Tuck in ... Candice Brown, Adrian Martin and Sharon Hearne-Smith help to serve up taste of Dublin 2018 at the Iveagh Gardens

Taste of Dublin 2018 is now under way, running until June 17. The four-day festival showcasing the very best in Irish food and drinks drawing foodies to the stunning Iveagh Gardens, off Harcourt Street, where this year’s theme is, Food Lover’s Playground.

From enjoying a cocktail on the top floor of a wooden tram, to an entire menu comprising food in various shades of pink, Taste of Dublin 2018 promises to be unique and appealing to all the senses.

Amongst its attractions is World Class, a prestigious and respected mixology programme committed to celebrating and elevating the craft of bartending.

Visitors will be invited to explore fresh and innovative cocktails and masterclasses by Ireland’s leading bartending talent.

This year, Simon Lamont is hosting a brand-new experience, The Lazy Basics, where he will teach visitors handy ‘cookery hacks’ in 20 mins to help them impress friends and family at their next dinner party.

Other highlights include The Neff Taste Kitchen, where there’s a special line-up of celebrity chefs with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, of River Cottage; Candice Brown, of the Great British Bake-Off; Rachel Allen, of Ballymaloe; Robin Gill of The Dairy, and a Masterchef judge; Adrian Martin, food writer and TV chef; executive chef Anna Haugh, and Aoife Noonan of Glovers Alley.

In the line-up of restaurants, the food lovers’ theme will be showcased by the likes of Greene’s of Cork, Roly’s Bistro, China Sichuan, The Port House, Saba, Suesey Street, Pickle and Jaipur.

Top returning attractions at this year’s Taste of Dublin include daily specials, giving visitors the chance to enjoy signature dishes from one restaurant each day.
O’Brien’s Wines also return with their tasting experience; Style Afternoon takes place on Friday, June 15, and Destination Thailand will once again allow visitors to transport themselves to Thailand through cuisine and cocktails.

If you’re a coffee or chocolate lover there is something for you, too. Applegreen will have latte art competitions, tastings, workshops and demonstrations, and Lindt will have a brand-new feature stand where you can both immerse yourself in chocolate demonstrations and sample some of your favourite chocolates.

With Father’s Day falling on June 17, take daddy along too, with lots to do for families including storytelling, face-painting fun, and special film characters to be found about the gardens, with a bonus that kids under 10 go free.
Tickets for Taste of Dublin 2018 are on sale, from €15.
For further information about, just see
www.tasteofdublin.ie.