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Fiestaval – The Temple Bar Food Festival

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These days Temple Bar has, unfortunately, become associated with hen and stag parties, and noisy partygoers causing trouble. However, there are also many famous and very popular restaurants, with a reputation for quality that has been earned.

This bank holiday weekend over August 2 and 3, some of the best restaurants in Temple Bar will be serving delicious food and drinks al fresco from 12pm to 6pm. Fiestaval is coming to Meeting House Square, with plenty for all the family to get excited about.

Temple Bar Food Festival – Food is Fun

Even if your kids are not particularly interested in gastronomic experiences, the giant games, craft club, face painting and live DJ just might interest them more. There will be lots of fun and games to involve everyone, while the parents enjoy some gourmet dining.

Think of Fiestaval as one big picnic in the city centre – one with afternoon and evening entertainment, people-watching and a great atmosphere.

gallaghers boxty dublinThis is the first year of Fiestaval, and it is a long overdue recognition of Temple Bar’s great restaurants – an aspect that is so often overshadowed by the late night version of the area. The celebrated Gallagher’s Boxty House (traditional Irish fare); The Chameleon (Indonesian); Klaw (Seafood); Bar Pinxto (Spanish) and Montys of Kathmandu (Nepalese) are all family owned. Their mouth-watering offerings are just some of what you will find this weekend in Meeting House Square. The Dublin Cookie Company, Porterhouse and Dublin Food Chain will also be making an appearance.

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The Dublin Cookie Company uses only the finest of ingredients from Ireland to make crispy cookies with a delicious chewy centre. These are made on a daily basis in Smithfield, from a recipe that has been passed down through generations of bakers.

rock lobster dublinA newcomer to the Temple Bar restaurant scene, Klaw is the casual version of upmarket seafood restaurant Rock Lobster, in Harvey Nichols. It offers only the best oysters, lobster rolls, chowder, crab, clam broth and seafood salads that Dublin has to offer, for eat in or take away.

Sister restaurant to Port House, Bar Pintxo is a tapas restaurant with an excellent selection of Spanish wines from all over Spain. Its pièce de résistance is the very cool terrace looking down on Meeting House Square, where diners can enjoy the very popular summer concerts.

Now almost 18 years old, Montys of Kathmandu is a staple of dining in Temple Bar and one of Dublin’s best ethnic restaurants. It serves only authentically Nepalese dishes which are put together and presented by natives of Nepal. It is even owned by a Nepalese couple, Shiva and Lina Gautam.

chameleon restaurant dublinAnother restaurant that Temple Bar would be much poorer without, this is the 21st year that The Chameleon has been serving great Indonesian food to Irish diners. It has won a host of well deserved awards for the quality of its dishes – dining here is the next best thing to being in Indonesia.

Every once in a while, an event comes along that is a very welcome reminder of the best of Temple Bar, and Fiestaval is definitely one of those events.

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