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18th Nov 2019

So bring us some figgy pudding! Get in the Christmas spirit with Taste of Dublin festive edition

Brought to you by Taste of Dublin

We’re anticipating an utterly delicious Christmas dinner this year!

Christmas is at once the best and most stressful day of the year. Absolutely nothing can beat the kids waking us up (even if it is at 5am) to go and see what Santa has brought them this year. Then there’s everything else – the smell of the Christmas tree, the kids’ laughter as they play with their new toys, the cupboards packed with all of the Christmas ingredients. Magical.

Like we said, no better day. But then there’s Christmas dinner. Don’t get us wrong – we love Christmas dinner but preparing it is another story entirely. There is so much to cook at once and you have to make sure it’s all done to perfection and you have to do it all with constant complaints of “Mum, I’m starvingggg”.

Well, thank sweet baby Jesus on his birthday, because Taste of Dublin is here to help make this year’s cooking go as smoothly as possible. They’re heading to the RDS this November 28 to December 1 with loads of delicious new Christmas recipes inspired by Tesco Finest to try out plus oodles of tips and tricks for cooking the old classics.

There will be workshops and demonstrations to help you perfect this once-a-year feast preparation. Just head to the DID Electrical Chef’s Theatre to see Ireland’s top culinary talent slicing and dicing their way through all the best festive recipes. Think mince pies, yule logs, and meringue roulades (yes, we’re getting fancy this year).

It’s not just Christmas Day either, Patrick Ryan will be sharing his secrets on how to bake the best buttermilk batch bread – the perfect carrier for those turkey and ham sandwiches. JR Ryall, Nicola Curran Zammit, Brian McDermott, Aoife Noonan, and Karan Mittal will all be there with ideas for some scrumptious festive canapes to serve at any Christmas parties you may be hosting. I mean, we might as well now, just to try them out…

For the main Christmas Day dinner, Adrian Martin and Edward Hayden will be taking you under their wing as they teach you how to cook the most succulent turkey, how to glaze your ham to perfection, and how to roast the crispiest potatoes. We’re drooling just thinking about how great we’re going to be.

For anyone who wants to try out some veggie or vegan dishes this year, Ciara Brennan, Holly White, and Jeeny Maltese will be creating some alternative festive recipes that are sure to taste divine. They will also be putting together some gluten-free bites so they’re a must-visit if you have any coeliacs in the house.

If all of that isn’t enough to entice you (who are you kidding?), there will be piles and piles of dishes to sample as you make your way around the floor. We think the kids in particular will love that part.

On Sunday, December 1, there will also be a host of family-friendly activities at Taste. We’re talking interactive kids cookery demos with Deirdre Doyle of The Cool Food School, edible gifts demos with Lizzy Lyons, gingerbread decorating with Devoted to Cakes, and even card-making masterclasses with The Little Craft Shop. These are truly great experiences for the whole family to try out. Plus (best of all!) they’re entirely free. Hurrah!

There is so much happening at Taste of Dublin’s first-ever festive event. To find out more about it and to book yourself some tickets, head over to the Taste of Dublin website. Be quick though! They’re only there for a few days.

This is going to be the best year ever.

Brought to you by Taste of Dublin

Taste of Dublin: Festive Edition inspired by Tesco Finest is gearing up to be Ireland’s ultimate winter food festival. This festive event is brought to you by the team behind the popular Taste of Dublin summer festival that has taken place in the city for the past 14 years! Taste of Dublin: Festive Edition will offer many of the iconic features enjoyed by visitors at Taste of Dublin… but with a Festive twist. With celebrity chefs, Ireland’s best restaurants,  Cooking & Baking demonstrations, masterclasses, live entertainment plus more…….  To find out more and book your ticket visit