Taste of Dublin to bring ‘Flavours of the World’ to Ireland this June
This year's festival will reflect how Ireland’s food culture is more cosmopolitan than ever, with over 20 of the country’s top restaurants, over 30 world-class chefs and more than 160 interactive masterclasses
28 April 2017 | 0
Ireland’s food culture is more diverse than ever before and has become deeply influenced by international cuisine over recent years, according to the people behind Taste of Dublin.
Pointing to the increased range of international restaurants throughout the country and the impact of foreign flavours on Irish menus, Taste of Dublin believes there is now greater diversity and a stronger cosmopolitan element to the Irish food scene.
Strong international dimension
This trend will also be reflected in Taste of Dublin, in partnership with Electrolux, with ‘Flavours of the World’ set to be this year’s theme when the event returns to Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens from Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 June. Over 32,000 people are expected to attend Dublin’s favourite culinary event over four days, where the best of the Irish food and drink scene will be celebrated. To reflect this year’s ‘Flavours of the World’ theme, there will be a strong international dimension – with all chefs and restaurants being asked to incorporate a foreign cuisine element into their menus.
“Irish tastes have been changing so much over recent years,” according to Taste of Dublin managing director, Avril Bannerton. “The growing multinational community has played a major role in bringing new flavours and taste experiences to these shores, as have those returning from living and working overseas,” Bannerton said. This inspired this year’s festival to “highlight how outward looking Irish food and drink can be” through its choice of theme.
Leading names showcased
Taste of Dublin, in partnership with Electrolux, will see a vast array of restaurants, producers, bars and exhibitors providing the best sights, smells, sounds, tastes and culinary experiences on offer in Ireland. Among the restaurants who will be participating this year will be Ely, Suesey Street, Deane’s EIPIC, Greene’s Restaurant, KLAW, Pickle, San Lorenzos, Jaipur, Saba, China Sichuan, the Port House, the Wild Goose Grill and more to be announced over the coming weeks.
There are over 30 leading chefs providing exclusive live demonstrations and cooking of the highest calibre, including Clodagh McKenna, Danny Barry from Deane’s EIPIC in Belfast, Darina Allen, Ed Cooney from the Merrion Hotel, Gill Meller of River Cottage, Edward Hayden owner of Hayden’s School of Cookery in Kilkenny, to Jean Christophe Novelli, Kevin Dundon, Kwan Ghi Chan, Neven Maguire, Patrick Powell from the Chiltern Fire House in Marylebone in London and Robin Gill from Clapham in London and the Irish Master Chef judge.
Some other popular chefs, including Ross Lewis, Stuart O’Keefe and Simon Lamont will be there as well and for 2017 Taste of Dublin has added several new chefs, including Aoife Noonan, who is the executive pastry chef from John Farrell’s Dublin restaurant empire comprising 777, Super Miss Sue, and The Butcher Grill; Ciaran Sweeney from Forest and Marcy in Dublin and Enda McEvoy from Loam in Galway. And that’s just a small morsel of who will be participating at this year’s Taste of Dublin!
There will also be several new feature experiences, including the Style Afternoon on Friday hosted by Pippa O’Connor, ‘Make Life Delicious’ a new cookery school feature, family afternoons on Saturday and Sunday, including activities for parents and children, Producers’ Row and much more.
To get even more of a flavour of everything on offer at this year’s Taste of Dublin and to purchase tickets on sale from €15, go to www.tasteofdublin.ie.