Another weekend – another fabulous food event! I love this time of year, so many festivals and food days out… it’s no wonder I can’t get my jeans closed! 🙂
Last year was my first time to attend the Campo Viejo Tapas Trail in Dublin and I really enjoyed the day. It was SUPER value and a great way to get some tasters in Dublin’s tapas restaurants. (You can read last year’s post here if you like!)
So this year I was delighted to attend again and the bonus was that there were some different restaurants featured this year. Last year the Market Bar and Bagots Hutton were featured but this year the two newbies were The Drury Buildings and Zaragoza. I’d been to both for drinks but not yet tasted the food so was excited to try it out! So off we went on a Sunday afternoon… what better way to spend it than eating tapas and drinking vino!? 🙂
First up was Drury Buildings. This is a lovely spot on Drury Street which houses a restaurant upstairs and a lovely bar downstairs that also offers food. We had a nice glass of the Campo Viejo Cava and got ready for the food!
In each restaurant you are given a few tapas to try and also a glass of red wine. This year’s was the Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva, 2008 which was a fab wine, very easy to drink!!
Here’s a shot of the food we had in Drury Buildings, I really enjoyed the Smoked Coley Crocquettes & the Garlic Pesto Crostini but may favourite here was the Lamb & Pistachio Albondigas (meatballs to you and me!) – so tasty!
Next up was Market Bar on Fade Street. I noted last year that the portions were gigantic and this year was no different! Her we had Patatas Bravas, Goats Cheese Crostini & a Piri Piri Chicken Salad.
Along the way to each venue our host Paul told us plenty of interesting and amusing facts about Dublin over the years…. have to say that Paul really made this day even more fun than it would have already been.
Next up was Zaragoza on South William Street, named after the Spanish city of Zaragoza. Myself and E went in here for a drink when it first opened and were big fans of the beautiful bar they have.
My favourite food element of the day was from Zaragoza in the Mini Pig Burger – it was fantastic! The other elements were fish cake and confit of duck in filo pastry.
Throughout the day there’s also an emphasis on art. Illustrator Steve Simpson came up with 4 great pieces, each featuring elements of Spanish culture with one in each restaurant.
There are other arty elements throughout and Paul also talked us through the history of street art in Dublin as we passed by some.
Last up was Bagots Hutton Wine Emporium (if you want to give it the full name!), again on South William Street for dessert after all those savoury dishes. I adore this place and have been many times. We really enjoyed the panacotta here and it was a lovely was to finish off the day.
While we didn’t taste the savoury dishes here they had laid out a sample of their meat and cheese boards and I will DEFINITELY be returning to try these out!
Last year I discovered their wine cellars – if you haven’t been then be sure to pay a visit.
We had a fabulous day again this year…I am astounded by both the quality of food that is served, the quantity of food and wine and the price it’s offered for.
The tickets sell out so quickly each year (they are all sold out for Dublin this year) and it’s not surprising as it’s major value for money. I think one year I must get down to Cork and see what they have to offer. My advice is to get in there early next year if you didn’t make it this year – and if you are attending over the coming weeks in either Cork or Dublin – Enjoy! 🙂