We unveil the official line-up for Taste!

See you next week!

20 top restaurants, 30 world-class chefs, 160 interactive masterclasses, Irish and International experts giving “Food for thought” talks about the topics on everyone’s lips …

And entertainment and fun for everyone….

Taste of Dublin have today released the line-up for Ireland’s ultimate foodie festival – an event that promises to be stronger and more exciting than ever with, a complete range of new features and faces, on its 12th year.

Returning to Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th June with a stellar line-up of world renowned International and Irish chefs, including Jean Christophe Novelli, Anna Haugh, Darina Allen, Gill Meller and Neven Maguire taking to the various stages and participating in new exciting features over the four days; there will also be producers, food and drinks experts and new experiences – all designed to educate, entertain, surprise and delight.   With the long-term forecast predicting sunshine, Taste of Dublin 2017 will be the only place to be in Dublin next week and the unmissable event of Summer 2017 – so make sure to get your tickets now, so you don’t miss out.

Because Ireland’s food culture is more diverse than ever before, guests to this year’s festival will be greeted with a strong international dimension, as all chefs and restaurants are showcasing this year’s theme of ‘Flavours of the World’ by incorporating foreign cuisine elements into their menus.

A new feature of the festival is ‘Food for Thought’ with Regina Wish.  With more than 30 talks, Q&A’s and interviews from some of Ireland’s favourite chefs and industry experts discussing ingredients and topics they love including Darina Allen on Slow Food, Robin Gill on getting Farm to Table eating “right”, Clodagh McKenna on “Table Scaping” and Simon Lamont on the Sustainable Oyster.  Throw in whiskey masterclasses from “Teelings”, cooking with Flavours of the World from Anna Haugh, “Sherry, the Food Lover’s Wine” from drinks enthusiast Lynne Coyle from O’Brien’s Wines, not to mention the “Big Fat Taste Quiz” panel experience – it’s going to be an informative and entertaining feature that visitors won’t want to miss!

Another new feature is the expanded Electrolux ‘Make Life Delicious’ theatre, to cope with the overwhelming popularity and demand from last year. This is the perfect place for those who are interested in learning a thing or two about cooking and want to get their hands dirty and where French celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, Kwanghi Chan and Kevin Dundon are just some of the names demonstrating over the four days.      True foodies will also feel be right at home in the ‘Taste Theatre’ where a further line-up of leading chefs and TV personalities like Darina Allen and Neven Maguire will be showcasing their professional skills and techniques, hosting up to five live cooking demos per session, plus a few new surprises that are guaranteed to keep crowds entertained.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s much-loved tea brand Barry’s Tea will for the first time show an innovative way of enjoying tea ‘Infusion, by Barry’s Tea’, serving a range of exclusive cocktails; a refreshing twist on the classic Gold Blend, a tantalizing Very Berry cocktail or a comforting Green Tea cocktail – a whole new experience not to be missed!

The 20 participating restaurants are stronger than ever before; this year we have a concept “Daily Specials”, with signature dishes from Ireland’s top restaurants; including Deane’s EIPIC, Ely & Pickle.  Other new features this year include the Producer’s Collection, featuring an authentic selection of artisan producers, designed to enable visitors really to experience the character and authenticity behind each product.    Meanwhile, Neven Maguire will be bringing the Flogas Taste Experience to life, offering demo features throughout the festival.     Add into the mix some Whiskey Tasting with Roe & Co, craft beer features as well as the O’Brien’s wines masterclass, it’s all happening at Taste of Dublin 2017 this year!

The ever-popular ‘Style Afternoon’ on Friday will be hosted by Pippa O’Connor, while Saturday and Sunday afternoons promise all sorts of fun, with face painting, creative games and cooking skills advice for families and kids; nicely coinciding with Father’s Day on Sunday 18th June.

Entertainment on the main stage from noon on Thursday to close on Sunday evening will keep the buzz alive including bands such Spring Break and Smash Hits and more than 32,000 people expected from Thurs 15th to Sunday 18th June.

Finally, this year for the first year ever, the “Mastercard VIP ticket”, available from Priceless Ireland, for the evening session on Sunday 18th(5.30 to 9.30pm) gives guests access to the Champagne Taittinger VIP Suite – so, not only can cardholders treat themselves, but €30 from every ticket will help WFP (World Food Programme) provide 150 nutritious school meals to children in Africa.


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