Look out for Me Auld Flower – a new Irish food & drink festival for St. Patrick’s 2023

Me Aud Flower - a food and drink festival's poster in green and black and white. It shows a cone of ice cream, a burger, a coffee

There’s a great line-up of events for the St. Patrick’s Day festival in March, but did you know that a new Irish food and drink festival is also on the cards for Dublin? It’s called Me Auld Flower.

Me Auld Flower is organised by the people behind Big Grill, located in the historic fruit and veg market in the heart of Dublin. In association with St Patrick’s Festival 2023 programme, it is the first-of-its-kind in the venue.

What can you expect at the festival? Me Auld Flower aims brings the best of Ireland together to recreate the buzz of the old market with a modern take. The event will focus on Irish food and drink culture with a mix of restaurants, chefs, producers, distillers, brewers and makers, all under one roof.

Taking place from Thursday, 16th of March, it’s on till Sunday, March 19th. There’s plenty on offer and lots to do during the four days. You can stroll around and experience a melting pot of Irish food from fresh oysters to charcuterie and cheese, bacon and cabbage dumplings to a Michelin-star bowl of coddle. Or pick up a bag of spuds or a steak for the grill to bring home.

You can also enjoy a pint, a glass of wine or work your way through the selection of Irish craft beers, drinks, whiskeys and spirits on offer with world-class cocktails to boot. Plus there’s the opportunity to listen and learn from Ireland’s best, through demos, classes, tastings and workshops on the Bastecamp and Brewcamp stages and get stuck in with a host of live acts and DJs.

There’s also an exclusive area called The Snug. This is where you can put your feet up, enjoy a little comfort and catch up with your mates while taking a breather from the festival. 

The Snug will feature a private bar, guaranteed cosy seating (unreserved), posh loos and two complimentary drinks on arrival. You’ll also get fast track entry to the festival via the dedicated lane.

The venue of the festival has so much going for it. Dublin City Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market originally opened its doors in 1892. It served the Dublin wholesale market and public for 127 years from its block in Smithfield and was a vital part of city life until it finally closed its doors in 2019.

Me Auld Flower will bring the market back to life over four days, recreating the buzz of the old market with a contemporary twist, highlighting the best of Ireland’s food and drink culture.

So where can you get yourself some tickets? Here’s the link, and we hope you’ve circled in the dates in your calendar for some food, fun and drinks!


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