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Bloom in the Park

Food at Bloom (Photo: Courtesy Bord Bia)

Food at Bloom (Photo: Courtesy Bord Bia)

Last year, I went along to Bloom with my dad and we both really enjoyed it. The annual Phoenix Park event has now established itself as one of the big summer highlights. This year’s event has an enhanced food offering, and there will be a focus on sustainability, local food, and growing your own – perfect for budding gardeners.

One particularly interesting highlight is the totally “Edible Garden”, designed to show how much can be grown in a small suburban garden. There’s free entry for kids and plenty for them to do: popular children’s museum Imaginosity will return with a “Good to Grow” feature, there’s a mini farm, and an imaginative and interactive garden.

I’m looking forward to meeting the 40+ artisan food producers, which was a real eye-opener last year, while a craft beer garden will offer a chance to enjoy the best of independent beers, spirits and liquers. There’ll be live cooking demonstrations from Darina Allen, Neven Maguire, Jenny Bristow, and Donal Skehan, as well as a new feature bringing forgotten food skills from Ireland’s past to life: cheese making, butter churning, apple pressing, and fish smoking. Bring out the bellows.

The event started yesterday and runs until Monday June 7. Tickets cost €15 for today and Monday and €20 for Saturday and Sunday.

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