Taste of Dublin returns to Iveagh Gardens this week with 30,000 food and drink lovers expected

More than 30,000 food and drink enthusiasts are expected to descend on Iveagh Gardens this week as Taste of Dublin returns to its pre-pandemic culinary glory.

Featuring an eclectic mix of leading chefs, artisan food innovators and mouth-watering tastings, the four-day event will run from Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 19.

The popular NEFF Taste Kitchen once again hosts some well-known chefs, including Rory O’Connell, Jordan Bailey, JP McMahon, Erica Drum and Derry Clarke, who will share their food inspirations and top tips, as well as showcase the very best. Irish products from all over the country.

This year’s Taste of Dublin will feature a number of new restaurants for the first time, such as The Salt Project, Julia’s Lobster Truck, Bia Rebel, Chimac and Hakkahan.

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Inspired by the latest food trends, the event will be a melting pot of unique international and Irish artisan producers, such as Edizemi Onilenla, creator of Nigerian food brand Mama Shee, and Theresa Roche, producer of Galway’s acclaimed Kylemore Farmhouse Cheeses.

Schweppe’s Cocktail Bar masterclasses will also be back, with experts sharing their insights into the latest national and international mixology trends.

During the Dyson Style Afternoon on Friday, Dyson Global Styling Ambassador Dylan Bradshaw selects the most fashionable lady and gentleman of the day. Entertainment is provided by a mix of musical artists, including Smash Hits, The Swing Cats and Spring Break.

In addition to the usual festival favorites, five new experiences have been introduced for Taste of Dublin 2022.

Inspired by the TV show, Ready Steady Taste podcasters Kevin Twomey and PJ Kirby will perform in a live cook-off on the NEFF Taste Kitchen Stage, all led by TV chef Edward Hayden. The event has been billed as “an explosive mix of culinary mayhem, brash banter and plenty of laughter”.

Also new is Taste of Disco, with Dublin Social, described as “a nod to the nostalgia of the nineties” with great tunes and live performances in the private catering tent.

On Thursday, June 17, six of Spain’s top chefs will celebrate World Tapas Day at Taste of Dublin, where visitors can sample a range of Spanish wines, olive oils, cheeses and pastries.

Those looking to make the perfect espresso at home or whip up barista-style frothy cappuccino will be drawn to the De’Longhi Coffee Bar, another new feature of the festival.

At the Just Eat Food Mansion, four of Dublin’s top restaurants – Dosa Dosa, Ramen Co, Nomadlads and Red Torch Ginger – will serve a range of their dishes over the four days.

Taste of Dublin runs from June 16-19. Standard tickets from €15 (€12 for children aged 10 to 16) and Compass Ireland VIP Garden Pass from €51 (€61 with two signature dishes). Children under 10 free when accompanied by an adult.

www.tasteofdublin.ie