This year we went to Bloom… having known about Bloom in the Park over the last few years we had never actually made it but decided to rectify that this year. With the word that it was bigger and better than ever we bought our tickets and arrived early Sunday morning of the bank holiday to enjoy all that Bloom had to offer.
We loved the sculpture garden which was one of the first areas you came across on entry; some beautiful designs.
We took a wander through the show gardens early enough although it was still busy and sometimes hard to get in to actually see them properly…some amazing gardens and it was great to see all the colour!
We popped by the demonstration kitchen to see Catherine Fulvio cooking up a storm – roasted butternut squash and pork wrapped in parma ham… there were lots of chefs demoing over the weekend in the Bord Bia kitchen.
We enjoyed a lovely lunch sitting on a covered terrace at ‘The Seafood Bar’ part of the ‘Bloom Bistro’ – a seafood platter, a cheese plate, breads, nibbles and dips and of course a glass of crisp white wine…we also timed it to perfection and were ensconced under the canopy when the rain shower came!
We wandered through the food trucks and markets…including having a little pitstop at Glendalough Distillery to taste their gin… and took home some nice bits and pieces too from the different stalls.
It was a super day out, really great food stalls and markets, lovely atmosphere (despite the couple of showers that arrived during our morning there). The gardens were great too but they seemed to be a smaller part of the overall event and by the time we were leaving – around 1.30pm it was getting very manic…hard to get into to see the gardens through the people, or to buy anything at the market stalls. My recommendation is go early and you will get there quicker with less traffic, get parked easier and be able to wander more freely!