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World Tapas Day at Taste of Dublin

World Tapas Day at Taste of Dublin

Spain’s World Tapas Day on Thursday 15th June coincided with Taste of Dublin at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, so hosting the Spanish pavilion were (above) H.E. Jose Maria Rodriquez Coso, Spanish Ambassador; Teresa Gancedo, Director, Spanish Tourist Office; Rafael Soriano, Deputy Head of Mission, Spanish Embassy; and Kathryn MacDonnell, Travel Trade Manager, Spanish Tourist Office.

Spanish Chefs Manu Liria and Pedro Santana with H.E. Jose Maria Rodriquez Coso, Spanish Ambassador, and Teresa Gancedo, Director, Spanish Tourist Office

Spanish Chefs Manu Liria and Pedro Santana with H.E. Jose Maria Rodriquez Coso, Spanish Ambassador, and Teresa Gancedo, Director, Spanish Tourist Office

The Spanish Tourist Office took the opportunity to bring in two top chefs, Manu Liria and Pedro Santana, for a Spanish cookery demonstration that was well received by the Dublin audience.

Kathryn MacDonnell and Sara Rivero, Spanish Tourist Office

Kathryn MacDonnell and Sara Rivero, Spanish Tourist Office

Hospitality was the bye word for the day and Spain was to the fore with excellent wines from Lanzarote, along with delicious tapas that went down really well.

Cathy Cullen, Tour America; Carol Ann O’Neill, Worldchoice; David O’Grady, eTravel; and Lorraine Quinn, Celebrity Cruises

Cathy Cullen, Tour America; Carol Ann O’Neill, Worldchoice Ireland; David O’Grady, eTravel; and Lorraine Quinn, Celebrity Cruises

Meanwhile, Celebrity Cruises was the gracious host at the Taittinger/ Celebrity Cruises VIP Suite where Lorraine Quinn and Kirsten Genard made sure all their guests were well looked after with beautiful canapes and great Taittinger champagne.

Jenny Rafter, Aer Lingus; Lorraine Quinn, Celebrity Cruises; and Yvonne Muldoon, Aer Lingus

Jenny Rafter, Aer Lingus; Lorraine Quinn, Celebrity Cruises; and Yvonne Muldoon, Aer Lingus

Lorraine Quinn, Celebrity Cruises, with Ciaran Brady, Trailfinders

Lorraine Quinn, Celebrity Cruises, with Ciaran Brady, Trailfinders

Thailand was also well represented at Taste by Kannika Mac and Sakuntala Rattanasriampaipong, who were looking after the substantial Amazing Thailand pavilion, where much interest in the country and its cuisine was shown by the public.

Kannika Mac and Sakuntala Rattanasriampaipong, Amazing Thailand

Kannika Mac and Sakuntala Rattanasriampaipong, Amazing Thailand

The sun shone and it was a great day to start a most enjoyable event.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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