The Taste of Dublin is the place for Dubliners (and visitors from further afield in Ireland) to be every June. Tickets are a hot commodity and a collective prayer wafts its way up to the weather Gods for a dry, balmy weekend for the event.
This year, the Taste of Dublin was in its tenth year, and was bigger and better than ever. With near-constant live music shows, frequent demonstrations from Ireland’s best chefs, and more food options than you could try in a week, it’s a great outing in one of Dublin’s loveliest parks, Iveagh Gardens.
There are a few tips and tricks that make navigating the labyrinth of stalls and stands a little smoother so you can make the most of your hours in the park. Bon appetit!
Tips for enjoying Taste of Dublin
Know the currency
The Taste of Dublin works on a ‘Florins’ system. You find a little Florin ATM kiosk and change your euros to the festival’s currency. Menus are priced in Florins, not in euros, and while you can’t buy dishes without them, you can use euros to buy ingredients or other non-dish items like bottles of whiskey.
Make a Game Plan
Make sure to get a map booklet at the entrance and bring a pen. Do a lap of the grounds, keeping an eye out for the dishes you might like to try and making a note in your booklet. There are little free samples throughout, so you can taste your way through with nibbles, but the best dishes will set you back a few Florins.
A few of the highlights from this year included Soder+Ko’s steamed bun with Chinese roast duck, Asian salad and hoisin, and Koh’s steamed Thai dumplings with pork and shrimp, with spicy Som Tam salad. For a sweet spot, the Exchequer’s beetroot chocolate brownie with vanilla mascarpone went down a treat! Teeling Whiskey’s raspberry iced tea was the perfect refreshment for the warm day.
Just Eat Waiter Service
The Just Eat Waiter Service is such a treat! Some stalls with the most popular dishes have very long queues, but using the Just Eat Waiter Service allows you to sit in one of their designated areas and the waiters will take your order and your Florin payment and bring you the dish of your choice!
The waiters have menus from a selection of restaurants, but they will bring you something from any of the stalls if you just ask. Then you just relax in the comfy seats or bean bags for a few minutes while they scurry off to find your dish!
The Taste of Dublin is surprisingly baby friendly. With ramps throughout, it’s easy to navigate with a stroller and with lots of areas to relax and people watch, it’s a nice outing for those with little ones. But keep close track of those kiddos prone to wander, it’s easy to get turned around in the midst of the stalls!
Plan your Taste of Dublin trip today
The Taste of Dublin is an annual event held in Dublin city centre every June. It’s one of many popular food and drinks festivals held throughout Ireland all year and seen by many as the best to visit. With cooking demos, celebrity chefs and great Irish produce available over the space of four days, this is a date that all foodies should keep in the diary.
Plan your trip by finding the right accommodation for your trip to the Taste of Dublin. Located in Dublin City Centre at the stunning Iveagh Gardens, there are lots of accommodation options available to visitors, catering for all budgets. Check out our deals on Dublin hotels today.
For more information on Taste of Dublin visit dublin.tastefestivals.com.