Thanks to the Irish Food Bloggers Association and Bord Bia, I was sent two complimentary tickets to Bloom in the Park, Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event. I had been to a similar festival last year so I was really looking forward to this one.
I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Even though traffic was crazy this morning, we managed to arrive at the Phoenix Park by mid-morning. The weather was unbelievably good — incredible warmth, sunshine and those blue skies that I love so much.
Within the 70 acre site, visitors of Bloom are treated to gorgeous gardens, fantastic food and cool crafts. There’s just so much to see and do. You can view award-winning show gardens, indulge in the best of artisan food, attend cooking demonstrations, shop for handcrafted gifts, listen to live music, seek advice from expert gardeners and chat to farmers and local food producers. If you’re bringing kids, there’s plenty to keep them entertained too, in the form of a playground, tree climbing competitions and cupcake decorating. Don’t forget to take plenty of breaks too! There are lots of nice grassy areas to rest on as well as chairs, benches and even bean bags scattered throughout the site.
Bloom runs from today up until Monday 3rd of June. If you go, I hope the beautiful weather lasts and that you have as good a time as we did!
– Do go as early as possible. We arrived by car at 11 and it took us a good forty-five minutes to get parking. Friends went by public transport and it took them 45 minutes to get on the shuttle bus from the city centre to Phoenix Park.
– Don’t use the portaloos outside the entrance! I’m sorry but they were horrible. There are proper and decent toilets inside the actual site. (This may not be the nicest topic but it can be useful to know these things!)
– Do accept the map that will be offered to you at the entrance.
– Don’t get too frustrated trying to figure out where everything is. It’s a big event — my advice is to go at your own pace and explore as you go.
– Do feel free to bring your own bottles of water. There are even several refill points around the area.
– Don’t forget that there are tons of free drink samples so be sure to try all the lovely different juices, smoothies and teas before buying.
– Do accept as many free foodie samples as you can manage! You’re guaranteed to discover something new and delicious.
– Don’t get weighed down. You can leave your heavy purchases in the “crèche”. It’s free but users can leave a donation which will go to charity.
– Do check the weather beforehand and work out if you need suncream and shades or layers and brollies.
– Don’t forget to just enjoy yourself! Make the most of the day; laugh, relax and have fun 🙂