Bloom 2016 – Ireland’s largest Garden Festival

A garden full of food

Keogh's, Bloom 2016
Keogh’s, Bloom 2016

During the June Bank Holiday the sun really came out here in Dublin, so naturally we were going out – to the Bloom Garden Festival in Phoenix Park, Dublin. I say Garden Festival, but what really much more visible is the food. 🙂

Launched by the Irish Food Board in 2007, the idea of Bloom is to promote irish horticulture, food and drink. Needless to say that we found ourselves in the middle of paradise. Hopping from food booth to food booth, everyone was handing out tasters. Hence, our strategy was to taste pretty much all of them, check out the garden part afterwards and to come back before the event closes and buy a selection of the things we really liked.

Ballymaloe, Bloom 2016
Ballymaloe, Bloom 2016

Obviously the typical irish products like chips / crisps, ham and craft beer were on the list. But then, I was positively surprised when I saw all the other delicious aliments, like fruits (especially strawberries), duck confit, pasta sauce, soft cheese, pesto and other varieties of seasoning. Why import it from France and Italy when you can produce it yourself?! 🙂

Naomi's Muffins, Bloom 2016
Naomi’s Muffins, Bloom 2016

Of course, no real meal is complete without something sweet: Scones and muffins or simply a bit of dark chocolate and some irish shortbread? As you wish!

The Lismore Food Company, Bloom 2016
The Lismore Food Company, Bloom 2016

Don’t forget to check out our video tour of the event!

Last but not least, here’s a list of the stuff we really enjoyed:

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