Bloom Festival 2016 in pictures: my highlights

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Bloom Festival 2016 took place this June Bank Holiday weekend, and the organisers could not have asked for better weather. When we went along, on the morning of Bank Holiday Monday, the sun was splitting the skies and, at 10am, the car park was getting dangerously full. I've been to Bloom before, so I knew what to expect – an array of stalls, selling everything from jewellery to clothing, potted plants to iron gates, as well as, of course, a selection of incredibly creative and beautiful gardens – but himself was a little taken aback, to say the least. We both loved the gardens – the Tarzan garden was gorgeous, and UCD's garden, which showed the evolution of the plant, over something like 500 million years, was really smart and interesting – but there is something odd about paying €20 per ticket to attend an event at which people are trying to sell you things at every single turn. (Children go free, mind you, which will be a big selling point for families looking for something to do to entertain the young 'uns!)

That being said, I definitely would recommend it – on a sunny day, there's loads to see and take in, and the gardens themselves are spectacular. Here are a few visual highlights: take note that one of my favourite parts was finding the Nobó tent and indulging in a smoothie bowl full of frozen goodness... Yum!

Bloom Festival 2016 Phoenix Park Dublin

Bloom Festival 2016 Phoenix Park Dublin

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The Irish Country Magazine garden at Bloom – a gold medal winner!

Bloom Festival 2016 Phoenix Park Dublin

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Bloom Festival 2016 Phoenix Park Dublin

Bloom Festival 2016 Phoenix Park Dublin

Bloom Festival 2016 Phoenix Park Dublin

I attended Bloom as a guest of Bord Bia – for full details on my attitudes to freebies and payment, check out my disclaimer.