Taste of Dublin returns to the Iveagh Gardens from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th of June to showcase the very best in Irish food and drinks. Here are five things to know before you go:-
1. Celeb cooking demos
Looking for some culinary guidance? This year, the foodie festival will be home to the Neff Taste Kitchen - a state of the art arena where you will see celebrity chefs including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of River Cottage, Candice Brown of the Great British Bake Off, Rachel Allen of Ballymaloe, Robin Gill of The Dairy and Masterchef judge, Adrian Martin, Food Writer and TV chef, Executive Chef Anna Haugh and Aoife Noonan of Glovers Alley.
Hosted by Marcus O’Laoirehe, the chefs will showcase their amazing skills and chat through their recipes and tips.
The line-up also includes Ed Cooney of the Merrion Hotel, Edward Hayden - TV chef, Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody House, Rory O'Connell of Ballymaloe, Sharon Hearne-Smith - Food Stylist and Cookbook Author and Sunil Ghai - Head Chef of Pickle, among many others.
2. Celebrating small producers
As part of the Producer’s Table, food journalist Dee Laffan will interview Irish start-up producers, including Irish Atlantic Sea Salt, Sadie’s Kitchen Bone Broth, Glenilen Farm and Newgrange Gold.
They all have interesting stories to hear, if you’re not only a quality ingredient fan but also if you’re interested in the entrepreneurial side of things. Celebrity Chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Rory O’Connell, Kevin Dundon and Robin Gill will chat about their passion for artisan, fresh ingredients.
3. Flavours from around the globe
This year's theme is the ‘Food Lover’s Playground’ so why not take a spin around the restaurants and experiences for tastes of Thailand, Spain, Japan, China, Korea and India.
What's on the menu? How about some sushi from Japan or perhaps some Indian food from the 'Pink City' or why not skip straight to dessert and try some chocolate stones from Santiago de Compostela.
4. It falls on Father's Day
Not sure what to get your dad for Father's Day? Luckily, Taste runs from Thursday, 14th to Sunday 17th (Father's Day) and we bet he'd love nothing more than a food-filled stroll around the beautiful Iveagh gardens.
Alternatively, if you're giving dad a break from the kids, why not bring them out for storytelling, face-painting and special film characters about the place - after all, kids under 10 go free! (Don’t forget to pack your suncream!).
5. Get lazy
This year, The Lazy Chef Simon Lamont is hosting a brand new experience called ‘The Lazy Basics’ where he will teach visitors handy hacks in 20 mins - including which knives to use - how to make sourdough, butter from scratch, quick knife hacks and ‘weird vegetables - and cool things to do with them’.
Tickets for Taste of Dublin are on sale from €15 - please go to www.tasteofdublin.ie