Thursday 27 July 2017

Taste of Dublin gobbled up by the foodies keen to splash the extra cash

Pippa O'Connor, who judged the style award at Taste of Dublin Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Pippa O'Connor, who judged the style award at Taste of Dublin Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Liquid lunches were the order of the day at Taste of Dublin this weekend, as thousands of foodies ditched the nine-to-five grind to tuck into a fun day out.

Iveagh Gardens has been transformed into a grazing ground for contented-looking gourmands, who wandered round slurping down cocktails and mini portions of complicated dishes.

Marianne Walsh from Galway enjoyed a tipple Photo: Justin Farrelly
Marianne Walsh from Galway enjoyed a tipple Photo: Justin Farrelly

Those involved say that it's even busier this year than last.

Restaurateur Peter Rock of The Exchequer, who's also running the VIP tent at Taste, said that the very first year, a total of 100 bottles of champagne were sold.

This year, they sold the same amount in just one four-hour session, at a mere €60 a pop.

"People have a bit more money in their pockets.

"I don't like saying the recession is over, because people are still hurting, but Taste tells its own story," he said.

Plus, it seemed that if people weren't quaffing something alcoholic, they were munching down in it.

Prosecco cupcakes were proving a popular choice among foodies.

The Cupcake Bloke, aka Graham Herterich, said he had gone through half his stock already and had to put in an emergency call to his bakery to keep up with demand.

A new addition to the festival was a style award, judged by Pippa O'Connor.

She named Electric Media MD Megan O'Riordan the winner of the Connacht Gold style accolade for her orange and cream Asos ensemble.

The festival runs until tomorrow and over 32,000 will attend over the event.

Irish Independent

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