Taste of Dublin
One of the best ways to get under the skin of a country is to have a good traditional meal, and Dublin is full of amazing restaurants – from cheap and cheerful cafes to upmarket places with oak panelling on the walls. But how do you know which to choose? If you visit Dublin this June the Taste of Dublin will be able to guide you to your perfect morsel.
You will be able to have taster meals, which are usually the size of tapas dishes, from some of Dublin’s top eateries. And it’s not just Irish food on offer – the selection will include Thai (Saba), Italian (Il Primo) and French (Marcels) cuisines, among others.
The festival has its own form of currency so there is no need to carry around bundles of cash. One Florin equals one Euro and you can either buy them online when you book your ticket or at the venue on the day. The average price of the taster dishes is 5 florins, which will give you an idea of how much you will need.
As well as the tastings there will be live cooking demos including a Dessert DIY school, a fire-pit master-class and a wine tasting experience. Some of Ireland’s top chefs will be sharing some of their secret cooking hints and tips, plus a whole bunch of great bands will be playing live throughout the day.
The festival opens for a lunch course at 12pm until 4pm then a dinner course from 5.30pm to 9.30pm, just like a restaurant, and you will be able to buy tickets for each session. You can find information about ticket prices on the website.
Iveagh Gardens, where the festival is being held, are not far from St Stephen’s Green and are one of Dublin’s most overlooked gems. As the gardens are right in the centre of Dublin it is easy to get there from the hostel – just take the bus from the Law Library to Grantham Street.