Bloom Festival – June Bank Holiday

Remember when I said I was going to Bloom a couple of weeks ago? I’m finally getting a chance to clear the photos off my camera and chat about how it went.

To be honest, I really went for the food element as it is run by Bord Bia but have to say I was a little disappointed with the food stands on offer. It really wasn’t any different to any other festival in terms of snacks and had a very similar stand set up to the Ploughing Championships last year.

I was hoping there would be a lot more start up companies with a huge range of food on offer, but a lot of it was ham and strawberries. Lucky for me, I like both ham and strawberries but would have liked to see something I didn’t know Ireland could grow or a brand new product – not more granola (no offence granola makers, I love making it too).DSC01173.JPG

The lack of honey at Bloom though was the most disappointing. I kind of had myself convinced there would be loads of bee-keepers around to tell me about making my own honey and what makes Irish honey different. As I’m always hearing that we need to encourage bees into our gardens, I was hoping I’d come away with more insights on this. I saw lots of bumble bees though, at least that’s something. Actually, if any of you know where I can get good quality, Irish set honey, please let me know!

The flowers really were beautiful though so I wanted to share some snaps with you all. Every garden seemed to have a kind of wild, meadow vibe to it and I have no desire to ever mow a lawn they all seemed perfect to me!

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Yellow, orange and purple ran all over the festival, and lupins seemed to be a firm favourite. There were a lot of variety of plants you could buy for your own garden, but I do wish they would have ran exhibitions around how to make the most out of a windowsill or a tiny back garden. I only went on Sunday so might have missed these sessions though.

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I think perhaps my food expectations were slightly too high for this event just yet – fingers crossed next year more producers come and show a wider variety of products. Until then though, I’ll enjoy looking over these beautiful snaps!

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I’m going to crawl into bed now and when I wake up it will be Friday. A lovely old friend πŸ™‚

 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. maryangland says:

    I enjoyed your post and photos were great.

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    1. Thanks so much :-)!!

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  2. Quinn says:

    I only went to Bloom once a couple of years ago and loved it but I only went to nosy around the gardens so thankfully the food offerings didn’t bother me (although I do remember thinking they could have done with more variety). Please please PLEASE if you find any good Irish raw honey let me know! I am a honey FIEND and I can’t ever find proper Irish honey!

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    1. Will do Quinn – it seems almost impossible to find though 😦

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