Taste of Dublin Festival Launched on 27th April 2017
Ireland’s Food Culture More Cosmopolitan Than Ever
Taste of Dublin brought the “Flavours of the World” to Ireland Last June
- Over 20 of the country’s top restaurants
- Over 30 world-class chefs
- Over 160 interactive masterclasses
With more than 32, 000 people attending
Thursday 27th April 2017: Ireland’s food culture is more diverse than ever before and having become more outward looking, has become deeply influenced by international cuisine over recent years, according to the people behind Taste of Dublin. Pointing to the increased range of international restaurants throughout the country and the impact of foreign flavours on Irish menus, Taste of Dublin believes there is now greater diversity and a stronger cosmopolitan element to the Irish food scene.
This trend was reflected in Taste of Dublin, in partnership with Electrolux, with ‘Flavours of the World’ as last year’s theme when the event returned to Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th June. Over 32,000 people were expected to attend Dublin’s favourite culinary event over four days, where the best of the Irish food and drink scene was celebrated. To reflect last year’s ‘Flavours of the World’ theme, there was a strong international dimension – with all chefs and restaurants asked to incorporate a foreign cuisine element into their menus.
“Irish tastes have been changing so much over recent years,” according to Taste of Dublin Managing Director, Avril Bannerton. “To see that all you have to do is look at the menus on offer in any quality Irish restaurant. Going through the dishes you are sure to notice a much wider variety and greater international influence than you would have seen in the past, from foreign ingredients or dishes associated with different cuisines to cooking techniques more commonly used in other countries. We now have a far more cosmopolitan food culture than ever before.
“This trend is also reflected in the growing diversity of restaurants in Ireland. It wasn’t too long ago that our choices were very limited when it came to international cuisine. You might have been able to find a Chinese takeaway or an Italian or French bistro, but the choice beyond that would have been limited. However, if you look around now, there are restaurants which offer food from every corner of the world and which reflect our increasingly diverse domestic population who now call this country home.
“The growing multinational community has played a major role in bringing new flavours and taste experiences to these shores, as have those returning from living and working overseas. They have seen what is on offer in other countries and have brought these international dimensions back to Ireland. That change in approach has been reflected in Irish restaurant kitchens and on Irish taste buds over recent years. Irish cuisine has always been open to new ideas, and this has been just as true with the internationalisation of our cuisine choices.
“That is why we wanted to highlight how outward looking Irish food and drink can be through our choice of theme for last year’s Taste of Dublin. As well as the many favourite dishes that people have come to know and love they also had the chance to taste some new internationally inspired Flavours of the World – be it a foreign twist on an Irish classic or simply an international favourite cooked by some of the greatest chefs and restaurants operating in this country. As always, all dishes were of the very highest quality, and everyone who attended last year was in for a uniquely special experience,” Ms Bannerton added.
Taste of Dublin, in partnership with Electrolux, saw a vast array of restaurants, producers, bars and exhibitors providing the best sights, smells, sounds, tastes and culinary experiences on offer in Ireland. Among the restaurants who participated last year were Ely, Suesey Street, Deane’s EIPIC, Greene’s Restaurant, KLAW, Pickle, San Lorenzos, Jaipur, Saba, China Sichuan, the Port House, the Wild Goose Grill and more.
There were over 30 leading chefs that provided exclusive live demonstrations and cooking of the highest calibre, including Clodagh McKenna, Danny Barry from Deane’s EIPIC in Belfast, Darina Allen, Ed Cooney from the Merrion Hotel, Gill Meller of River Cottage, Edward Hayden owner of Hayden’s School of Cookery in Kilkenny, to Jean Christophe Novelli, Kevin Dundon, Kwan Ghi Chan, Neven Maguire, Patrick Powell from the Chiltern Fire House in Marylebone in London and Robin Gill from Clapham in London and the Irish Master Chef judge. Some other popular chefs, including Ross Lewis, Stuart O’Keefe and Simon Lamont were there as well. Taste of Dublin 2017 added several new chefs, including Aoife Noonan, who is the executive pastry chef from John Farrell’s Dublin restaurant empire comprising 777, Super Miss Sue, and The Butcher Grill; Ciaran Sweeney from Forest and Marcy in Dublin and Enda McEvoy from Loam in Galway……and that’s just a small morsel of who participated at last year’s Taste of Dublin.
There were also several new feature experiences, including the Style Afternoon on Friday hosted by Pippa O’Connor, “Make Life Delicious” a new cookery school feature, family afternoons on Saturday and Sunday, including activities for parents and children, Producers’ Row and much more.