The annual Taste of Dublin festival was held in the beautiful Iveagh Gardens this past weekend. It ran for four days and offered the public a chance to sample some of the finest food and drink available in Ireland’s capital city.
The lovely Jamie Oliver opened the event on Thursday evening and in the following days, celebrity chefs such as Jean Christophe Novelli, Darina Allen, Neven Maguire and Catherine Fulvio appeared for cooking demonstrations and Q&A sessions. We attended the event on Sunday and got to see TV chefs Stuart O’Keefe, Norman Musa and Rachel Allen (who I have mentioned here before) cooking up a storm.
Throughout the day we were offered numerous free generous-sized samples from exhibitors including the famous black pudding from the Clonakilty Blackpudding Co, pizza slices from the Dr. Oetker Ristorante range, Müller yoghurt, Keogh’s crisps, and salted caramel truffles from Artisan du Chocolat.
Prime rump steak with sauce béarnaise and chunky chips from Chop House
Representatives from the best restaurants in the city gathered to give the public a taste of what they had to offer. Just some of the incredible ‘sample size’ dishes presented were Connemara crab and leek lasagne from Il Primo, rose veal Bolognese with potato gnocchi and aged parmesan from Pichet, mini mixed beef and lamb pasties with red wine jus from The Exchequer, Dublin Bay prawns from Unicorn, Manjari chocolate and raspberry brownies from Gordon Ramsey at Powerscourt and dark chocolate mousse with blueberry compote from Bang. There were plenty more mouth-watering options and really, there was something for everyone.
White chocolate and coffee bean ice cream with honeycomb, dried raspberries and bitter chocolate nibs from ‘Chapter One’
In true Irish style, there was also plenty of drink on the scene and between the various beers, wines, spirits and cocktails we were spoilt for choice. For those who didn’t drink, there were also gourmet coffees, fresh juices and sparkling sodas on offer.
Tropic Thunder & Mudslide Cocktails from Gecko
Considering our little country has been having even more rain than usual this June, we were incredibly lucky with the weather. The sun came out and so did the people. There was a great crowd and everyone was in good spirits. We found the staff at the event friendly and courteous, and the musical entertainment was very enjoyable. We went home full and happy, having had one of those perfect summer days that we’ll remember for a long time to come.