The five best things to do at this year’s music festival

The Bord Bia Bloom Festival is again this year at Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Now in its 16th year, this much-loved outdoor festival runs from June 2-6.

This will be the first time since 2019 that Bloom will be held in person after two virtual events due to the pandemic.

Here are some of the most important things to do at this year’s festival…

1. Taste the best of Irish food at Bloom Food Village

Bloom’s Food Village will welcome over 80 of Ireland’s leading food producers, so it’s not to be missed.

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.

Meanwhile, the Bloom Inn will be showcasing the best of craft spirits and beers.

There will be opportunities to sample products on the go and get a sneak peek at new products that are exclusively launching during the festive season.

2. see Spectacular performance garden

Nineteen spectacular display gardens will form the heart of this year’s event.

Described as Bloom’s “jewel in the crown,” the Display Gardens are one of the most popular attractions, providing inspiration and entertainment for all ages.

Gardens are a source of imaginative storytelling and creative concepts that address important local and global issues such as the environment, human health, sustainable food production and housing.

Festival-goers can enjoy special guests, panel discussions and musical performances while touring the gardens.

3. Go to the Sculpture Garden to appreciate art

Returning to Broome for the seventh year, the sculpture garden celebrates Irish art, design and craftsmanship.

More than 60 sculptures will be displayed in a garden setting curated by Ruth Liddle and Ken Folan at Carton House’s Kildare Gallery.

This year’s exhibit includes Wild Swimming, Wildlife and Orange – the colour of innovation and joy.

4. Watch a live cooking demonstration

Bloom’s Quality Kitchen stage will host some of Ireland’s top chefs for live cooking demonstrations.

Some of the biggest names will be on stage, including Neven Maguire, Rory O’Connell, Fiona Uyema, Catherine Fulvio, Edward Hayden, Gary O’Hanlon, Shane Smith, Mark Moriarty, JP McMahon and Brian McDermot.

Food lovers can also head to the Eat Well Kitchen Garden, a new feature for this year’s event.

Chefs including Kwanghi Chan and Niall Sabongi will be there to provide sample dishes and more.

5. Experience workshop

Irish Craft Village brings together some of Ireland’s most creative designers and makers.

Festival-goers can witness the magic of skilled artisans turning raw materials into finished designs and bring home Irish living design culture.

The reserve is also not to be missed, with 12 charities and organisations hosting talks and workshops over the weekend.

For tickets and more information visit bordbiabloom.com.