Bloom Festival 2018 launches in Dublin

Kieran Rumley, executive director of Love Irish Food, with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Kieran Rumley, executive director of Love Irish Food, with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Bloom 2018, the much-loved festival for gardening, lifestyle, food, arts and crafts, has opened its gates at Phoenix Park in Dublin, for a long weekend of magic and excitement for the entire family.

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1 June 2018 | 0

Bloom 2018 has opened its gates at Dublin’s Phoenix Park, with Love Irish Food set to be one of the main attractions in the food area once again. This year, 27 member brands are representing Love Irish Food, which between them employ over 8,500 people directly and indirectly, and contribute an estimated €80m to the exchequer.

As Bloom’s visitors visit the ‘Meet the Makers’ marquee, they will sample more than 20,000 biscuits, 30,000 gelatos and 40,000 burgers, all while getting up close with some of Ireland’s most popular Irish food brands.

Visitors to Bloom are predicted to savour, sip and sample their way through the ‘Meet the Makers’ marquee, tasting more than 20,000 biscuits, 30,000 gelatos and 40,000 burger samples, all the while meeting the makers of many great Irish-produced food and drink brands.

Some of the Love Irish Food Brands include Flahavan’s, Ballymaloe Foods, Broderick’s Bros, East Coast Bakehouse, McCambridge Bread, Big Als & Bundys, Gino’s Gelato, O’Donnells Crisps, Golden Irish Eggs, Manor Farm, Coffee House Lane, The Jelly Bean Factory, Sussed and Spice O’Life. And new to Bloom this year Golden Bake and Sunshine Juices.

“We are delighted to return to Bloom’s food village again this year with our ‘Meet the Makers’ marquee,” said Kieran Rumley, executive director of Love Irish Food. “It has become a staple for foodies visiting this popular annual event. With the Irish food industry facing the challenge and the uncertainty from Brexit, it is vital that Irish shoppers have the opportunity to identify locally produced food brands, with the Love Irish Food logo. It helps emphasise their importance and contribution to local communities throughout Ireland.

“With 27 Love Irish Food member brands in the food village this year,” he said, “we’re looking forward to showcasing the best of Irish food at the festival.”

Bloom takes place until Monday 4 June, during which time an estimated 30,000 visitors are expected.

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