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Bloom 2015: Bord Bia launches 9th annual gardening, food and family festival

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Published 07/05/2015 | 09:34

Chloe Walsh, age 6, Kiki Deegan, age 6, Eabha Scully, age 6 and Liah Mann, age 5, pictured in the National Botantic Gardens for the launch of Bloom
Chloe Walsh, age 6, Kiki Deegan, age 6, Eabha Scully, age 6 and Liah Mann, age 5, pictured in the National Botantic Gardens for the launch of Bloom

Bloom 2015 will take place in Dublin's Phoenix Park from May 28th to June 1st.

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Peter Pan, stiletto heels, WB Yeats, home brewing and botanical beauty provide just some of the inspiration for this year’s Bloom show gardens

Bord Bia today launched its plans for Bloom 2015; a five day annual event packed full of gardening inspiration, gastronomic delights and good old fashioned family fun.

Now in its 9th year, the Bord Bia festival has firmly established itself as one of the most anticipated social events of the year, not just for those with green fingers,  but for all who enjoy a fantastic day out in the beautiful surroundings of the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Chloe Walsh, age 6, Kiki Deegan, age 6, Eabha Scully, age 6 and Liah Mann, age 5, pictured in the National Botantic Gardens for the launch of Bloom
Chloe Walsh, age 6, Kiki Deegan, age 6, Eabha Scully, age 6 and Liah Mann, age 5, pictured in the National Botantic Gardens for the launch of Bloom

Attracting a nationwide audience – with over 106,000 people attending last year – this year Ireland’s largest garden, food and family festival will run from Thursday, 28th May until Monday, 1st June 2015.

This year’s show will include 25 captivating Bloom show gardens, often referred to as the jewel in the crown of the Bord Bia festival.

The designers have continued the tradition of repeatedly raising the bar on previous years, to develop beautiful, imaginative and thought provoking designs.

Organisations such as Pieta House, The Ronald McDonald House, GOAL, The Atlantic Youth Trust, ITB Blanchardstown & Fingal County Council have also teamed up with designers to create gardens with powerful messages around social and cultural issues.

This year’s bespoke garden creations will include; Yeats Secret Garden in Sligo, which is part of the 2015 celebration of WB Yeats, and is based on his well-known poem, ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ and Beauty Full, a wonderful garden creation from Bloom veteran Fiann Ó Nualláin which aims to highlight the amazing botanical and plant based beauty treatments which can be found in the garden.

Returning to Bloom is designer Niall Maxwell, who will create The Pieta House Garden – Darkness into Light, to shine a light on attitudes towards mental health issues. Husband and wife Liat and Oliver Schurmann will create The PAN Garden, inspired by the upcoming Peter Pan movie by Warner Bros.

Kiki Deegan, age 6 (left) with Chloe Walsh, age 6, Liah Mann, age 5 and Eabha Scully, age 6 (right), pictured with Gary Graham of Bord Bia at the National Botantic Gardens for the launch of Bloom
Kiki Deegan, age 6 (left) with Chloe Walsh, age 6, Liah Mann, age 5 and Eabha Scully, age 6 (right), pictured with Gary Graham of Bord Bia at the National Botantic Gardens for the launch of Bloom

The gardens will vary in size from large, medium and small gardens, each developed with a unique theme and style to inspire those who wish to create their own garden at home.

For the third year, Bloom will also feature a number of Postcard Gardens designed and constructed by passionate amateur gardeners from all around the country.

This year the gardens will once again be judged by experts renowned in the world of horticulture. They include Andrew Wilson (award-winning garden designer, lecturer and writer), Mark Gregory (winner of 55 Chelsea medals), Karen Foley (landscape architect and educator) and Paul Maher (curator of the National Botanic Gardens).

A new feature at this year’s festival will be Bloom in Transition (BIT), showcasing the creative expression of transition year students via installation/projects in the fields of agriculture, food science, horticulture, environmental and ecological management, human health or societal issues.

The Banter at Bloom marquee is another new and exciting feature for this year’s festival.  At Banter, they talk... a lot! Chaired by Jim Carroll, the Banter marquee will host a series of discussions, talks, and conversations on topical issues around food, sustainability, agriculture, and everything in between.

Home to even more gastronomic delights and palette pleasers, the Food Village at Bloom will offer a wide range of artisan produce on sale and onsite dining options. Guests can also dine at Bistro Bloom restaurant, café and seafood bar, or visit the all new Country Crest Food Fayre, a 370-seater restaurant. Visitors can also try a wide range of tasty handcrafted Irish beers and spirits in the Bloom Inn.

For those in need of foodie inspiration, the Quality Kitchen stage is a must, with a number of cookery demonstrations taking place throughout each day with Ireland’s top chefs, including Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Rory O’Connell, The Lazy Chef Simon Lamont, David and Stephen Flynn (The Happy Pear) and Fiona Uyema, to name but a few. 

For more information and tickets, visit www.bloominthepark.com – kids go free!

Follow Bloom on facebook.com/bloominthepark or join the conversation on Twitter @Bloominthepark @bordbia and #bloom

Bloom 2015
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