The Temple Bar Food Market at Meeting House Square in Dublin’s trendy Temple Bar district is a veritable outdoor gourmet feast with vendors selling fresh-baked breads, artisan cheeses, sushi, quiches, tarts, juices, handmade chocolates, olives and olive oils, waffles, yogurt, preserves, chutneys, cakes and buns as well as coffees, fish, oysters, vegetarian food, organic meats, eggs, cereal and chicken and ham pies. Many of the products are sold as fully prepared meals or individual-portion snacks, ideal for a picnic in Stephen’s Green or in Merrion Square. Open Saturday, www.templebar.ie/Markets.aspx?marketid=14
Farmers Market at The Point Village Market at North Wall Quay, beside the O2 arena, is Dublin’s newest gourmet enclave where all of the traders grow, rear or bake the food they sell. It is part of the city’s biggest outdoor market with over 100 stalls selling everything from vintage clothing to contemporary fashion or jewelry, toys, records, CDs, bric-a-brac and more. Saturday-Sunday, www.pointvillagemarket.ie
Other Dublin markets with similar mouth-watering foods and delicacies include:
Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, on Thursday and Saturday, www.dublinfood.coop.
Blackrock Market, 19a Main St., Blackrock, Co. Dublin, which offers a variety of foods plus knitwear, wool, natural beauty products, handcrafts, musical instruments, antiques and books, on Saturday and Sunday, www.blackrockmarket.com.
Dun Laoghaire Market, People’s Park, on the waterfront overlooking Dublin Bay, selling a wide variety of foods (farmhouse cheeses, olives, smoked salmon, chocolate, smoked meat, apple juice, organic vegetables, and ethnic foods), along with arts and crafts, on Sunday, www.dlharbour.ie/content/recreation/farmers_market.php
For more information about farmers markets all over Ireland, contact Irish Farmers Markets at www.irishfarmersmarkets.ie and Bord Bia/Irish Food Board at www.bordbia.ie/aboutfood/farmersmarkets.
Patricia (Pat) Preston has written 23 travel books (15 about Ireland). Her latest book, "Ireland Travel 101" (http://www.IrelandTravel101.com) won 1st Place in the Travel Guide category of the North American Travel Journalists Association annual competition this year. Visit Pat’s web site (http://www.IrelandExpert.com).