Our summer calendar is already filling up fast with plans for festivals, weddings and barbecues (yes, we're being highly optimistic about the weather), but one weekend we're keeping free is June 16 – 19.

Taste Of Dublin returns to the Iveagh Gardens for four days this summer, and it looks set to be quite the event.

Like last year, the gates will be open until 10.30pm on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so you can really soak up the last of the sun's rays while trying food from some of the capital's best restaurants. Plus, there are heaps of new hands-on demos and masterclasses on offer this year, like O'Briens' Wines tasting sessions.

This year's festival theme is 'Homecoming,' so expect lots of seriously tasty Irish food. 

There'll be live cooking demos…
Nevin Maguire, Kevin Dundon, Richard Corrigan and Kevin Thornton will all be cooking up a storm, as well as Anna Haugh, a former head chef for Gordon Ramsay; plus Cathal Armstrong who has cooked for Barack Obama among other big names.

…And you can get tips from the experts for FREE
If you're not content with sitting back and watching the masters at work, book yourself in to one of the free Electrolux Chefs Secrets masterclasses – interactive cookery demos where you'll get the chance to try your own hand at making each dish.

Plus, you can try a wine masterclass
For the 11th year running, O'Briens Wines will partner with the Taste Of Dublin crew – and this year they'll be offering wine tasting courses as well as selling drinks as usual.

Or just kick back with some bubbly
While normal ticket prices start at €15, you can nab a VIP ticket from €35, entitling you to fast track entry, access to the Champagne Taittinger VIP Suite, plus a complimentary glass of Champagne Taittinger or complimentary Taste Brew beer.

Here's all the ticket info
Advance tickets are currently on sale for €15 – €25 depending on the day and time slot, while VIP tickets run from €35 – €54. Tickets will also be available on the door each day. Child tickets are €12.50,  or €14 on the door, though under tens go free. You can book online here.