Organised by Bord Bia it marks its 10th year celebrating food, drink, horticulture and gardening by offering plant lovers, gastronomes, farmers and families more to smell, see, touch and taste than ever before.
Home to over 100 food stalls, gastronomic delights and palate pleasers, the Food Village at Bloom offers a wide range of artisan produce on sale and onsite dining options including dining at Bistro Bloom or visiting the Country Crest restaurant and Farm Shop.
The Bloom Inn features a wide range of Irish craft beers and spirits accompanied by a selection of gourmet farmhouse cheeses supplied by the Association of Irish Farmhouse Cheesemakers.
The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, officially opened the five-day festival which is expected to attract over 100,000 over the five days of Bloom.
Since the first year of the festival in 2007, the show has doubled in size to a 70 acre site while attendances have skyrocketed compared to just 40,000 in year one.
“As Bord Bia’s flagship horticulture and food event, Bloom provides us with the ultimate platform to showcase some of Ireland’s most talented garden designers, horticulturists and food and drink producers,” said Bloom Manager Gary Graham ahead of opening day today, “There’s no other event in the country that you’ll find all these incredibly talented people on the one site for five days and so readily accessible to the public.”
Bloom 2016 also features cookery demos from some of Ireland’s top chefs, fashion shows, public debate, music, an open farm and a kids’ play area, along with many other forms of free entertainment.
It opened at 9am this morning and runs to 6pm each day.
For further information, travel information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bloominthepark.com. There’s no entry charge for children under 16 years of age.