Bord Bia’s Bloom returns to the Phoenix Park Dublin from 30th May-3rd June 2019. We’re happy to report there are plenty of food-focused highlights planned!
The celebrated floral, food and family festival, which attracted 120,000 visitors last year, will feature 22 show gardens, 14 postcard gardens, over 100 Irish food and drink producers, 25 plant nurseries, 25 live cookery demonstrations with some of Ireland’s best-known chefs and some 100 retailers, all within a 70-acre site.
Bord Bia’s Food Village
The Food Village will host more than 100 producers allowing visitors to sample and take home premium Irish-produced food and drinks. The Food Market will feature 68 smaller scale Irish producers of farmhouse cheeses, preserves, baked goods, confectionary, juices and much more.
The Love Irish Food pavilion will feature up to 15 stalls belonging to their members; the Fresh Food Market, dedicated to Bord Bia Quality Assured meat, poultry and fish as well as fruit and vegetables, will be tended by nearly 14 producers selling and providing information to the public.
Bord Bia Quality Kitchen Stage
The Bord Bia Quality Kitchen Stage is a major attraction hosting 25 cookery demonstrations during the 5-day event. Ear to the Ground presenter Helen Carroll will be on hand to interview the chefs, farmers and food producers.
Bloom 2019 will see well-known chefs including Neven Maguire, Rory O’Connell, Catherine Fulvio, and many more. New for 2019, gardening expert Gerry Daly will take to the Quality Kitchen stage to demonstrate how easy it is to add home grown herbs into everyday meals.
A number of the 22 stunning show gardens at the heart of this year’s event will celebrate Irish food and drink. The UCD History of the Irish Diet in Plants garden will visually illustrate the changes in the Irish diet over the past 8,000 years. The garden is divided into five sections representing the hunter gatherer diet of Ireland’s early settlers; the introduction of farming; the entry of imported crops and foods into our diet; the impact of industrialisation; and the expansive diet of today.
The Healthy Way Garden, explores the steps you can take to achieve a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. There will also be show gardens created by Lidl, Blackwater Gin and Bord Iascaigh Mhara to communicate messages of importance to their organisations.
Reflecting the buoyancy of the Irish drinks industry, The Bloom Inn features 27 Irish drink producers, up from 24 last year. This includes three brand new distilleries: Clonakilty Distillers, based in west Cork committed to reviving ancient malting barley varieties. Lough Ree Distillery, a family run business that combines traditional whiskey distilling methods with modern technology. Micil Distillery is Galway’s first distillery to open its doors in over 100 years, and produces a unique peated poitín.
New Businesses and Products Launching
Bloom has long provided an excellent launch pad for new food companies to be introduced to the market. This year will be no different with a host of new products and companies set to launch.
Bord Bia Trade Breakfast
The 6th Bloom Trade Breakfast event will take place at the food village on Friday, 31st May where Bord Bia will welcome over 200 Irish and international buyers to meet with Irish food and drink suppliers. Previous Bord Bia Trade Breakfast events at Bloom have resulted in a number of significant listings for Irish companies.
GIY Food Matters Stage
GIY will once again hold a series of panel discussions over the course of the five day event, focussing on the pressing food issues of the day. Featuring some of the country’s most esteemed food writers, chefs, activists, journalists and business people.
If you want to sample some of the seasonal, delicious dishes on show at Bloom this year, check out these healthy salads from Bord Bia.