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.

5 Reasons to get along to this years Taste of Dublin event

1. The Food

Okay, so it may seem like we’re stating the obvious, but the food on show is reason enough to get yourself along to the Taste of Dublin.  Enjoy food prepared by some of Ireland’s top chefs and sample locally sourced and produced food along with some tasty artisan treats.  We were really impressed with the food on offer at our first Taste of Dublin trip last year and have no doubt it will be more of the same this year.

Chop House at Taste of Dublin - Pikalily Food Blog

Chop House Steak Chips - Pikalily Food Blog

2. Learn from the chefs

Last year we watched a great cooking demo by Oliver Dunne from the popular Bon Appetit in Malahide. As well as sharing some great tips for cooking seafood and pasta, Oliver discussed his reasoning for no longer chasing a Michelin star for his restaurant.  So not only do you get some great tips to take into your own kitchen, you’ll also get an insight into what makes these chefs so good at what they do.  With top chefs including Rachel Allen, Neven Maguire, Danni Barry and popular pastry chef Paul Kelly, you’ll pick up so many tips from these talented chefs.

Chef Oliver Dunne - Pikalily Food Blog

3. The setting

Last year was our first time visiting the Iveagh Gardens, and there’s no doubt about it that this setting plays a big part in making the Taste of Dublin such a popular event, especially if you’re blessed with the weather.  Located in the city centre near St Stephen’s Green, Iveagh Gardens are perfect for enjoying a leisurely stroll as you go from food stall to drink stall and back again.  With woodlands, rockeries and a stunning waterfall, you’ll be more than happy to lose a day or two relaxing to the smell of great food in Iveagh Gardens.

2015 Taste of Dublin - Pikalily Food Blog

4. Enjoy a tipple or three

The Taste of Dublin is as much about Irish produced drink than it is food, and with craft beers, whiskey, spirits, ciders and non-alcoholic beverages, you’ll have plenty of choice as you go around the many producer stalls.  You might even find an area that you’ll comfortably sit and relax with a few drinks in for a number of hours (maybe even the day).  Last year we stopped by a prosecco bus and also called in to Ireland’s smallest bar, a camper van that was located at the festival.  With so much options for drink, it might be worth considering staying the night in Dublin and leaving the car at home or the hotel!

Prosecco Bus Taste of Dublin - Pikalily Food Blog

5. Foodie talks

The talks at Taste of Dublin of aren’t just limited to chefs sharing their cooking tips with you.  You’ll also find a range of informative talks on a range of food topics including food production, food styling and more educational food related talks.  You can also take time to relax in between these talks by enjoying a drink and listening to one of the many bands that will perform over the 4 days.

Johan Van der Merwe Food Stylist - Pikalily Food Blog

Want to visit this years Taste of Dublin?

Have we managed to convince you that the Taste of Dublin might be worth getting along to this year?  If you’d like to visit this years Taste festival, Chill Insurance are currently running a competition to give away 10 pairs of tickets for the event.  Simply click on the link below to enter.

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N.B. We have created this post with Chill Insurance to help promote their Taste of Dublin competition.  All opinions expressed are our own.


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