Ireland’s culinary festival Taste of Dublin has returned this week, running from 16-19 June at Iveagh Gardens, Dublin 2.

As is the usual running of the event, the gardens are closed for a ticketed event, where the public can sample a range of the best food and drink options that are on offer across Ireland.

The options are many with a huge array of delicacies on offer and a day spent there will leave you well sated and watered.

I attended the Spanish Tourist Board’s opening event there yesterday and got a sample of what they will offer the public from now until Sunday. With staff from The Port House on South William Street, just down the road in Dublin 2, manning the Spanish tent, they served up a variety of tapas dishes including Galician octopus (pulpo a la gallega); mixed croquetas (croquettes filled with a variety of different meats, or ricotta and spinach); and an ever-replenished chicken paella.

All of this is served alongside Navarra reds: a merlot-cabernet sauvignon option, or a merlot-cab sauv-grenache mix. This was rounded off by a dry sherry, served from the cask.

With a staff consisting of Spanish, Italian, Mexican, Venezuelan and Brazilian folk, it’s also an excellent opportunity to brush up on your Spanish or Portuguese language skills.

Buy tickets for Taste of Dublin here: http://dublin.tastefestivals.com/tickets/

Find out more about Spanish Tourist Board in Ireland here: http://www.spain.info/en_IE/

Check out The Port House here: http://porthouse.ie/

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