Minister Donohoe & Food Fleadh invite you to take a bite of the Northside

30th August, 2019

Minister Paschal Donohoe officially launches the Smithfield Stoneybatter Food Festival

Dublin, 29th August  Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD today launched the Smithfield & Stoneybatter Food Fleadh in the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street. Organised by the Smithfield & Stoneybatter Business Association, the festival will run from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September in food outlets across Dublin City communities.

Each event will be housed in the business’ own premises, allowing attendees to walk from pub to restaurant to café, building a festive atmosphere over the three days. Over the course of the weekend there will be festival menus, discounts in selected outlets, afternoon tea in the Richmond, weekend Brunch & Charity Swap Shop and so much more.

The highlight of the weekend will be the Smithfield & Stoneybatter Food Festival Market on Sunday 15th from 11.30-5pm, when this gastronomy fare takes to the outdoors on Smithfield Square in tandem with the Busker Fleadh, an independent music festival.

This historic part of Dublin has long had a close association with the food and drink industry from the Cattle Markets of Stoneybatter through to the Fruit and Vegetable Markets of Smithfield up to the world class Jameson Distillery and burgeoning local eateries and bars. 

Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe said, “I’m so pleased to witness again, first-hand, the dedicated work of the Smithfield and Stoneybatter Business Association. Working together, as neighbours, friends and businesses, we can achieve so much more than is possible in isolation.The Food Fleadh is a fantastic example of this in action. It also presents a wonderful opportunity to highlight the fantastic offerings by the diverse range of businesses in the area and provides a chance for the local communities to come together and enjoy what they are, in essence, creating. ”

Greg Grouse, Chairman of the Smithfield & Stoneybatter Business Association, commented, “We are delighted to be bringing together so many local businesses for this three day food festival. From bars, small eateries, local food & drinks businesses to Jameson itself, there is so much packed into the Smithfield and Stoneybatter area for visitors to explore.”

The Smithfield & Stoneybatter Food Festival is supported by Dublin City Council, FRESH Supermarket, SPADE Enterprise Centre, Rothco, The Hendrick, Jameson Distillery, The Maldron Hotel  and Generator. It is being held in association with The Busker Fleadh which takes place on Sunday 15th September on Smithfield Square.

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