Taste City Fusion festival to transform city into gourmet destination
A FOOD festival dedicated to celebrating Dublin's world-class cuisine will kick-off next month with an array of culinary greats among those featured at the event.
The Taste City Fusion food festival takes place from October 22-26 and will see the capital transformed into the ultimate gourmet destination across a range of different venues.
Well-regarded culinary experts, including Paul Kelly, Kevin Thornton (inset) and Gavin McDonagh, are among those featured in the festival line-up, and visitors can look forward to unique dining opportunities in some of Ireland's leading eateries.
Gavin McDonagh, the chef patron at the Brioche restaurant in Ranelagh, explained how the festival is important in allowing local businesses to connect with the public.
"We're trying to get rid of this stigma that a chef is just stuck in the kitchen, we want to go out and greet our customers and interact with them and this festival gives us the opportunity," Gavin said.
"We're also looking to show people how certain drinks mix well with foods, and it is something that has become increasingly popular over the last number of years.
"The festival will be a great success and it's also good that there are several different venues on offer for people, as opposed to being condensed into one area," he added.
One of the highlights of the festival is the opportunity to enjoy a banquet prepared by the best young chef in the world.
Mark Moriarty, the San Pellegrino Young chef 2015, will create a four-course Medieval Banquet, combining fine dining with 'peasant chic' in the atmospheric 12th century crypt of Christchurch Cathedral.
The event will be hosted by Irish airline CityJet, with the company's head of marketing and communications, Martina McDermott, expressing their delight at being involved in the festival.
"Serving major European capitals, with both Dublin and Cork routes, CityJet is ideally positioned to promote Ireland's reputation for fine foods and hospitality.
"In supporting Taste City Fusion, we are delighted to be able to introduce the delights of dining in Dublin to our regular executive travellers and the wider public," Ms McDermott said.
Wine lovers can also unleash their inner sommelier at the Taste City Fusion Wine Workshop with Lynne Coyle from O'Brien's Wine from October 23 to 26.