What to Drink and When: Cheering in the Lunar New Year with Richie Castillo and Mei Chin

Sunday 4th February 2024 

Chester Beatty, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Join Richie Castillo and Mei Chin at a live podcast taping at the Chester Beatty, as they unpack Asian’s complicated drinking history.  From boba to tea, pressed fruit juices, beer, and wine, the history of East and Southeast Asian beverages has been rich and creative. It has been informed by a plethora of traditions, which range from Confucian to Catholic, and also by the fact that in many countries, fresh water has been dangerous to drink. 

A few facts: Tea continues to be the second most consumed beverage in the world, and its introduction to the Western world was due to a Scottish man who pretended to be Chinese in order to learn the secret of roasting leaves.

Koreans have the most structured drinking culture, because they are the most Confucian of all countries.

Alcohol has always been important in Asia; however the French company Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey began growing grapes in the Yunnan province, and created Ao Yun, one of the most desirable wines in the world.   

Castillo, chef/owner of Bahay is this year’s Dublin Lunar New Year ambassador. Chin, is last year’s ambassador, writer, and founder of the award-winning podcast Spice Bags. Castillo, who is Filipino Irish, and Chin, who is American born Chinese, will also dish on what they and their families drink in the New Year. 

Please note this event will be recorded for a Headstuff Studio podcast.

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