Wednesday 25 April 2018

Five things to see and do at Bloom in the Park this weekend

Emma Connolly (12), Palmerstown with her Grandfather Tom Geoghegan at Bloom in The Phoenix Park
Emma Connolly (12), Palmerstown with her Grandfather Tom Geoghegan at Bloom in The Phoenix Park
Hannah Woods pictured at Bloom in The Phoenix Park
Ann McAndrew, Pauline Morrison-Baynes and Mella Nesbitt all from Navan Road pictured at Bloom in The Phoenix Park
Silver medal winner for her garden 'Blurred Lines', Sophie Dosa, pictured at Bloom in The Phoenix Park
Marian Reeves and Sharon Duffy, both Limerick pictured at Bloom in The Phoenix Park

Ciara Treacy

Garden extravaganza Bloom with its spectacle of 23 show gardens is taking place this weekend.

However, aside from the glorious gardens, there's plenty to keep attendees entertained across the festival, which runs until June 6.

Hannah Woods pictured at Bloom in The Phoenix Park
Hannah Woods pictured at Bloom in The Phoenix Park

Dining at Bloom 2016

Whether in Bistro Bloom's restaurant, Country Crest restaurant or the variety of stands in the outdoor area, there are lots of options for coffee and tasty treats throughout the event.

These include some of the best of Irish food and handcrafted beers and spirits in the Food Village.

A new addition for the festival's fifth anniversary is the BBQ Bliss area, very fitting in the recent hot temperatures.

Cuisine includes Irish steaks and burgers prepared by the Premium Butcher or Indian delicacies from the Kinara restaurant.

Silver medal winner for her garden 'Blurred Lines', Sophie Dosa, pictured at Bloom in The Phoenix Park
Silver medal winner for her garden 'Blurred Lines', Sophie Dosa, pictured at Bloom in The Phoenix Park

Cooking tips

On Saturday evening visitors have the opportunity to pick up cooking tips from one of Ireland's best loved chefs, Nevin Maguire.

The restaurateur and media personality, best known for award-winning MacNean House and Restaurant, will host an evening in the beautiful settings of the Bloom Show Gardens.

Ann McAndrew, Pauline Morrison-Baynes and Mella Nesbitt all from Navan Road pictured at Bloom in The Phoenix Park
Ann McAndrew, Pauline Morrison-Baynes and Mella Nesbitt all from Navan Road pictured at Bloom in The Phoenix Park

For €100, guests can enjoy drinks on arrival, a Q&A session and a 5 course tasting menu created and designed by the RTE chef.

To book tickets call 01 2602632. Nevin will also be speaking at the Chef's Quality Kitchen demonstrations across the weekend.

 

Growth industry

Fashion is flourishing at Bloom with the dedicated fashion stage in the grand pavilion with twice daily fashion shows presented by Debenhams showcasing their SS16 collections.

Meanwhile youbloomDublin 2016 is programming the Bloom mainstage on each day of the festival.

Youbloom - which helps musicians succeed in the DIY music industry - will feature the best of home and international music.

Acts include Aine Cahill, Youth Mass, BJ Smith and Dawn Chorus.

They are also participating in the youbloomDublin Music Summit and Festival taking place from June 1-3.

 

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Children at Bloom

There is fun for all the family at Bloom with events and entertainment for all ages.

Children get the opportunity to have hands-on playing with farm toys at Fun on the Farm in the Kids' Zone, including loading up trailers and trying out diggers.

The dedicated Children's Stage features Irish dancing and top magician Billy Bubbles, along with Scientific Sue who brings visitors on a journey of scientific discovery.

You won’t have to wait longer than 45 minutes to see either Billy Bubbles or Scientific Sue or Irish Dancers onstage, according to organisers.

Budding Bloomers also allows little ones to get their own taste of the gardening world with tips and tricks.

 

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Nursery and Floral Pavillion

The very best of floral nurseries in Ireland are on show here.

The marquee will be brimming with a huge selection of floral delights in addition to plants and flowers for sale.

Displays from over 45 of Bloom's top nurseries and The Association of Floral Artists Floral Art Stage will again feature.

Visitors can get advice and demonstrations on the techniques required for that perfect floral display.

Anyone considering taking their talent full time can talk to educators in hand to advise on courses.

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