Chefs offer food for thought as Taste of Dublin kicks off
Whether it's a sweet treat or a spicy sensation you're after this weekend, heading to the Iveagh Gardens for the Taste of Dublin is sure to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters.
The bubbly was flowing as the vibrant four-day festival kicked off in the city yesterday, with food lovers descending on the sunny city park to sample dishes from the capital's best bars and restaurants.
Punters can also look forward to learning from the best in the business while they savour the many delicacies on offer, with an exquisite line-up of chefs on hand to demonstrate their skills and share their top tips with the public.
Yesterday afternoon Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody House, Roz Purcell and TV chef and writer Adrian Martin drew in the crowds at the Neff Taste Kitchen.
Other foodie favourites such as Great British Bake Off winner 2016 Candice Brown will also showcase their talents over the weekend.
It was Cavan chef Adrian's first time having a stall at the festival.
"I was here when I was 16, and I was working with a particular chef and lost his keys in the Iveagh Gardens - so I wasn't asked back until this year," he said, laughing.
"It's great to be here. It is a dream come true to demonstrate at Taste of Dublin, and I have my own stand this year too."
The 26-year-old, who began his professional training at the age of 11, said he was run off his feet with the crowds.
"I can't get over it so far, it is mind-boggling. It's been mental, we are flat-out at the stand," he said.
At the festival launch, managing director Avril Bannerton also paid tribute to culinary icon Myrtle Allen, who passed away this week.