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Monday, January 26, 2015

[Event] TradFest Taste Trail, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

This year, as part of the internationally renowned TradFest, why not savour some world class cuisine as well as world class music with the TradFest Taste Trail. This gastronomic event will wind its way through Temple Bar, stopping at 10 food outlets offering a wide range of cuisine delights. 

Temple Bar offers all categories of food and hospitality from fast food to award-winning restaurants, gastropubs, bakeries, breweries and an outdoor food market. The area has an incredible diversity of cuisines ranging from Kathmandu to Ireland, from Indonesia to Italy. There are chefs who grow their own vegetables, publicans who make their own beer, coffee shops who bake their own cakes, Irish chefs who cook Asian food and Asian chefs who cook Irish food. 

The TradFest Taste Trail will take place on Saturday, January 31st and Sunday, February 1st, between 12pm - 5pm. Ticket books can be purchased from the Festival Box Office or participating restaurants for €22. Each book contains 10 tickets, with a face value of €2. These can then be exchanged for dishes at the restaurants. 

The inaugural Temple Bar Coddle Cook Off will also take place during the TradFest, with Temple Bar restaurants offering up their own unique take on the classic Dublin dish. The Cook Off will take place on Curved Street from 3pm - 5pm, with entries from Chameleon, The Boxty House, Elephant & Castle, Monty's of Kathmandu, La Caverna, The Larder, Oliver St John Gogarty's and The Morgan. Celebrity judges Rick O'Shea (2FM), Leslie Williams (The Examiner) and Gillian Nelis (The Sunday Business Post) will choose the winning dish and proceeds will be donated to Epilepsy Ireland.

For more information, visit, or whet your appetite with the following dieshes from the participating restaurants.

1. Chameleon Restaurant
Indonesian pork belly in a steamed bun with Korean kimchi and caramel €4

2. Elephant & Castle
Basket of spicy chicken wings with blue cheese dressing and celery €4
Roasted red pepper hummus with pitta soldiers €2
Chocolate & pistachio ganache tart with whipped cream €4

3. F.X. Buckley 
2 oz sirloin steak with Bearnaise sauce €4

4. Gallagher's Boxty House
Boxty fries - thin strips of boxy pancakes, deep-fried and seasoned with Dilisk seaweed brittle €2
Boxty bread - toasted boxty loaf topped with St. Tolas goats cheese and Haven turf smoked salmon €2
Boxty dumplings - boxty dumplings cooks with wild Irish mushrooms in a Cashel Blue cheese sauce €2
Boxty pancake - slices of boxty pancake with corned beef and pickled cabbage €2
Boxty ice cream  - caramelized boxty loaf ice cream in a miniature cone €2

5. La Caverna Restaurant and Wine Bar
Minestrone soup - fresh traditional Italian vegetable soup €2
Italian risotto - chicken, mushroom, mixed papers and asparagus €2
Sweet Italian panna cotta - with fruit sauce €2

6. Monty's of Kathmandu
Tare ko Sabji - mild deep-fried mixed vegetables with chutney €2
Chicken mono with chutney - traditional Nepalese dumplings with chutney €4
Mango lassi - traditional Nepali yoghurt smoothie €2

7. The Morgan
Mini crispy pulled pork wraps served with chive yogurt, rocket and pickled carrots linguine €4
Mini Dublin Bay fish cakes with ceviche and mango dressing €4
(Add a glass of Irish pale ale to either dish for €6)

8. The Oliver St John Gogarty
3 Carlingford oysters served with Guinness brown bread €4
Bowl of fresh mussels, shallots, herbs, white wine and cream €4
Continental and Irish cheeseboard with fresh fruit and biscuits €4
Rustic apple tart served with Irish whiskey custard €4

9. The Port House Pintxo
Paella de Pollo Chorizo - traditional Spanish rice dish with chicken and chorizo €4
Churros con chocolate - Spanish doughnuts, coated in cinnamon sugar, served with a warm chocolate dipping sauce €2

10. The Shack Restaurant
Beef Ireland - stew of tender beef, cooked with bell peppers, onion, red wine and grain mustard, served with Irish potato cake €4
Apple crumble - homemade crumble served with custard and fresh cream €2

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