Foodie fans tuck in for a Taste of Dublin
Enfant terrible of the restaurant world Marco Pierre White was one of several celebrity chefs to crowd into Dublin's Iveagh gardens for the launch of Taste of Dublin.
Over 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the gastronomic celebration, which runs until Sunday.
The four-day festival will include culinary demonstrations, with Kevin Dundon, Neven Maguire, Simon Lemont and Robin Gill all whipping up treats.
Also taking part is Cathal Armstrong, a Killiney native whose venue Restaurant Eve, near Washington DC, is a favourite haunt of the Obamas. "They're food people, they enjoy food," he said. "I also cooked a couple of times for Hilary Clinton at a restaurant I was working at so we would have had a lot of politicians there."
Yesterday, a queue of famished foodies snaked up Dublin's Harcourt Street as they waited for the festival to start. The theme of the 2016 Taste of Dublin, sponsored by Electrolux, is 'homecoming' and aims to highlight the vibrant Irish culinary scene.