Improving air quality, tackling food waste and highlighting how children benefit from outdoor play in the natural world are among the many themes which will be explored at Bord Bia Bloom 2023. Ireland’s favourite festival of flowers, food and fun, returns to the Phoenix Park, Dublin, this June bank holiday weekend (June 1st-5th) with another vibrant mix of thought-provoking show gardens, delicious local food, and interactive entertainment for visitors of all ages.
Food Glorious Food
New to the event this year is the introduction of the Funky Food Fleet which will bring a collection of Ireland’s tastiest food trucks to the festival for the first time. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample delicious fare from Salty Buoy, Los Chicanos, Hot Potato, Bahay, Ten10 Toasties/Acai Bowl, Vegan Thanks Plants, Dash Coffee, All Bar Chicken, Ciao Cannoli, Tortilla and Food Cloud.
The Quality Kitchen Stage at the centre of the Food Village will once again host live cookery demonstrations from some of Ireland’s leading chefs including Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Rory O’Connell, Fiona Uyema, JP McMahon, Edward Hayden, Brian McDermott and Shane Smith, along with interviews with more than 40 Irish food producers.
In the redesigned Food Hall and the popular Bloom Inn, over 100 Irish food and drink companies will showcase their produce and many companies will use the opportunity to launch new and exciting food and drink products.
This year Food Cloud, the social enterprise dedicated to tackling food waste, will have a notable presence across the event. The Food Cloud Food Truck will serve dishes made from food waste and chefs on the Bord Bia Quality Kitchen stage will highlight some of the key measures people can take to avoid food waste in our homes. Food Cloud will also send a group of volunteers on the final day of the festival to collect all food waste from the exhibitor stand within the Food Village.
Sustainable Living Stage
Also new for 2023, Bord Bia will be presenting a stage solely dedicated to sustainable living goals. The stage will be hosted by Mick Kelly, Founder and CEO of GIY, and Irish food writers Caroline Hennessy, Aoife Carrigy and Dee Laffan. Contributors will cover topics ranging from food waste and home composting to the importance of garden ponds for biodiversity and why bees matter.
At the heart of Bord Bia Bloom, 22 small, medium, and large show gardens will provide inspiration for visitors. Among these, the National Dairy Council will host the ‘Embracing the Elements’ garden which pays homage to the Irish climate. It honours the crucial role our climate plays in the quality and sustainability of our agri-businesses, while recognising farmers’ responsibility to protect our natural resources and combat climate change.
There is also plenty to do for all the family with live entertainment on the Main Stage, while the ‘Budding Bloomers’ area promises to keep children engaged and entertained with willow weaving, planting games, toddler play area and much more! RTÉjr will also be central to this space with daily storytelling, a kids disco and magic shows. Finally, RTÉ lyric fm is back for with what is shaping up to be their biggest presence to date with great music, lyric fm favourites and exclusive events for Bloom visitors.
Tickets are on sale now on BordBiaBloom.com priced from €25 per person and two children under 16 can attend for free with every adult ticket purchased.
Bord Bia expect to welcome more than 100,000 visitors to the show over five action-packed days. Speaking at the launch of this year’s event, Jim O’Toole, CEO, Bord Bia said:
“Bord Bia Bloom was created to offer a world-class, uplifting and engaging showcase for Irish horticulture, food and drink. Now in its 17th year, the show provides an invaluable platform to highlight important societal issues such as climate change, sustainable production and health and wellbeing. We are proud to see how Bloom has evolved into a unique festival experience, with nature and sustainable living at its heart, while also continuing to offer our horticulture, food and drink clients the opportunity to showcase their latest products and innovations.”
According to Laura Douglas, Head of Bord Bia Bloom:
“This year’s festival will be a truly immersive experience, designed to inspire, educate and entertain visitors in equal measure. Bord Bia Bloom continues to adapt and evolve, and we are delighted to introduce a number of new and exciting features for 2023 including a redesign of the popular Food Village. Meanwhile, we have an increased focus on sustainability content with a larger-than-ever Conservation Area and a new ‘Sustainable Living’ stage with five days of talks planned to cover everything from food waste and beekeeping to biodiversity and GIY. We look forward to warmly welcoming visitors in just a few weeks’ time!”
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Bord Bia Bloom 2023