Taste of Dublin: Festive Edition inspired by Tesco Finest* had a focus on Zero Waste this year…

This year’s Taste of Dublin : Festive Edition kicked off in the RDS last week to a weekend of culinary loveliness!

With live music, loads of food stalls and LOTS of drinks stalls, this was a the perfect place to spend a few hours in from the cold weather last weekend!

As all of us move towards the crazy weeks of preparing and planning our food menus for the Christmas period, Wasted.ie would like to give a special mention to the event’s focus on ‘Zero Waste’.

This year’s event had a focus on advise and tips on how we can all minimise our waste in the kitchen this time of year…

 

HOW TO HAVE A ZERO WASTE CHRISTMAS – Sustainability and zero waste this

Christmas is to the forefront more than ever before. Conor Spacey of FoodSpace showed the crowd how our food choices we make over Christmas can be more sustainable.  Conor is the Culinary Director with FoodSpace, an Irish Catering company that is committed to changing our broken food system and being fully sustainable.

Rory O’Connell from Ballymaloe House was a big draw this year, showing us how you can prep smartly for the festive season. Lots of ideas here on how to make your christmas dinner a little more stress free!

 

FESTIVE CHEESE BLOCK – Who can resit a good cheese board this time of year? This year, the line up of cheeses looked and tasted (guilty!) amazing. Young Buck, Corleggy, Ballylisk and Galway Goat Farm were just a few of the fantastic cheeses on offer.

 

 

TASTE CHOCOLATE WORKSHOPS – Ireland’s most talented chocolatiers were showcasing some of their gorgeous chocolate displays this year at Taste of Dublin: Festive Edition. Bean & Goose had live hot chocolate demos and Neary Nogs were on hand to talk through their chocolate-making process (yummy!)

 

FESTIVE DRINKS THEATRE . The festival launched the first-ever Drinks Theatre at this year’s event. We loved the Schwepps Bar in particular, who were serving a great selection of Xmas cocktails to get us in the mood! The range of spirit brands were fairly vast across the venue and the displays were really quite remarkable for what were essentially ‘pop-up’ bars. Not surprisingly, gin featured fairly heavily this year and we were delighted to see lots of Irish brands being represented.

 

 

 

WINE TASTING EXPERIENCES – Campo Viejo were the anchor wine brand at the event and had lots of advice and sampling opportunities for punters looking for the suggestions on what to serve this christmas.

But, we also loved meeting the guys behind Wicklow Way Wines. Brett Stephenson is the owner and wine maker behind the Moineir brand (Moineir is Irish for Meadows) and told us about the process behind his ‘Fruit Winery’. Strawberry Wine. Need I say more? This is simply delicious.

 

So, that’s it for another year. The team behind Taste of Dublin certainly delivered yet again and while I’m a still more of a fan of the Summer festival, this was certainly a great weekend, with great timing for Christmas food ideas.

See you in the summer!