2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Taste of Dublin food festival which kicks off in the Iveagh Gardens today. Sadly, I'll be missing it due to #babaduckenvacances but if you're planning a trip into town, here's my top tips for a great afternoon or evening out.
Electrolux Chefs' Secrets
This is a great series of interactive cookery demonstrations held by many of Ireland's most noted chefs including sponsor Lynda Booth from Dublin Cookery School, Oliver Dunne, Rachel Allen, Edward Hayden, Kevin Dundon & Sunil Ghai. Places are free but on a first come, first served basis so grab a drink & a seat and enjoy the show!
Lots of great restaurants are taking part - the full list is here - ones not to miss include Aniar, China Sichuan, Jaipur, Rock Lobster and the new kid in town, East Side Tavern. Each will be showcasing their top dishes so choose wisely
Irish Food & Drink
Wander around the many exhibitor stalls including Glenisk, Shortcross Gin, O'Donnell's Crisps & Teelings Irish Whiskey for a true taste of Ireland. Lots of free samples and florin-friendly drinks offerings available here.
Electrolux Taste Theatre
This is where the big name visitors come to showcase their culinary skills and you can see Michel Roux Jr., Monica Galetti, Richard Corrigan, Neven Maguire, Derry Clarke & Ross Lewis show you how to recreate restaurant level food at home.
Always a winner, I've danced in the rain and hailstones to Spring Break and Smash Hits and hopefully the sun will shine so you can enjoy their music together with The Swing Cats and Rackhouse Pilfer.
Tickets start from €15.00 per person & €2.50 booking fee and dishes cost from 4 florins (the onsite currency). Prebooked tickets are much cheaper than buying at the door...