Minister Donohoe encourages more people to ‘Dine in Dublin’ this February

12th January, 2016

Minister for Transport,Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe T.D., today (Tuesday)launched this year’s Dine in Dublin festival which returns in February for the eighth year running. From Monday the 22nd of February through Sunday the 28th the capital will come alive with a feast of culinary delights. Over 50 restaurants participate each year giving you the very best of fresh local produce, cooked to perfection and served up in style with quality festival offers available from the city’s most loved eateries.

Those shopping and socialising in the city centre can soak up the flavours of the festival at Dine in Dublin’s “Dine Pavilion”, an exciting outdoor kitchen which will be situated on the city centre streets throughout the week of Dine in Dublin. Here the city’s top chefs will offer live demonstrations showcasing the very best of their most loved Dublin dishes.

Brought to you by DublinTown, Dine in Dublin sees the biggest names in the Dublin foodie scene offer an unparalleled dining experience. With Dine in Dublin festival specials available at Dublin’s most famed restaurants, the 2016 line-up includes Dublin hot spots Pichet, San Lorenzo’s, Saba, The Church, Fallon & Byrne, Zaragoza, Red Torch Ginger, Le Bon Crubeen and Flanagans to name but a few.

Speaking on this year’s festival, CEO of DublinTown, Richard Guiney said: ‘Dine in Dublin has established itself as a key annual culinary event in the Dublin calendar.  For many Dubliners, as well as our visitors, it is an opportunity to sample the best cuisine that the city has to offer while also welcoming in the approaching spring.  In recent years Dublin’s restaurants have really established themselves for quality and variety with 50% of Dubliners regularly choosing to visit the city to dine out.  Each year we are seeing new and exciting restaurants opening their doors and adding to the mix.  Areas such as the Creative Quarter, which 5 years ago were struggling, are now bustling with evening time diners.  There are as many people on South William Street at 11pm as there are at 10am. Now with the economy growing we expect even more people to take this opportunity to come out and enjoy themselves.  There is so much choice on offer from the participating restaurants that it is well worth a visit to to see what appeals to your tastes.’

Minister for Transport,Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe commented: ‘Tourists to Dublin are rightly enthused by the dining offering that they find here.  Those of us lucky enough to call Dublin home know why.  The restaurant sector was particularly badly hit when our economy crashed. Government recognised this and introduced measures such as the lower 9% VAT rate which supported the hospitality sector and enabled it to recover during a difficult time.  Dine in Dublin is a fantastic event that allows us celebrate all that is good about the Dublin culinary scene.  It is particularly rewarding to see how well visitors and those living in the capital get behind the initiative and come out to experience new places or enjoy old favourites.’

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Notes to Editors:

We are DublinTown is Dublin City’s Business Improvement District a not-for-profit organisation charged with creating a welcoming and economically viable city environment. It is a collective of 2,500 businesses in the city centre, from St Stephen’s Green to Parnell Street, and works with its partners to enhance the appeal of the City Centre as a place for shopping, recreation and business development. DublinTown is behind popular city festivals such as Dine in Dublin, The Dublin Fashion Festival and Dublin at Christmas. For more information, see for the organisation site and for the consumer site about Dublin City.