Nursing a slight hangover today, after a visit last night to the Tastefest, in Botanic Gardens.  This event’s been going for years – when I was going through old photos and videos recently I came across one of Harry’s birthday parties that we had there.  A group of restaurants, both from NI and this year also guest restaurants from Chicago, set up stalls and serve sample dishes in exchange for tokens, while there’s live music and entertainment provided.

We arrived during the set of The Illegals, with Eurovision’s Niamh Kavanagh on vocals, and they did a pretty good job.  The sun shone, and we tried some salt chili squid from Uluru, and a ribeye in a bun from No 27 Talbot St.  The band finished at about 7, and then there was not a lot happening on stage for over an hour 😦   The DJ had a sort of dancing contest for the littl’uns, but it really was far too tame for what surely was the primetime Friday evening slot.  Never mind, I tried a piece of salmon in an Irish whisky glaze (too mustardy) and then got chatting to Jimmy Bannos, from Heaven on Seven, Chicago, who has the most drop dead sexy accent, and who sold us his Muffalletta sandwich, containing provolone cheese and mortadello, with an olive salsa.  God that was tasty!

The next band was Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, but they seemed to concentrate on lesser known songs, in some cases not even by the Mac!  Oh and Albatross, which fair enough is a Mac song, but hardly one to get the crowd going.  I found one of the delicatessens that was selling off its prosecco, and then I had a little shot glass of banoffee pannacotta with a gingerbread crunch topping from Restaurant 23 in Warrenpoint.

All in all, a fun Friday night.  Top marks to the food, but a “could do better” on the music front.

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