Taste of Dublin 2013 got underway on Thursday at the Iveagh Gardens and myself and Mrs. Any Given Food-to-be had a chance to drop in for the evening session yesterday. I got to cook, we both got soaked, almost lost an umbrella, sampled a variety of dishes, picked up some chocolates, coffees, pastries, an awesome vegetarian dish from Jaipur and generally spent three hours walking around the Iveagh Gardens having a good time of this year’s festival.
The rain didn’t really help the flow of things on the evening, but at least we came prepared for it. It certainly made for easy passage around the tracks in the Iveagh Gardens but meant that any tents with shelter room, particularly around the restaurants area, were jammers.
It was also my first time at the event and, weather aside, it made for a really enjoyable evening. Producers and reps on stands were lovely to talk to, the atmosphere was very much “it’s Friday, let’s party” but if we had stayed any longer, we were in danger of spending a fortune in the place and not getting out of Dublin at all. Here’s a look at some of the evening in photo form… Continue Reading
Taste Of Dublin gets underway this evening from 6pm at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin for four days of food, restaurants, expert demos, cookalongs, tutorials, tastings and the rest.
I’ll be hitting the evening session tomorrow taking in, amongst other things, the Electrolux Chefs’ Secrets area where you’ve got a chance to cook along with difference chefs across the weekend and get one-on-one advice from the experts.
Some of Ireland’s top chefs including Rachel Allen, Derry Clarke, Clodagh McKenna, Kevin Dundon, Nevin Maguire, Ross Lewis and Catherine Fulvio will be taking a leading role on the Electrolux Taste Theatre, giving visitors the chance to garner top hints and tips for the summer season. Patricipating restaurants this year also include Bon Appetit, The Green Hen, Chop House, Pichet, Jaipur, Aniar, Icehouse, Ely, The Hot Stove and more.
Tickets this year are from €23.50 in advance and €28.50 on the door with sessions lasting four hours each (12pm to 4pm in daytime and 5.30pm to 9.30pm in the evening).
While you can pay for your tickets on the door, don’t forget that Taste doesn’t use cash on site, but instead operates on its own currency called Florins. Florins are required to purchase signature dishes from the restaurants, drinks from bars and products from exhibitors. Florins can be purchased online when booking your tickets or at any Florin Banks spread across the Iveagh Gardens. 1 Euro gets you 1 Florin and the average dish at Taste will set you back 5 Florins, or 5 Euro. Servings are tapas sized – enough for you to try more than a few dishes and for chefs to show off their skills.
Taste of Dublin is located in the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin city centre. Access to the gardens is via Clonmel Street just off Harcourt Street. The gardens are a short walk from both Harcourt Street and St Stephens Green Luas stations.
If you spot me pottering around tomorrow evening with the camera, do say hi!
This year’s Taste Of Dublin event, the seventh annual no less, gets the Jamie Oliver treatment as one of the UK’s finest rolls into town on June 14th to launch this year’s event and, for the first time ever, will do a live cooking demo in Ireland.
Taste Of Dublin runs at Iveagh Gardens again this yeah, starting on Thursday June 14th and finishing on Sunday June 17th. Tickets for this year’s event go on sale from 18th April with early bird on sale this month. The advance tickets will cost €20 plus €3.50 booking fee, or €28.50 on the door each day (giving you full access to the festival and masterclasses).
Also appearing on the bill for this year will be Valentine Warner, Thomasina Miers, Rachel Allen, Oliver Dunne, Ross Lewis, Derry Clarke with more top chefs and exhibitors to be announced yet. There’s also 20 of Dublin’s top restaurants, masterclasses and over 100 exhibitors to look out for come June.
For more on this year’s festival lineup, check out TasteOfDublin.ie.
Photo of Jamie Oliver by David Loftus
THE SIXTH annual Taste Of Dublin kicked off on Thursday and runs through Sunday at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. If you’ve missed the start of the weekend, don’t fret, you’ve still got all of Saturday and Sunday to get through yet, with tickets available for both days. Ireland’s “Greatest Food and Drink Festival” promises a feast for the sense across the coming days. There’s over 20 top restaurants, world renowned chefs, live demonstrations, wines, over 100 artisan producers and a ton more besides on site.
You’ll also find Weber’s Barbeque Experience Roadshow, Taste Factor (with Nessa Robbins winning the on-air competition and cooking with Edward Hayden earlier today), Taste Of Malaysia, the Visiting Restaurant, the Edward Dillon Spirits Academy and more, all of which are new for 2011.
Tasting / dining tickets (florins) are also available to purchase along with your regular tickets. As festivals go, you’d want to have a few euro in your pocket between tickets (20), florins (another 17.50), booking charges and more before you buy and shop your way around the Iveagh Gardens.
Here’s the official rundown on the start of this year’s Taste Of Dublin…
Taste of Dublin, Ireland’s Premier Outdoor Food and Drink Festival, officially opened last night and the culinary elite were out in force to experience the wonderful atmosphere and gastronomic delights on offer. With such a fantastic line up and exciting new features, Taste of Dublin, which is running until Sunday, is set to be its most successful to date.
Celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo heated things up with his Italian Masterclass in the Philadelphia Chef’s Theatre in front of a full house. Antony Worrall Thompson delighted guests at his intimate and informative Q&A at The Chefs Table, chaired by food critic, Katy McGuinness which was an exotic Indian themed tent. Glamorous Rachel Kelly, Director of Taste of Dublin welcomed guests, including Andrew Street and Suzanne McHugh of Superquinn, Dee Ahearn and Maurice Pratt of Barretstown and David Baddeley and Adrian Yeates of Volvo to the VIP Appletiser Suite.
Inaugural Taste Icon award winner, Myrtle Allen, chatted with Senator Feargal Quinn and daughter-in-law Hazel Allen, while fellow foodies Georgina Campbell, Tom Doorley, Kevin Dundun, Donal Skehan, Catherine Fulvio, Clodagh McKenna and Louise Lennox appreciated the gourmet delights on offer. Dragon’s Den Judge Niall O’Farrell and Celebrity Salon stars Alan Hughes and Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace were deep in conversation, while Deborah Veale, Lorraine Keane, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and Angela Scanlon added a touch of style in advance of the Best Dressed Competition taking place today (Friday), with IMAGE Magazine and Harvey Nichols. Spring Break and Smash Hits took to the stage guaranteeing a good time while guests danced the night away to their favourite 80s and 90s tunes.
Tickets for Taste of Dublin sponsored by Superquinn are now on sale starting from €25 excl. booking fee from the Taste of Dublin Box Office or call ticket line 0818 30 00 30. You can also follow Taste of Dublin on Facebook and Twitter.