Some 119,000 attend Bloom 2018

Pictured are Sofia and Diana Diadiajeva from Edenderry, winners of Brightest at Bloom at the Enable Ireland Beyond Boundaries Garden in association with Solus Lightbulbs. Photo by Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Bord Bia’s Bloom festival at Phoenix Park, Dublin hosts a wide variety of Food Village exhibitors who showcase the significant influence of the food sector on Ireland's economy.



5 June 2018

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Some 119,000 people attended Bord Bia’s Bloom festival at Phoenix Park, Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend. Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia, the organisation that created Bloom, said the organisation “is proud of how our Bloom festival has blossomed and continues to showcase our world-class horticulture and food sectors, both of which play a significant and sustainable role in Ireland’s story and economy.”
East meets West at Bloom
Bord Bia welcomed a delegation of chefs and media from Hong Kong to experience the varied food offerings at Bloom. Following their day at Bloom, they will enjoy a trip around Ireland taking in locations such as West Cork and will be visiting farms and factories to see the quality of Irish food production first-hand.

“This is a great opportunity to continue to raise the profile of Ireland as a source of quality food and beverages as we look to expand the range of exports into China and Hong Kong,” McCarthy said.

Bloom 2018 by numbers
As the festival draws to a close, Bord Bia has released some of the event facts and figures from the last five days:
·      Almost a third of exhibitors (33) within the Food Village were new to Bloom
·      Three quarters of a tonne of strawberries eaten in Bord Bia’s Polytunnel and Kids’ Zone
·      20 exquisite show gardens, 13 postcard gardens, 28 nursery displays and a feature garden, ‘Sculpture in the Park’

 Dates for 2019
According to Bord Bia, plans and preparations are already well underway for Bloom 2019, which will take place from Thursday, May 30th to Monday, June 3rd 2019.



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