So I made my annual pilgrimage to Bloom http://bloominthepark.com/ held in Phoenix Park this past Friday, courtesy of one of the exhibitors who had kindly arranged tickets for my family and I to attend. It's one of those rare festivals that I feel truly encompasses what is so great about all things Irish. People, flowers, food, talent... it was organised beautifully this year. Thankfully the day I visited, the weather was kind and there was no rain. It was lovely to walk along the show gardens and take in all the sights, smells and colours of the event.
There is always plenty to do and see at Bloom. I was really able to let my food loving side loose this year. With more and more artisan food exhibitors featuring gluten free food, I was able to enjoy a lot of what was on offer. Every year there is a greater range of gluten free food available. I was in food heaven!
Here are a number of photos I took. Kind of a summary of what I got up to while I was there. If you didn't make it this year, there's always next. It's a great day out, no matter the weather!
Blooms to behold at Bloom!
After exploring the gardens, I then made my way to the food area. There was something for everyone. Artisan food, an incredible craft beer tent (unfortunately, no gluten free beer, but my husband says it was far better than the craft beer festival that took place over St. Patrick's weekend), cheeses, meat, fresh vegetables, chef demonstrations, etc. It was well worth attending! I picked up some amazing food from Pure Foods, The Foods of Athenry, Glenilen, Áine Hand Made Chocolate, Natasha's Living Food, Green Saffron Homemade Spices, Jane Russell's sausages, to name but a few of the food exhibitors I bought from on the day.
See you next year Bloom!