Dublin’s culinary past on show at Dublin Festival of History

The Dublin Festival of History is taking place until 20 October, at which more than 150 free events will explore and outline the capital's history through its culinary past, among other areas.



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1 October 2019

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Running until 20 October, the Dublin Festival of History is a series of events across the capital providing a flavour of the past – literally. The festival’s exploration of Dublin’s sweet tooth and ever-evolving menu reflects how the city’s tastes have helped to shape its economy and feed its workforce.

The festival features over 150 walks, tours, exhibitions and talks taking place across Dublin city, all of which are free to attend. Visitors can take a bite of Dublin’s culinary past at events such as:

  • The Rise and Fall of John Spicer’s ‘Model Bakery’ Balbriggan (part 1, 1904 to c.1942)

In this talk, Frank Whearity will discuss the establishment of John Spicer’s Balbriggan bakery (1904–c.1999) and the battle for the lucrative contract to supply bread and meal to the Balrothery Poor Law Union at Ballough. Sprinkled with stories of business rivalries and colourful characters, Frank’s talk will provide a slice of history from Dublin’s baking trade.

(Balbriggan Library, St George’s Square, 1 October 2019, 6.30pm. Booking required.)

  • Lemon’s Pure Sweets – A History

Dublin City Council’s historian in residence Cormac Moore takes a closer look at the history of one of the city’s most famous names in confectionery. Charting the story of Lemon’s Pure Sweets from its foundations in Capel Street in 1842 to the closure of its factory in Drumcondra in 1983, Cormac will explore the interesting history of a culinary landmark.

(Drumcondra Library, 15 October 2019, 6.30pm. Booking required.

Foodies may also enjoy programme highlights such as The Flour and Corn Mills of Dublin, Forgotten Heroes of the Irish Famine and The Liffey’s Place in the Development of Dublin.

Details of these and all events can be found at www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie including 150 talks, walking tours and exhibitions on everything from politics, music, science and the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.



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