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4 events for... foodies in search of a new flavour

From Chinese New Year events to pot luck dinners, foodies are spoiled for choice this week.

dcnyg Source: Dublin Chinese New Year Festival

FANCY EXPLORING SOME markets, sampling interesting food or venturing into a new café?

There are plenty of events taking place over the next week sure to interest foodies and satisfy hungry bellies.

Dublin Chinese New Year Festival

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When: February 16th – March 4th

Where: Various locations

Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is back with a bang. Over the course of two weeks, the festival will host a wide array of events and workshops to herald the arrival of Chinese New Year. Among these are some events guaranteed to pique the interest of foodies living in the capital.

There’s a Hot Pot Night in which Dubliner Alice Chau-Ginguene will teach you all about the hot pot, one of China’s favourite and most warming delicacies. Chau-Ginguene is also bringing her highly popular Chinese Food Tour to the festival, which will see participants get the inside scoop on where to get the best Chinese food in the capital.

The Asia Market is hosting a tasting tour in which visitors will be invited to nibble on Chinese New Year snacks and sample loads of food, wine, and sake.

Finally, Kildare Village and Green Dragon Well have teamed up for a pop-up street food collaboration. A Bite of China arrived on February 7th and will be at the retail outlet for the next two months. Head down to gorge yourself on bao buns, dumplings and bubble tea.


When: Open now

Where: Kevin Street, Dublin 2

This diminutive Vietnamese concept café recently opened its doors on Kevin Street. Pang specialises in light rice paper rolls packed with meat, fish, tofu or whatever else you’re having. There are also hearty bánh mì sandwiches (€6) and warming pho noodle soups (€9). A perfect spot for a quick, healthy bite.

Vegan Potluck

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When: February 17th

Where: The Kitchen, Galway City Museum

The premise of Galway Vegan Potluck is simple: prepare a vegan dish to share with other like-minded souls. The potlucks have been going for a few months now and have steadily grown in popularity with scores of curious foodies and vegans showing up to mingle and eat delicious, healthy food. The February instalment will take place in The Kitchen Café in Galway City Museum. Entry is just €3. Otherwise just bring yourself and a dish. Simple!

Honest 2 Goodness

When: February 18th

Where: Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin

Honest 2 Goodness is without question one of the best food markets in the country. Each week, customers trek out to Glasnevin to feast their eyes on the best in local produce and treat themselves to snacks from one of the many food stalls.

Treat yourself to goodies from Scéal Bakery or satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy treats from Charlene’s Wholesome Pantry.

If you’re looking for something more substantial, you have your pick of sushi, homemade burgers and woodfired pizza. The world is your oyster.

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