by Gazette Reporter
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Lovers of food, culture and fashion descended on the Iveagh Garden’s for the Taste of Dublin 2023.

Over the course of the weekend, more than 35,000 people attended and took part in the culinary delights on offer. Over 10,000 glasses of champagne were consumed, 80,000 dishes served and over 50 Irish producers featured as part of this year’s festival.

The vibrant FREENOW VIP Suite provided the perfect backdrop for a beautiful summer celebration where guests sipped champagne in the glorious summer sunshine. With everything from mouth-watering food and tantalising summer cocktails, to chocolate making and disco dancing, there really was something for everyone at this year’s event which has a renewed focus on spotlighting the recent cultural explosion in Irish food innovation.

Well- known personalities spotted enjoying the afternoon included actress and TV presenter Caroline Morahan, who had just flown in from Los Angeles to celebrate her father’s birthday. Also seen enjoying the launch festivities were Louise McSharry, James Kavanagh, James Patrice and stylist Clémentine MacNeice. Broadcaster Laura Woods together with Taste of Dublin CEO Jo Mathews announced the annual ‘Best in Taste Awards’, presenting the below winners with their very coveted awards:

Best Dish:
1 st place:     The Salt Project  
2 nd place:     Los Chicanos
3 rd place:     Shouk

Best use of local and artisan produce:

The Salt Project

Best Restaurant Front of House Dressing:


Best Dressed Exhibitor Stand:
1 st place:     Valencia    
2 nd place:    Harry’s Nutbutter
3 rd place:     Grá

Best Dressed Feature:
1 st place:     Fercullen Whiskey
2 nd place:    London Essence
3 rd place:    FREENOW VIP
Best Vegan Dish
Dosa Dosa
Most Sustainable Event Build
DeLonghi Ireland


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