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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Foodies show their 'joie de vivre' with record Taste spend

Majella Quinn, Ciara McNamara and Aisling Flaherty have a drink
Majella Quinn, Ciara McNamara and Aisling Flaherty have a drink

Ravenous foodies set a new record for the amount of money spent at Taste of Dublin this year.

As the capital basked in sweltering temperatures, organisers say a total of 35,000 people poured through the gates of Iveagh Gardens to enjoy fun-filled sessions at the popular event over the weekend.

While the attendance is similar to last year's event, a new record was set for the amount of cash splashed at the four-day festival.

As further proof that good times are back in the hospitality sector, this year saw the spending on food and drink go up 25pc.

Massive

In the Champagne-filled VIP tent, the amount spent on corporate hospitality was up a massive 32pc.

The event also had the biggest line-up of chefs ever, with more than 30 Irish and international cooks doing demonstrations and pressing the flesh with punters.

The party was in full swing in the southside venue for yesterday's last day, as gourmands came together for a final hurrah.

Exhibitors were doing a roaring trade in everything from Prosecco to elderflower custard and even gin and tonic popcorn.

Friends Helen Gallagher from Dalkey and Carolyn McDonnell from Bray said they left the Dalkey Book Festival especially to attend.

"It's my third time here and it's an absolutely fantastic day. It's one big, happy festival. It's just got that extra bit of joie de vivre," said Carolyn.

From left: Tina Mooney, Dionne Taylor, Emma Thunder and Katie Lyons at the festival
From left: Tina Mooney, Dionne Taylor, Emma Thunder and Katie Lyons at the festival

Making their debut at the event were newly-weds Ashley and Gary O'Reilly, from Celbridge, who got hitched in March and were clearly still celebrating their union with a few tipples.

"This is our first time here. It's great craic, the sun is shining. It's a great experience. We don't want to leave," said Ashley.

Taste MD Avril Bannerton said the event was a huge success and they have already started planning for an "even bigger and better" event in 2018.

Hazel Murray with children Jamie (6) and Alex Giles (5)
Hazel Murray with children Jamie (6) and Alex Giles (5)

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