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January has been officially taken over by the vegans.

If you haven't heard of Veganuary yet – it's when people sign-up to take part in going vegan for the month of January.

Veganism is, of course, more than just a diet but the food is a massive part of the lifestyle.

That's why Dublin will host the Vegan Foodie Festival from January 24 to 27.

In its second year, the festival aims to show how easy and accessible it is to be vegan around the capital – and all at a special discount for participates. 

SHEmazing spoke to the organiser, Katy Morgan who explained that 22 vegan restaurants will be taking part this year.

"We have 22 vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants on board, one beauty salon and two vegan bakeries," she said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Although the festival is currently Dublin-based, Katy hopes to expand and bring it to other cities in Ireland this year.

If you've taken part in the popular foodie event last year, make a note that for 2019 you will need a ticket.

The tickets are €2.50 each and Katy advises to hold onto the one you buy for the entire festival. 

Katy explained: "Tickets avail of all the special offers. All you need to do is to get a ticket and visit as many participating places with one ticket."

"Show it before making an order and inform them that you are here to celebrate Vegan Foodie Festival," she added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Restaurants such as Brother Hubbard, Take A Veg, Sova Vegan Butcher and McGuinness's (Camden St) are all taking part in the foodie event. 

Participating restaurants, takeaways and cafes will be offering festival goers entertainment, new set menus, discounts and other special offers.

So whether you're a vegan, plant-based, trying Veganuary or just fecking nosey – this festival is open to everyone and anyone.

To be honest, you had us at the mention of food and a discount.

You can get more info on the event and tickets here

 

Feature Image credit: Coghlan’s Artisan Bakers

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Are you a sweet tooth? You might be interested in this…

While the country isn't running short on cool food festivals taking place in pretty much every county, this year is seeing the first edition of a national festival solely and entirely dedicated to… dessert. 

Named #DessertFSTVL, the event is taking place from July 23rd to 29th, with venues located across the country celebrating all things sweet for one whole week.

For the occasion, Cork’s Casanova Gelato created a 13lb Jägermeister gelato sundae, made with tropical fruit punch and decorated with deep fried plums and mini bottles of the boozy digestif.

Not sure if we'll dare trying it…

From bars, restaurants and cafés to doughnut shops, crêperies and ice cream parlours, hundreds of venues across Ireland will be participating in the festival, showcasing their most delicious sweet specialities and hold events for everyone to enjoy.

So expect pop-up events, tastings, workshops, “Man versus Food” challenges or unique desserts especially created for the occasion.

For more information, check out fstvlr.ie or follow FSTVLR on social media!

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Tate of Dublin is just around the corner, and we're getting pretty excited for the foodie festival.

There are a few ways to get prepped and ready for the bountiful banquet, and like any festival, there are some specific tips and tricks to help you make the most of the experience. 

 

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1. Plan ahead

Visit the website and plan the day as there is so much to do and see with all the demos, master classes and new Food for Thought.

2. Create your own foodie checklist

Check out the menus on offer from each restaurant ahead of time to curate the perfect gourmet checklist. 

There are over 20 restaurants to choose from, so it’s good to come with a plan on what you want to sample.

3. Check out the live musical entertainment line up

There is plenty more than food on offer at Taste of Dublin. 

Entertainment will be on the main stage from noon on Thursday to close on Sunday evening, and keeping the buzz alive are bands such Spring Break and Smash Hits.

 

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4. Remember the weather

Taste of Dublin is primarily an outdoor event, and the forecast is good – so don’t forget the sun cream.

5. Swap your cash for florins

Taste of Dublin has its own currency, so be sure to exchange euro for Florins.

Visit one of the Florin banks dotted around the venue (or use one of the many roving Florin sellers) to buy your currency.

One Euro equates to one Florin.

 

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'We are really excited about this year’s Taste of Dublin and the amazing line up we have planned,” said Taste of Dublin Managing Director Avril Bannerton. 

'Never before have we had so much cooking talent at Taste.' 

'There will be more than 30 world class chefs participating in this year’s event. We’re really looking forward to seeing all the intriguing dishes and exciting demonstrations they will be unveiling over the next four days.'

There are still a few tickets left for the amazing event, which you can get here

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Taste of Dublin is back after it drew massive crowds last year for the amazing selction of quality food and drink vendors.

The food festival encourages attendees to create their own personalised taste experience by trying a little something from each vendor. 

The event returns to the Iveagh Gardens from June 15 to 18, spread over the four days.

 

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The participating restaurants and vendors will offer up a selection of their signature dishes, and there will also be live music and cooking demonstrations from celebrity cvhefs.

If you really want an indulgent experience, you can hit up the luxurious Tattinger champagne tent to relax with a glass of bubbly. 

Or, you can wander through the gorgeous gardens in pursuit of some of Dublin's most high quality taste experiences. 

 

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Tickets are currently on sale for the event, with standard tickets only €17.50.

There are also VIP and Corporate packages available.

We're getting excited just thinking about it! 

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This year's Galway Food Festival is on the horizon, and it looks like it's set to be a delicious feast for culinary connoisseurs and food fans alike. 

The festival will run over the Easter weekend, from Thursday April 13 to Monday April 17.

"Galway is home to many different communities, both local and international. In an age of increased migration, we are witness to so many new people arriving in Galway bringing with them their own food culture."

"It is central that we marry these global cultures with our own in order a secure a brighter future for food," said the festival organisers. 

 

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Some of Galway's finest eateries are taking part in the foodie feast. 

Biteclub, Wa Cafe, Cava Bodega, Il Vicola and Anair will all be taking part.

A number of the city's cafes are also on board, including the ever-popular Coffeewerk + Press and Caprice. 

Over 100 food-based events will be happening over the weekend, all focused on the theme of food and community. 

“Community and food are so closely linked as every culture and community forms a large part of their identity through food whether during celebration, through tradition and history or simply daily dining rituals," said owner of Builín Blasta Café and Bakery in Spiddal, Heather Flaherty.

 

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There will also be wonderful food tours through the cobbled streets, discussing some of the city's finest home grown eateries and ingredients. 

It's always worth a road trip to Galway, and this festival is a little added incentive to head west for the Easter weekend. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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