Foodie fans tuck into Taste of Dublin
The weather may have turned sour, but that didn't stop thousands of foodie fans from savouring the opening day of the Taste of Dublin festival at the Iveagh Gardens.
Running over four days until Sunday, and featuring more than 15 top restaurants, the festival, which is now in its 11th year, is offering a feast of stalls.
This year also sees some new additions to the menu of celebrity chefs who'll be revealing their top tips in the Taste Theatre and Chefs Secrets areas.
Among them are Cathal Armstrong, a Killiney native whose venue Restaurant Eve, near Washington DC, is a favourite haunt of the Obamas.
"They're food people, they enjoy food. It was their wedding anniversary and they had a tasting menu - surrounded by a huge amount of staff," he said.
"The Navy is in charge of food for the White House and the Presidential detail, so we had a couple of people just hanging out in the kitchen. They didn't taste any of it. They just watched what we were doing."
Returning for another year is celebrity chef Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody House, who has lots of plans for the year ahead.
"In America, I've a whole range of products - the cookbooks and the TV shows. The TV shows are going really well and have launched into the Asian market and to Australia and New Zealand," he said.
Dundon, who's doing 22 masterclasses at the festival, also branched out into the beer market last October after setting up his own brewery.
Other featured personalities include Roz Purcell, Ross Lewis of Chapter One, Rachel Allen, Neven Maguire and Simon Lamont.