Bloom is back and this year Bord Bia are celebrating its 10th anniversary with the biggest and best festival yet. President Michael D. Higgins will be officially opening the event in Dublin’s Phoenix Park Thursday June 2nd. Bloom 2016 will be a celebration of all things horticultural, craft and food related with over 100,000 visitors expected over the course of five days.
There is so much happening this year for foodies, families and garden enthusiasts to see and do with over 100 Irish food and drink producers, 200 retailers, 50 of Ireland’s top nurseries and 23 show gardens. The themes for the gardens range from the 1916 Rising and the war in Syria, to social farming and the evolution of plants. This year’s competition will also showcase gardens from Chile, China and Chicago, giving the show garden area a truly international feel.
Speaking ahead of opening day, Bloom manager Gary Graham said: “Everyone in Bord Bia, and all those who are involved in the show in some way, have worked especially hard this year to ensure our visitors enjoy our 10th Bloom festival more than ever. While this is very much Bord Bia’s event, we could not put it together without the support of so many people. Hundreds of workers have been helping to build Bloom over the past 30 days, while more than 4,000 people, including 200 volunteers, will work onsite over the five days. 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. There is no other event in the country that you will find all these incredibly talented people on the one site for five days and so readily accessible to the public.”
Bloom 2016 will also feature 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 entertainment.
Bloom opens its doors from 9am on Thursday morning and will run to 6pm each day. For further information, travel information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bloominthepark.com.