Mayo producers in Bloom

Going Out

DUBLIN BOUND Elaine Kennedy, founder of Partry-based Hawthorn Handmade Skincare.

Ciara Moynihan

Over the years Bloom has blossomed into something much bigger than a flower and garden show. It is now a much anticipated festival not just among the green fingered, but among foodies and discerning arts and craft shoppers.
After two years of being consigned to the virtual space due to the pandemic, the much-loved event is now back, occupying over 70 acres of Dublin’s Phoenix Park for its 16th iteration. And this year’s festival, which runs from Thursday, June 2, to Monday, June 6, will see three Mayo businesses exhibit their wares.
In the Food Village, Claremorris-based sheep-dairy producer Velvet Cloud and Achill Island Sea Salt will be exhibiting along side more than 80 food and drink producers. Visitors can expect to find everything from from chocolate to smoked salmon, cheese to beetroot juice – not to mention, artisan sausages, fresh veg, jams, coffee and craft beers and spirits.  
The festival also now includes the Bloom Irish Craft Village, supported by the Design & Craft Council Ireland, where attendees can browse a selection of work from some of Ireland’s most creative designers and makers. Flying the flag for Mayo will be Hawthorn Handmade Skincare from Partry, which creates skin-nourishing products using 100 percent natural ingredients.
With all this and 19 stunning show gardens to peruse, as well as a nursery to browse, tickets for Bloom are selling like hotcakes – especially as they are limited this year due to ensure a relaxed, safe environment for entrants following on from Covid-19 restrictions. In a nice touch this year, two children under 16 can go free with every adult ticket purchased.
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