offaly food companies were busy at Bloom, Bord Bia’s annual gardening, food and family festival in Dublin.
The event celebrated a record-breaking final day as over 1,200 GIY (Grow it Yourself) fans set a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of people sowing seedlings at once.
Despite the poor weather conditions, Bloom welcomed almost 80,000 visitors over the June Bank holiday weekend to the 70 acre site in Phoenix Park, Dublin which is celebrating its 350th anniversary this year.
Flying the Offaly flag were Prue & Simons, Rudd’s Fine Foods and Carroll Cuisine.
Aidan Cotter, CEO, Bord Bia said, “Now in its sixth year, Bloom continues to evolve and grow with our changing times. It is a showcase of the indigenous talent, creativity and integrity that characterises Irish food and horticulture and its capacity to contribute to our economic well-being.”
Gary Graham, Bord Bia’s Bloom Show Manager added, “This year the horticultural industry has been severely tested by poor weather conditions and difficult economic circumstances yet we have managed to achieve 27 stunning show gardens and over 40 magnificent horticultural displays which proves the strength of Bloom and its importance to businesses.
“We are really delighted with the success of this year’s show and plans are already underway for Bloom 2013 which will be one of the signature events for ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’. A total of 81 medals were awarded on the first day of the show to garden designers, nurseries and floral artists by the international judging panel.”
Bord Bia has announced that Bloom 2013 will take place from Thursday, May 30 to Monday, June 3 and planning for next year’s event will commence immediately.