Monday 10 December 2018

Explore Taste of Dublin’s food-lovers’ playground

Rachael Taylor Fawsitt

Nothing says summer quite like the smell of BBQ in the air. Combine that with grass beneath your feet, a selection of Ireland's most talented chefs and you have yourself a foodie paradise.

Taste of Dublin, inspired by NEFF, Ireland's most anticipated annual food festival, is returning to the glorious Iveagh Gardens for its 13th year. This year the festival has an enticing theme; ‘The Food Lovers' Playground’ – and boy is it going to be!

Like any festival, prior knowledge of the line-up is essential, so we are here to give you the inside scoop on all things Taste of Dublin. From the grills at the Big Green Egg, to the frills of the Connacht Gold Style Afternoon; Taste of Dublin 2018 promises to be the highlight of the summer for any foodie’s diary.

Tips and Inspo

Taste of Dublin is more than just a place to relax and enjoy delicious food, it’s also about picking up some valuable tips that you can take home to your own kitchen. The Neff Taste Kitchen, an exciting new addition to this year’s festival, will be the biggest demo stage to date. The stage will be hosting an array of celebrity chefs throughout the four-day event and festival goers can pop into the arena for exciting cooking demonstrations and Q&A sessions. One of the most anticipated guests of the 2018 event is none other than BAFTA winner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of the River Cottage TV series and books.

Some other exciting names taking the stage at the Neff Taste Kitchen include Candice Brown of the Great British Bake Off, Rachel Allen of Ballymaloe, Masterchef judge Robin Gill of The Dairy, Adrian Martin, Food Writer and TV chef, Executive Chef Anna Haugh and Aoife Noonan of Glovers Alley.

Rooftop cocktails with a historical twist

Fancy taking a trip down memory lane to visit the Dublin of yesteryear? Well this year at Taste of Dublin you can do just that. The festival will be paying tribute to Dublin’s historic tram system with a unique whiskey experience at the Roe & Co Tram 21, a rooftop bar that is not to be missed by whiskey and cocktail lovers that has been specially crafted for this year’s event.

Pink Photo op

These days, being a new-school foodie often means being an avid Instagram user too. Insta-fans will be delighted to hear about the pink theme that will ripple through this year’s event. Custom-made PINK dishes will be found at selected vendors and will make for the perfect food selfie to bring a pop of colour to your feed.

Think a Rhubarb Prawn Curry from Ananda, Pink Gin-infused Railway Lamb from Chakra, Pink City Chicken Tikka (with pink peppercorn and mint chutney) from Jaipur and a Burmese Tea Shop Samosa with rose petal and Himalayan pink yogurt.

Dress to impress

Who says fashion is just for the races? This year there’s an award up for grabs for the most stylish foodie at Taste of Dublin. The judges will choose the most stylish individual in attendance, so if you fancy throwing you fascinator in the ring to win some amazing prizes, be sure you put your best (fashion) foot forward and dress to impress on Friday the 15th.

Outdoor cooking

Ever wanted to try a BBQ dessert? Well now’s your chance. This year the brand new Outdoor Cooking with The Big Green Egg feature at Taste of Dublin will host the ultimate barbi experience. Taste buds are sure to be watering all around Iveagh Gardens when an impressive selection of top chefs fire up their grills. These pros will be cooking everything from tender meats, fish and pizza to stir-frys, stews an even some innovative desserts!

Keep an eye out for the unique green egg-shaped cooker, which will be on show by All Alfresco located in Glasthule, Co Dublin.

Free Korean food

Is there anything more satisfying than tucking into some delicious Korean food? Sure, free Korean food! Thanks to Korea Agro-Fisheries and the Korean Food Trade Corporation, an interactive Korean cooking experience is happening at this year’s Taste Of Dublin. Chef Gunmoo Kim and his team will be on hand to help you understand the different flavours and traditions of authentic Korean food. It won’t cost you a cent and is sure to be a thrilling foodie experience. Everyone is welcome so you can opt to participate individually, with friends, or with the kids.

Father’s day

It’s time to up the ante this Father’s day. Gone are the days when a pair of socks sufficed. Dads of the nation expect, and indeed deserve, more. So why not treat him to a surprise visit to Taste of Dublin on Sunday the 17th and celebrate Father’s day in style. With lots of live entertainment the whole family will enjoy the day, and you’ll make Dad feel that little bit extra special too. 

Want to really spoil someone special? Then upgrade to a VIP ticket. The Laurent-Perrier VIP suite in association with Sony Xperia will be the place to be this year. You can enjoy a relaxing day, have your cuisine delivered by one of the Just Eat waiters and feel like a real VIP.

Sound good? Book your tickets now for Taste of Dublin - Tickets from €15 are on sale now, for more information or to purchase tickets go to

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