Showcasing the best from Ireland’s horticulture and food industry, Bord Bia’s annual Bloom festival takes place for five days over the June bank holiday weekend, in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Bloom continues to blossom and grow each year as Ireland’s largest garden, food and family festival, attracting over 100,000 visitors.
Launched in 2007, by Bord Bia (Irish Food Board), The Bloom festival was primarily developed as a promotional vehicle for amenity horticulture; providing a showcase for garden plants, garden design, construction, horticulture and gardening as a hobby.
Bord Bia is an Irish state agency which promotes the sale of Irish food and horticulture on a national and international scale, acting as a link between Irish producers and their customers worldwide. Bord Bia’s wider remit across food, drink and edible horticulture has enabled the development of a consumer show that engages the public with artisan and Bord Bia Quality Assured food, Origin Green, meeting and learning from Ireland’s top chefs and cooks, tasting indigenous brewing and distilling, learning more about and experiencing Irish fruit, vegetables and potato production.
The show is based on similar successful formats such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Shows and RHS Hampton Court Palace shows, and has gone from strength to strength over the past ten years.
The show incorporates almost 30 show gardens created by Ireland’s top garden designers, over 100 delicious Irish food and drink producers, 50 nurseries within the Floral Marquee, and almost 200 retailers, all within a 70 acre site.