Deli Monday - BIF '17

March 13th 2017

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Belgrade Irish Festival has been celebrating all things Irish culture and arts in and around Paddy's Day since the first iteration back in 2013. Initially set up as a film festival the programme has expanded every year to include music, theatre, photography, dance and food. It's quite something to find a buzzing little festival like this in an equally buzzin Balkan capital that's relatively undiscovered and under-explored by people back home. So much so that when we said we were off to cook in Belgrade, many puzzled looks came back our way which slowly melted into enlightened expression when we said the capital of Serbia which is beside Croatia and Hungary, two more familiar destinations. 

Deli Monday is a regular culinary event in a great arts centre called KC GRAD in Savamala. Past guest cooks have come from a variety of countries, restaurants and organisations, from the Serbian Society for Neuroscience to the international Festival of student theatre, the Norwegian Embassy to local LGBTQ rights activist groups. Each group cooks up a meal while also raising awareness about their event, cause or product.  We were there in all our emerald finery to introduce folks to Irish cuisine and we are pretty sure we rustled up some dishes the locals probably have never come across before: our favorite nutmeg-y leek and oat soup, Brotchan Roy, with a wild leek pesto and a hearty Beef + Dillisk stew, both served with a mini cheddar-kale-bladderwrack scone.