Bloom 2023: Your Comprehensive Guide to Ireland’s Premier Gardening Festival

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Ireland’s largest gardening festival, Bloom 2023, is just around the corner and promises a fun-filled experience for all ages. Taking place in Dublin’s Phoenix Park from June 1st to 5th, the event showcases the best Irish horticulture, food, and drink. In its 17th year, Bloom has grown into a must-visit event during the June bank holiday weekend.

Activities and Entertainment

Visitors can expect a wide range of activities and entertainment, including shopping opportunities at the Irish Craft Village and Q-Mark Plant Village, as well as the Grand Pavilion. The main draws are the stunning Show Gardens by top Irish garden designers and smaller Postcard Gardens by amateur horticulturists. The Sustainable Living Stage will educate attendees about food waste, biodiversity, and the role of urban trees. Live music performances, science shows, and cooking classes are all part of the fun.

Food and Drink Options

Food and drink options at Bloom 2023 are plentiful, with food trucks such as The Salty Buoy, Thanks Plants, and Ciao Cannoli catering to diverse tastes. Coffee lovers can enjoy offerings from Dash and Ten10. Stillgarden Distillery will also be present, serving quality beverages.

Festival Details

The festival takes place from 9 am to 6 pm daily. To attend, visitors need to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster. Adult tickets cost €30, while concession tickets (for seniors 66+ and students) are €25. Two children under 16 can visit for free with each adult; additional child tickets cost €5 each. Advance booking is advised, as tickets on the day may be limited.

Transportation and Parking

Parking is available for €5 per day, and there is bike parking at both entrances. Shuttle buses from Park Gate Street are also available for those using public transport or other methods.

Bord Bia Bloom 2023 offers something for everyone and is the perfect way to spend a beautiful June weekend in Dublin.

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