Friday 9 December 2016

Spice bags, engagement rings and cakes of character on Taste menu

Published 18/06/2016 | 02:30

At the Taste of Dublin festival in the Iveagh Gardens were reporter Kirsty Blake Knox tasting a ‘Spice Bag’ cocktail with bartenders Calum Murray and Steve Cranley. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
At the Taste of Dublin festival in the Iveagh Gardens were reporter Kirsty Blake Knox tasting a ‘Spice Bag’ cocktail with bartenders Calum Murray and Steve Cranley. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Legendary late-night takeaway the 'Spice Bag' has been transformed into a boozy cocktail for this year's Taste of Dublin.

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The tipple has been created by The Foxes Rock brewery and contains rye, a splash of passion fruit and mango puree, some peach liquor and a dash of bitters, all topped off with a bird's eye chilli. "It's our best seller by far," bartender Calum Murray said proudly.

Chef Nevin Maguire with Ellen Ryan and daughter Emily Rose from
Kilbrittan, Co Cork. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Chef Nevin Maguire with Ellen Ryan and daughter Emily Rose from Kilbrittan, Co Cork. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Hundreds of people poured into Dublin's Iveagh Gardens yesterday for the second day of the food festival. "We have three generations here," Bet Moran said, gesturing towards her daughter and two grand children Gracie (4) and Isabel (6). "It's a real family day out. We just need a bit of sunshine now."

Over by the Hooked by Aldi fish restaurant there were cries of delight as Donal O'Neill from Donabate proposed to his girlfriend of three years, Amy Costigan.

Donal had hidden the sparkling engagement ring in an oyster shell - despite the fact his fiancée doesn't eat them. Thankfully, she didn't hold this against him and Champagne corks popped when she said "Yes."

Michelin-star chef Ross Lewis handed out 'Cakes of Character' at the Barry's Tea stall. "We've taken inspiration from old-fashioned sponge cakes, the good ones you could eat with a fork," he said.

Emer Lawn from Donegal, Evelyn Peters from Tipperary, and Anna Pfeifer from Wicklow. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Emer Lawn from Donegal, Evelyn Peters from Tipperary, and Anna Pfeifer from Wicklow. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

A crowd gathered around the Dunbrody House stand where Kevin Dundon was holding cookery demonstrations.

Florins (Taste's token-based currency) quickly vanished beside the gin bar as measures were poured.

Each stall was laden with moreish treats, from seared steaks and tuna tartar to chocolate eclairs and cheesecake served in mini mason jars.

"It's hard to try everything but I'm trying my best," Aisling Doyle from Rathgar said.

Stuffed to the gills, people nestled into oversized deckchairs before going back for second helpings.

Irish Independent

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