After a lull of two years, Taste of Dublin returns to the Iveagh Gardens until Sunday 5 September. There was a great sense of excitement yesterday as the festival opened. Though there are restrictions in place to comply with Covid-19 regulations, it does not feel at all stifled.
In fact, it felt like there was lot more space to relax and enjoy the fantastic food on offer. Gone is the huddle of food booths on the lawn and instead there were rows of well-spaced out picnic tables in front of the stage. This year, tables are numbered and assigned to groups of four and six.
Waiter service is being provided by Just Eat with waiters dressed in snazzy orange aprons. Just Eat will donate 20c for every order made through the waiter service during the festival, to their long-standing charity partner, the Peter McVerry Trust.
Restaurants, food trucks, and food products at Taste of Dublin include
- Naughty Neighbour
- Bites By Kwanghi Chan
- Three Twenty Ice Cream
- King Sitric
- The Salty Buoy by Niall Sabongi
- Los Chicanos Taqueria
- The Port House
- Topo Chic
- Corleggy Cheeses
Fans of chefs and food programmes will be excited to see their favourite chefs in the flesh and cooking at the Taste of Dublin kitchen theatre. They include, Kevin Thornton, JP McMahon, Eric Matthews, Jordan Bailey, Niall Sabongi, Trisha Lewis, Nicola Curran and lots more influential chefs, writers and food bloggers.
The Taste is also an outlet for sharing new products, ideas and food items. This year Schweppes, the most colourful stand, is sharing their new mixers.
The cocktail barcycle will come to you and mix some fantastic new cocktails. Our favourite brown sauce YR are releasing a series of new relishes at the show including, balsamic and red onion and habanero spicy sauce.
New Dishes and Food Trucks
There are lots of new dishes to try at Taste and they include the Pork and Soy Dumplings from Hawker by Hang Dai; Beef and Guinness Doughnut with Parmesan Mayonnaise from Naughty Neighbour; Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream from Three Twenty Ice cream; Fish Kiev from The Salty Buoy.
Food trucker Kwanghi Chan of Bites, has dishes like the Sticky Hoisin Pork Jasmine Rice Bowl with Kimchi Cabbage, Miso Mayo, Black Garlic and Peanut Chilli Oil.
Mexican food lovers will be delighted with Chicanos food truck, also appearing at Taste. There you will find a mouth-watering menu of tacos, salsas, and soft-serve ice cream.
Another great thing about Taste of Dublin is the live music. Little did we realise how much we missed dancing and singing along to bands like Spring Break, Qween, The Swing Cats, Mack Fleetwood, Ultrasound and lots more.
Tickets for some sessions still available on Taste of Dublin here.
Watch ITTN Ireland’s video here.