We’ve been planning to attend some kind of food event in Dublin for a long time. Unfortunately usually we were short of time or realised too late to get the tickets. Finally opportunity came and we went to Taste of Dublin festive edition probably the biggest food event in Ireland.
How does it work?
Taste of Dublin is a food festival. Summer edition takes place in Ivy Gardens in centre of Dublin and festive one in RDS complex within Dublin as well. Festival run over few days and you can get tickets for one of the days which is divided for a morning and evening session. There is a multitude of stalls where different food and beverage producers promotes their products and restaurant area. There are degustations, workshops and live cooking shows – you can’t get bored.
Our visit to Taste of Dublin
We’ve visited on last day which was Sunday. On that day there was only one time slot between 12-6pm. We got impressed straight from the entrance – hall was beautifully decorated with giant colourful balloons, first thing behind the door was huge ‘TASTE’ light display with giant Xmas tree. It was so photogenic we spend good half an hour on taking shots.
In the main hall you could find promotional stalls where you could try and buy products. While we were waiting for our work buddies to arrive we’ve penetrated this part profoundly. We’ve tried few types or Irish gin (Sixling was our winner) Irish fruit wine Moineir from Wicklow Way Wines and delicious goat cheese. We tasted really nice olives from Tesco Finest and now we know where to shop for them. Every time we’re coming back from Spain or Italy can’t get over fact you cannot buy good or cheap in Ireland. We wanted to buy some goat cheese but got completely drawn into event we forgot to come back. The drink of the night was definitely Spritz with Roe&Co. whiskey. Canon stall offered insight of newest offers on the market and we loved the new mirrorless camera!
Restaurant part of Taste of Dublin
After penetrating main hall we directed towards restaurant stalls to try some food. Restaurant food was the main reason for us to participate in the event. First impression wasn’t great as room was quite cold compering to main hall and ventilation wasn’t great (smell of oil and smoke). All dishes are 5 euro each and every restaurant had 3 different ones and ‘iconic dish’ for 10 euro. Not every restaurant serve iconic dish which is considerably larger, payments are easy all done contactless by card. We tried poke bowl from Shaka Poke, cured salmon version was super tasty and fresh! In Jackrabbit we took dahl with halloumi ( originally served with prawns) and halloumi in rich sauce (should be with chicken). In Hang Dai which we know quite well we went for all 3 dishes, dumpling in soy sauce, fried cauliflower in seaweed and black sesame sauce and tofu in venison jus. We had vegan Ethon Mess from Veganon and 2 bowls of rice with squash and pulled pork from Vietnom.
We’ve had quite a lot of food… Visiting on last had one major problem, many restaurants were running out of food or ingredients and you have no choice than go for what was available. We haven’t tried Irish Wagyu Beef dish from Jackrabbit which was on top of our priorities – it was sold out. The other downside was quite small variety of different types of food and fitting into 5 eur price restrain from using many ingredients but on other hand boost creativity. Despite few minor issues we liked it a lot.
Workshops and other attractions
There is much more than food and booze at Taste of Dublin, you have different shows and workshops. We didn’t take part in many but watched lived cooking show conducted by celebrity chef Edward Hayden who made quick Xmas dinner – it was a lot of fun.
Price of tickets varies from day and time. They start from 16 – 27 euro and VIP around 70 euro mark. We spent 100 euro on the day between 2 of us on drinks and food.
Will we visit again? For sure we would love to go to summer edition which seems to be more interesting but if we’ll get a chance to take part in a festive we’ll be there for sure. More about upcoming events you can find on the official Taste of Dublin website.