Food Fanatics Feast in Ireland

Jamie Oliver and Ireland's top chefs dine and dish at Taste of Dublin

Crowds gather for food and drink delights from Ireland's top chefs.

Taste of Dublin hosts a summer celebration of eating, drinking, and entertainment June 14 - 17 with over 20 of the city's best restaurants whose chefs will be cooking up special tasting menus for festival goers.

Chefs are creating tapas-sized bites reflective of their culinary philosophies, signature styles, and their innovative use of seasonal ingredients. Highlights include Bon Appétit's prawn tempura, garlic and lemon aioli, and pomme frites as well as the smoked sea trout and caviar from Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is scheduled to launch Taste of Dublin with a 45 minute cooking demonstration Thursday.

"Taste of Dublin is a fabulous platform for showcasing the best in Irish produce and cuisine and it is great to kick off the summer in true Irish style," said Oliver.

Featured food adventures include 'Kanchi Dine in the Dark,' where guests enjoy a feast immersed in complete darkness. Taste of Malaysia and Taste of Thailand also return to showcase the flavors of Asian cuisine from Ireland's leading Thai and Malaysian restaurants. Other events include wine tastings, interactive masterclasses, and the Taste Chef's Table hosted by Food & Wine Magazine's editor Ross Golden Bannon.

Taste of Dublin uses its own unique currency called Florins, with 1 Florin equalling 1 euro and an average dish costing around five Florins. A Standard ticket costs €20, though purchasing a Florin ticket for €38.50 includes entry, access to featured events, masterclasses, demonstrations, and 20 Florins for spending. A VIP ticket for €45 also includes fast track entry, access to a VIP suite, and complimentary cocktails and champagne.