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Tuesday 12 December 2017

It's blooming great! Neven takes baby twins to the festival

CELEBRITY chef Neven Maguire will be taking his newborn twins to work at the Bloom festival this weekend.

The kitchen boss (37) has "massively cut back" on his workload because fatherhood is the "greatest experience of my life".

But on Monday wife Amelda and babies Lucia and Conor - who were born in February - will be on hand to watch daddy cook up a storm at the annual festival.

"I can't wait for them to come down," Neven told the Herald. "It's the first time they will be coming to Bloom and hopefully the first of many."

The television personality said he would be doing two food demonstrations a day, along with other cooks from Bord Bia, at the food and gardening event, which opened in Dublin's Phoenix runs until Monday.

Also at the show were Katherine and Gary De Brun, the first wedding couple to have their photo taken in the Cavan Crystal Hotel "Wedding Garden".

This fairy tale garden, designed by Jason Stubbs, provides a romantic and enclosed intimate space for wedding parties to have their photographs taken.

Last year's event attracted 90,000 people over five days, with this year's offerings expecting to match its success. The 70-acre site will provide ticket-holders with access to its 27 show gardens, as well as cookery and craft demonstrations, expert gardening advice and live entertainment.

Bloom show manager, Garry Graham said they had created a little village on the 75 acre site and were hoping to match the 2011 turnout.

"The Chelsea Flower Show is all about horticulture and flowers. Here, we are more interested in families and reluctant gardeners," he said.

Tickets can be purchased at the venue, priced €20 for adults with free entry for under-16.

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