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Review: Food Producers at Bloom

blooms40The food market at Bloom in the Phoenix Park last weekend was one of the best I’ve visited in a long time. The gardens, helped by the blazing sun, were really beautiful, and there were also stands on growing your own food, beekeeping, and wildlife.

Over 40 Irish producers were selling jams, cheeses, meats, fish, cakes, yogurts, sweets, oils, and more. I spent three hours wandering from stand to stand, taking little samples. By the time I reached the last stand, I’d been nicely fed.

This Bord Bia event was a really good example of what Irish food producers can achieve. These are small businesses, trying to create something delicious while generating employment. With Tesco’s decision to reduce shelf space for Irish products, they’re really feeling the pinch.

blooms2Several stall holders, however, singled out SuperValu as a supermarket that supports them. Because of the franchised nature of SuperValu, small or local producers can approach their local SuperValu directly and ask them to stock their product. There’s way less of the rigmarole that comes with trying to get your product into other supermarkets such as Dunnes or Tesco.

The best reason for supporting Irish producers, however, is not because they’re Irish. It’s because many of them are producing delicious food at good value prices.

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  1. Three hours wandering from stand to stand? Lucky you! I couldn’t get near the stands because of the crowds. Got to taste some lovely apple balsamic vinegar though. It was delish. I’d like to see a larger tent next year.

  2. I feel your pain Evelyn, we ended up giving up altogether as we couldn’t get close to anything. A lovely lad offered me some cheese through the crowd but short of throwing it to me there was no way so I had to refuse 🙁 They need a much larger tent. I was also a little shocked to see food vans alà Oxegen selling cheap horrible food at ridiculous prices. The Victorian walled garden was lovely though and we wandered around comparing their veggies to our own.

  3. Loved the food market (hours spent there) and also noticed the frequent positive mentions for SuperValu, which was very good to hear amidst lists of stockists including more exclusive food outlets like Donnybrook Fair, Fallon and Byrne & Avoca.