SOME 30,000 food fans are expected to attend the Taste of Dublin Food Festival this weekend.
The capital's biggest food festival officially began last night as a host of well-known names, including TV star Jennifer Maguire and rugby analyst Brent Pope, turned out at the Iveagh Gardens.
The four-day festival runs until Sunday, with more than 21 exhibitors.
Taste has been plagued by rain in previous years, and this year should be no different.
However, festival director Rachel Kelly is remaining positive that large crowds will not be deterred from attending the festival, where celebrity chefs, including Rachel Allen, Neven Maguire and Clodagh McKenna, will be serving up their best dishes.
"We will have 25-30,000: ticket sales have been really strong," Ms Kelly insisted.
"I don't think the weather will make a difference; it never has before and food lovers just get on with it."
Republic of Telly star Maguire was enjoying her first Taste of Dublin as she enjoyed a romantic afternoon with fiance Lau Zamparelli.
"Lau is in his element here because he's not a big drinker," explained the Dubliner.
"He's been eating all around him and I've been drinking all around me," she laughed.
Other chefs taking part include Catherine Fulvio, Darina Allen and Oliver Dunne.
This article originally appeared in The Herald