Calling all foodies – the Taste of Dublin food festival is back this coming June, and the tastiest tickets in town are now available.
This is the festival’s ninth year and there are some new treats in store for 2014. Eat, drink, be merry and learn something too, if you want.
Eat: This is the tastiest festival of the year with renowned international and homegrown chefs dishing up to the hungry masses. Taste is a really unique opportunity to sample cooking by the two Allens, Kevin Dundon, Kevin Thornton and Tom Kitchin – over one elongated and indulgent weekend.
One of the sweetest things about Taste is you don’t have to compromise: He can have pizza, she can have sushi and someone might just fancy a burger. Brioche, The Chop House, Diep le Shaker, The Hot Stove, Il Primo, Jaipur, Matt the Thrasher, Rock Lobster, Saba and The Green Hen are all in attendance. This is having your cake and eating it. And speaking of cake, don’t miss Chapter One’s dessert stand for a bit of Michelin-starred sweet.
Drink: There will be plenty of thirst quenchers on hand too with wines, cocktails and craft beers. The roll call includes Celtic Whiskey Shop, Crabbies, Cremin and Radley, Dingle Brewery, Dublin Wine Rooms and the Havana Club Cocktail Bar.
And be merry: The Iveagh Gardens are the beautiful location of the event and, after last summer’s incredible waves of heat, hopes are high for a blistering 2014. Let’s hope the sun shines on Taste so we can just kick back between meals and enjoy the surrounds. There will also be rotating Podology garden pods where a group of up to six can sit and take it all in with a 360 degree view.
Learn – if you want: For those who want to learn the Electrolux Taste Theatre will be hosting demonstrations and several big name chefs will be sharing a few of their hints and tips.
‘Food For Thought’ is this year’s fitting theme, encouraging attendees to think about what they’re eating and where it’s coming from. Artisan producers will be on hand discussing their food provenance as well as selling their unique products. There will also be some culinary talks ‘Talking Tastes‘ on topics like sugar spinning, veganism, seaweed and sushi.
The Iveagh Gardens
All images courtesy Taste of Dublin