Bord Bia’s Bloom, the hugely successful gardening, food and family festival, will take place once again in the Phoenix Park, Dublin this June Bank Holiday weekend.
The popular event, which is now in its sixth year, attracted more than 90,000 people last year. According to Bord Bia this year’s show will incorporate 27 show-gardens, over 100 Irish food and drink producers, 40 nurseries within the Floral Marquee, 25 cookery demonstrations and over 160 retailers, all within a 70-acre site. Bloom 2012 will run over five days, from Thursday 31stMay – Monday 4thJune.
For food lovers, Bord Bia is building on the success of its popular Food Village which was introduced last year, with an even bigger showcase planned for 2012. Built around a central dining area, the Bord Bia Food Village will feature over 100 Irish food and drink companies .
At the centre of the Bord Bia Food Village, the Chef’s Summer Kitchen will host live cooking demonstrations from some of Ireland’s much loved Chefs such as Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Donal Skehan and Rozanne Stevens who will demonstrate tasty recipes featuring Bord Bia Quality Assured ingredients. The events will be hosted by broadcaster and Foodie, Ella McSweeney who will also interview Irish food producers to discuss the production of high quality foods.
Visitors have the opportunity to sample and purchase a wide range of top quality food including: fresh Bord Bia Quality Assured produce at the Meat, Poultry & Fish Marquee and “Best in Season” fresh produce market; the finest artisan foods Ireland has to offer at the Artisan Food Market and Artisan Caterers Street Food stalls; and complimenting the wonderful food, the popular “Bloom Inn” will be offering artisan beers, whiskey and spirits.
There will be a wide variety of food available to suit all palettes and wallets at Bloom. From dining in Bistro Bloom’s restaurants to on-the-go snacks, from pit stops for tasty treats to choosing from the best of Irish artisan food and drink, there is something to cater for everyone’s tastes.
Tickets are on sale now starting at €15 and children go free! Intending visitors are encouraged to book early for discounted rates by visiting www.bloominthepark.com . You can follow Bloom 2012 on www.facebook.com/bloominthepark and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #Bloom2012.