The humble toastie has been a staple of the Irish diet for generations so it's about time it got the credit it deserves.
The Harbour Bar in Bray is doing just that next month by hosting Ireland's first ever Toastie Festival. In a post on its Facebook page, the popular seaside haunt invites toastie lovers to come down from Friday November 3 to Sunday November 5 and join in as they celebrate an Irish classic.
"A DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES - Join us for Ireland’s first Toastie Festival from Friday 3rd November to Sunday 5th November – a celebration of a Harbour Bar classic, our humble ham and cheese toastie, a firm favourite to go with that post Cliff Walk well-earned pint or perfect pot of tea.
"Throughout the festival there will be the classic ham and cheese offering alongside some more adventurous fillings to try, and match with whatever your tipple.
Plus free tea top ups too.
"Visitors can snag a seat by one of the Harbour Bar’s roaring fires or cosy up out front for outside service.
All welcome, dogs too, to pay homage to the Toastie."
They had us at "free tea top ups" and "roaring fire". A hop on the DART, a stroll along the seafront and a delicious toasty to top things off. Plus, your four-legged friend is welcome to join in the fun.
Is there a more ideal way to spend a winter weekend? The answer is no.