Entertainment Festivals

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Minions, foodies and dog-friendly gardens all help festival to Bloom

Sophie Bracken (4), from Lusk, and Lauren Keane (5), from Leopardstown, at the launch of Bloom 2017, which takes place in the Phoenix Park from June 1-5. Photo: Colm Mahady/Fennells
Sophie Bracken (4), from Lusk, and Lauren Keane (5), from Leopardstown, at the launch of Bloom 2017, which takes place in the Phoenix Park from June 1-5. Photo: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Alan O'Keeffe

Minions, a dog-friendly garden, the skills of top chefs and the talents of crafts people will be among many attractions at Bloom 2017.

Children, older people, music lovers, foodies and fashionistas will find fascinating features at the food and gardening event which is held at the Phoenix Park in Dublin over five days from June 1.

Universal Studios has joined a wide array of companies and groups installing show gardens at the event this year.

The film studio is devising a garden based on the hit animation 'Despicable Me 3' movie, which is expected to attract large numbers of the 15,000 children who attend the Bloom event each year.

"Several characters from the movie will be featured," said Gary Graham, manager and founder of the annual Bord Bia Bloom event.

"The children can also visit a Grow Your Own area which will show them how to enjoy planting and gardening activities," he said.

One of the display gardens will be designed to show how to create a safe outdoor environment for people with dementia.

Healing

"A garden space for people with dementia can be enormously beneficial. Colours can be stimulating and smells can be a very powerful link to memories. The colour green can be restful, healing, and calming," said Mr Graham.

Meanwhile, a dog friendly garden, named On Cloud CaNine, has been sponsored by the Dogs Trust.

"Dogs want to feel part of the family and allowing them into the garden is much better than putting them into separate 'dog runs'," he said.

Music stages, fashion shows, panel discussions, and a huge variety of food areas are expected to attract a big attendance from families once more.

More than 25 live cookery demonstrations will be given by renowned experts Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Rory O'Connell, Roz Purcell and others.

Marty Morrissey and Aine Lawlor will broadcast live for RTE.

Ticket information and full details are on www.bloominthepark.ie

Irish Independent

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