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05 Jul 2022

Local Carlow producer part of this year's Bloom Festival

Local Carlow producer part of this year's Bloom Festival

Local juice producer Sunshine Juice from Tinryland, Park, Co. Carlow will be among those featured at this year’s food village

Dublin’s Phoenix Park is buzzing in anticipation of the Bord Bia Bloom festival which takes place from Thursday June 2 to Monday June 6.

The celebrated outdoor festival, now in its sixteenth year, will be held in-person following two successful virtual #BloomAtHome events. 

Local juice producer Sunshine Juice from Tinryland, Park, Co. Carlow will be among those featured at this year’s food village.  

About the company  

Sunshine Juice Ltd, the makers of the 'Walshe's Really Fresh' and 'Veg Out' brands, has been in business since 1998. The company was founded by Paul Walshe, and is based in Tinryland, Co Carlow with 50 employees. 

Sunshine Juice will join 80 other artisanal producers at the Food Village over the five days. 

Tara McCarthy, Bord Bia CEO said:

“Bord Bia is delighted to return to the Phoenix Park for our annual showcase of the best of Irish gardening, horticulture, food and drink.

“It’s great to once again bring together the many talented people who are a part of Bord Bia Bloom, from garden designers and growers; to food producers, conservationists, chefs, musicians and artists. Bord Bia has made additional efforts this year to maintain a safe and environmentally sound space for all to enjoy, while ensuring that visitors come away enthused about how they can enhance their outdoor environments in a sustainable way.

“Whether you’re a regular attendee, a new gardening enthusiast, or simply looking to enjoy a great day out, there’s plenty to inspire people over the five days.”  

Stunning Garden Displays 

This year 19 stunning show gardens will form the centrepiece of Bord Bia Bloom.

The show gardens are one of the events most popular attractions, not only as a source of inspiration, but also entertainment through imaginative story-telling, creative concepts and addressing important local and global issues such as the environment, human health, sustainable food production and housing.  

In bringing more of the show under open air this year, Bord Bia has created a new outdoor Nursery Village where visitors can meet, seek advice and buy plants from some of the very best plant nurseries in Ireland. 

Amateur gardening displays will be celebrated in the Postcard Gardens, which are small, but perfectly formed gardening showcases from community groups nationwide.    

Delicious Food & Family Fun 

As always, the Food Village is set to be a hive of activity with more than 80 food and drink producers showcasing the best of Irish produce; from chocolate to smoked salmon, cheese to beetroot juice, artisan sausages, fresh vegetables and meats, coffee and jams – it will be a feast for the senses! 

The Bloom Inn will offer the finest craft brews and spirits from all over the country. 

The Quality Kitchen stage will feature some of Ireland’s leading chefs including Neven Maguire, Rory O’Connell, Fiona Uyema, Catherine Fulvio, Edward Hayden, Gary O’Hanlon, Shane Smith, Mark Moriarty, JP McMahon and Brian McDermot. 

There is also an opportunity for kids (aged 8-14) to join Quality Kitchen favourite, Neven Maguire, in a cook-along on stage by entering a competition - full details on how to enter will be released on Bord Bia’s social media channels on Friday May 6. 

Green Inspiration 

With the environment and sustainability top of everyone’s agenda, there will be plenty of opportunities to engage with experts in environmental protection and sustainability; the Gardening and Sustainable Living Stage will feature curated talks from a range of speakers, while the Conservation Zone returns with some of Ireland’s most prominent conservation organisations including the Irish Woodland Trust and the National Biodiversity Data Centre.  

Tickets 

Bord Bia is advising people planning to attend to book tickets in advance to avoid potential disappointment on the day, as ticket numbers are being capped for this year’s festival.

This new measure is one of several in place this year to ensure a relaxed, safe environment for entrants following on from Covid-19 restrictions. This year, two children under 16 go free with every adult ticket purchased.

Visit bordbiabloom.com to book tickets today.  

To stay up to date with #BordBiaBloom2022 news, sign up to the Bloom Ezine at bordbiabloom.com and follow on social media – @BordBiaBloom on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  

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