The Peoples Park Market in Dun Laoghaire
Food, glorious food
Looking for something to do this bank holiday Sunday? Look no further than the People’s Park Market in Dun Laoghaire. This market is a very popular attraction, drawing large crowds every weekend. You can expect to see over 50 vendors trading on any given Sunday, offering something to suit everyone. I popped down to the market last Sunday and, as usual, I was astonished by the crowds and tempted by the aromas.
“International Street Food” – that is one phrase I would use to describe the cuisine on offer in People’s Park on a Sunday morning. From Asian to Mediterranean, falafel to burgers, pizza to crepes, there’s certainly no need to leave this market feeling hungry.
Right inside the gates to the People’s Park, Denis Healy’s Organic Farm offers a vast range of seasonal, fresh, organic fruit and veg – some of which you might not spot in your local supermarket, such as piccolo parsnips! Last week there was some delicious rhubarb on sale, ideal for a fruit crumble or tart on a Sunday evening.
Are you allergic to apples? Do you have a reaction when you eat apples? If so, David from Llewellyn’s Orchard would love to talk to you. Call David on 087 584 3879 or pop down to the market. Even you don’t have an adverse reaction to apples, David would still be delighted to chat to you. At Llewellyn’s you can pick up bags of delicious apples or some thirst quenching cider – that might tempt a few of you to visit on this bank holiday Sunday!
On a recent visit to the market I discovered a vendor I hadn’t come across previously. Drumeel Farm has one of the best displays of nuts, seeds, dried fruit and muesli I’ve come across. Muesli can be made to order to suit your taste preferences or you can buy individual bags of ingredients to add to your own creations at home.
Artic Stone, named “Best Irish Street Food” by Irish Food Guide, is a stand worth visiting if you have a tendency towards ice cream. Arctic Stone was inspired by a popular ice cream making method originating from Thailand known as hand-rolling. With its unique creamy texture and delicate flavour, founder Caoln Cullen is definitely on to a winner here. Keep up with the antics of Artic Stone on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
As well as foodie vendors, you’ll find arts and crafts stands in the People’s Park. This are ideal if you’re looking for a quirky gift for someone! For the foodie in your life, Man of Aran Fudge and Truffle Fairy Handmade Chocolates are excellent edible-gift options. I regularly go to Man of Aran for some Vanilla and Chocolate Fudge for my brother – never fails!
Check out the People’s Park Market this Sunday from 11am to 4pm, you may even get for a walk on the East Pier too. Dogs are welcome at the market once obeying all rules relating to Control of Dogs. Honest Dog Treats are even on hand to satisfy your pooch’s treat craving.
Happy Bank Holiday Everyone ☺
- Amy Meegan, BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition, UCD
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