The layout has changed dramatically with the exhibition theatre on your left and the main music stage on the right which works so much better, allowing the crowds to sit on the grass or the many Elephant beanbags with a drink in the sun, enjoying the acts. We really liked Frankie Says who had lots of people up on the dancefloor.
If you've never been to Taste of Dublin before, the one thing you need to know is that cash isn't king. You need to swap your money for Florins, the official currency of the event (sponsored by Just-Eat.ie) and each Florin is worth €1. Everybody accepts Florins as payment at the event, cash doesn't work here. Also, make sure you spend every last one as they can't be converted back into cash. Let me give you a few pointers on where to spend them!
We loved the Taste of Thailand area where we ate Phad Khing Chicken with jasmine rice (6 Florins) which was full of ginger and cashew nuts. We also sampled the Life's a Beach cocktail (6 Florins) and a bottle of Singha beer (5 Florins). If you fancy a bit of pampering, there's a mini Thai massage available and a chance to enter a competition to win a trip to Thailand.
Sticking with Asia, we moved onto Diep Le Shaker where we tried Kae Yang - Irish Spring Lamb with a dried chili, shallot & tamarind dressing (7 Florins) and Hanglay Moo which is a pork curry (6 Florins).
Aldi invited us to try their #28byAldi steak in their pavilion. Cooked by Cormac Rowe from Michelin starred Mount Juliet in Kilkenny, the steaks were served with triple cooked chips, a warm salad and bearnaise sauce. I had striploin and The Hubs had ribeye - both were delicious, tender and perfectly cooked. We also sampled the Basil and Strawberry pannacotta which was surprisingly delicate.
While wandering around the event, we saw some great new Irish products including tubs of donut holes from George at Empire Donuts (3 Florins) and stunning Rhubarb Coconut Ice (4 Florins) from Nicole at Pandora Bell.
We certainly didn't go thirsty with stands selling everything from coffee to cocktails with lots of fizz and beer as well. The Hubs thought this beer was named after me. He's a funny guy...
A low point for me was the Portaloo queues, which were as always, never ending and the fragrance once inside left a lot to be desired. One area that definitely needs upgrading before next year's event. There has to be a better way to operate the toilet facilities...
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