Taste of Dublin organisers pay tribute to the late Paolo Tullio at festival launch
The chief organiser of Taste of Dublin paid tribute to the late food writer Paolo Tullio at the launch of this year’s festival as mourners gathered in Trinity College for his funeral service today.
Avril Bannerton revealed that Paolo’s death was a huge loss for Taste of Dublin and Ireland’s food community and spoke about his support for the festival throughout the years.
“Paolo was a huge culinary supporter for Taste," she said.
“I was looking at some of the footage from the years at Taste last night and I spotted him in the garden."
“He was with us in Dublin Castle and all the way along and we are kindly remembering him,” Avril said at today’s launch in Iveagh Gardens.
The event organiser said that the late food writer and star of The Restaurant would have wanted everyone to enjoy the festival as he had throughout the last ten years.
“I think he would have totally approved of the fact that we’re here within a close remit and a stone’s throw away from his service in Trinity today.
“I know many of you are en route to the funeral and it’s unfortunate timing but I know he’d want all of us to have a good day,” Avril said.
Mourners including Derry Clarke, Tom Doorley and Paul McGuinness poured into the Examinations Hall in Trinity College Dublin this afternoon to commemorate Paolo in a humanist service.