Wednesday 13 December 2017

Foodies don't let downpour rain on their parade

Edel O'Connell

FOODIES got a true taste of an Irish summer at the country's biggest food and wine fair yesterday.

Plastic ponchos were the attire of choice at the closing day of the Taste of Dublin event, which was lashed with heavy rain, high winds and marred by grey skies.

The hardy souls who attended the event made an immediate beeline for the Superquinn stand where they were handing out free golf umbrellas.

There was nobody brave enough to take up the outdoor seating, but ladies sipped pink champagne and mojitos underneath sodden canopies.


"We are just going to do our best to make the most of it," said Anne Maloney from Drumcondra, Dublin, who attended the event with her daughter Anne Marie and her friend Marie Daly.

"We have never been here before so it is very disappointing that it is such a terrible day, and we can imagine just how wonderful it would be if it was a sunny day with all the outdoor seating, but what can you do?" she asked.

However, despite the deluge there was barely standing room at the Philadelphia Chef's Theatre when Neven Maguire of MacNean House and Restaurant in Blacklion, Co Cavan, took to the stand for a cookery demonstration.

Ciara Grehan, originally from Co Cork, was there with her two children Lia and Tom.

"The place looks absolutely fantastic, so we are going to do our best to have a good time," she said.

"I am disappointed for the kids as it would be lovely for them to run around and play, but we are going to enjoy the demonstrations and keep in from the weather as much as we can. We have sampled lot of foods already and everything has been delicious," she said.

Gina Flynn, from Lucan, west Dublin, said she was really looking forward to a cookery demonstration by Rachel Allen.

But she added: "I also think €25 is a little on the pricey side, considering you then have to pay for the food also, and not even kids go free."

Irish Independent

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