I was excited to be invited to Dublin to sample some of Dublin's food and hospitality, but first, I want to mention the Lovin Dublin Show Live.
The founder of Lovin Dublin is Niall Harbison, an Irish entrepreneur who believes that Dublin is up there with Berlin, Melbourne and New York as one of the greatest cities in the world. In just 5 short weeks, Niall put together the Lovin Dublin Show Live, showcasing the foodies of Dublin. Held at the Bord Gáis theatre, the show included some very impressive speakers, and awards for the best brunch, lunch, dinner, restaurant, chef, coffee shop and pub. There was a food start up prize of €25k, which was awarded to Nobó - a company making gluten and dairy free ice cream, using avocado, coconut milk and pure honey - wow!
Among the speakers were chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White, Irish rugby player Jamie Heaslip, and inspirational adventurer and campaigner Mark Pollock.
Winners of the Lovin Dublin Awards:
Best Brunch in Dublin - Whitefriar Grill
Best Lunch in Dublin - Boojum
Best Dinner in Dublin -Saba
Best Restaurant in Dublin - 777
Best Chef in Dublin - Ross Lewis
Best Coffee Shop in Dublin - 3FE
Best Dublin Pub in Dublin -The Long Haul
It was an interesting evening, which had started with a trip to a lovely museum, The Little Museum in Dublin, followed by dinner at Marco Pierre White's restaurant, then the Lovin Dublin Show, ending with a rowdy visit to Sam's Bar in the heart of Dublin. A little bit of everything I'd say!
Here's a teaser of what you can see there:
I'm going to write another post about Dublin, including a restaurant stop and food tour. But, for now, I would like to say a BIG thank you to Visit Dublin, and Lovin Dublin sponsors O'Briens Wine, Heinz Ireland and SuperValu for giving me the opportunity to visit Dublin and attend the show.
You can find Lovin Dublin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.