Monday 23 October 2017

Forget your backpack, but bring the sun cream for Taste

Taste of Dublin kicks off this Thursday June 15
Taste of Dublin kicks off this Thursday June 15
Celebrity chef Stuart O’Keeffe is looking forward to coming home from his LA base for the Taste of Dublin festival
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Food and drink lovers can expect sunshine and soaring temperatures this weekend as the Taste of Dublin festival returns to the Iveagh Gardens.

The hugely popular foodie festival begins today in Dublin city centre with 35,0000 people set to pour through the turnstiles.

And the good news is that the weather is looking up for the weekend with temperatures set to hit up to 25C.

This year's event sees more than 20 restaurants on site, in addition to 60 exhibitors and more than 160 masterclasses and demos.

Celebrity chef Stuart O’Keeffe is looking forward to coming home from his LA base for the Taste of Dublin festival
Celebrity chef Stuart O’Keeffe is looking forward to coming home from his LA base for the Taste of Dublin festival

French celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli is one of the biggest names on the bill, alongside Neven Maguire and Darina Allen.

TV3 chef Stuart O'Keeffe has flown in from his base in LA specially to attend and said that he'll be bringing a bit of Californian cuisine to his public demo.

The TV chef, who last year sold 10,000 copies of his cookbook in just seven minutes, said that he's busy working on his follow-up book and will draw on his time spent in the States.

"I always look forward to coming home to Taste. It's one of those things on my list for the summer and it's just getting bigger and better," he said.

Based in LA for the past 13 years, he has now received dual citizenship which he says takes a lot of uncertainty out of his future when it comes to living in Donald Trump's America.

"I wasn't going to give up my Irish citizenship so I just thought, why not apply for dual citizenship, especially with Trump being in power," he said. "I've lots of friends who live over there and aren't as lucky and I feel bad for them."

He also has a new show coming out next month on American network FYI. Entitled 'Stove Tarts', it sees him judging a group of amateur child chefs as they try to impress him with their culinary creations.

Meanwhile, security measures will be implemented for the first time ever at this year's festival, which runs over four days.

Organisers say that visitors to the Iveagh Gardens may not bring "backpacks or large bags" to the venue.

Irish Independent

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