5 Reasons to visit the 2016 Taste of Dublin

2015 Taste of Dublin - Pikalily Food Blog

Last year was our first year visiting the Taste of Dublin (read about it here) and the popular foodie festival is returning again with the picturesque Iveagh Gardens once more the venue.  If like us, you love to get out and about for a day and enjoy sampling different types of food and drink, then the Taste of Dublin will be right up your street.  Below we look at 5 reasons to get yourself along to Iveagh Gardens for the Taste event, which runs from 16th – 19th June.

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A trip to the 2015 Taste of Dublin

2015 Taste of Dublin - Pikalily Food Blog

Last Sunday we made the long(ish) trip from Newcastle to Dublin for the 2015 Taste of Dublin event which took place in the heart of Dublin City Centre at Iveagh Gardens.  Now in its tenth year, the Taste of Dublin is a four day food and drink event showcasing the very best in Dublin restaurants as well as Irish food and drinks producers.  With a variety of top chefs on hand to give cooking demo’s throughout the festival, we were certainly intrigued as to what it would all have in store for us.  Needless to say, we weren’t disappointed.
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Exploring the true beauty of Dublin

Temple Bar Dublin Cover - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

We’ve been fortunate to be travelling around Ireland a lot of late and one city that we just love going back to again and again is Dublin.  The capital city of Ireland has become a real cosmopolitan city in recent years and offers so much variety for locals and tourists.  It’s always an extremely friendly and welcoming city to visit and with friends living in the city, we do try to get there at least once or twice a year.

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Great food at The Green Hen, Dublin

Green Hen Dublin Entrance - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

A few weeks ago we travelled to Dublin to spend a night with friends and do a little sightseeing.  We’ve been to Dublin on a number of occasions and are no strangers to the city, but one thing we haven’t really explored enough is the real food side of Dublin.  This changed on our recent trip and we can’t wait to get back down to visit some of the great eateries that have been recommended to us by fellow food bloggers.  We’ve seen plenty of Dublin city including the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery, so now it’s time to explore it’s food culture.  We picked the brain of two of our friends for a nice restaurant in the city centre and we were pointed in the direction of The Green Hen.

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The Guinness Storehouse – A must see in Dublin

Guinness Storehouse Dublin - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

It’s was the most popular tourist attraction in Ireland in 2013 and it’s easy to see why.  We’re talking about The Guinness Storehouse, the home of Ireland’s most famous export – the black stuff – Guinness.  We recently spent a day touring around Dublin and decided to get on the city bus tour, and top of our list of places to check in on was the Guinness Storehouse.  This was our second time at the Storehouse having previously visited last Christmas.  It’s fair to say it was a tad busier on this occasion as the Americans where in town to watch Penn State vs UCF in an American Football game at Croke Park.  We didn’t hang about, and set about enjoying this magnificent tourist attraction once again.

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Christmas visit to the Jameson Distillery in Dublin

Jameson distillery tour Christmas Dublin

Before Christmas we took a short trip to Dublin, which is one of our favourite cities to visit and always provides with some great ideas to take back to the kitchen.  We try to visit Dublin at least once a year but this was our first time visiting the city so close to Christmas.  It really is quite special at Christmas with areas like Grafton Street and O’Connell Street looking truly spectacular in the winter night sky.  On this particular visit to Dublin, we decided to put on our tourist hats and see the city as if we were first time visitors.  The only way to really do this and to see everything Dublin has to offer is to hop onto one of the guided Dublin bus tours, so that’s just what we did.

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