I Have long been fascinated by little secret gardens and parks in cities. The Fitzwilliam Square Park in Dublin is pretty gorgeous (and I am lucky enough to have access to this private park as our offices are based In the square). It regularly opens to the public for #Happenings and indeed has been used for outdoor film screenings, weddings and photo shoots. This summer has seen it host food fairs on a Thursday (#IrishVillageMarkets). Meant to get there all summer and finally made it on Thursday of this week. Lovely option to have for lunch and a wide choice of food stalls (from fish and chips to Vegan to Pizza to Sushi to Lebanese, Mexican and Korean). So on the one hand great choices but I began to realise that in another way there was very little choice and that related to price. It was almost impossible to spend less than €8 - I realised almost every stalls entry point /basic offering was €8 so I'm assuming there is some minimum price agreement. I went for the Mexican food offering (salad bowl with all the Mexican offerings normally in a burrito). It was good but bland (despite choosing the hot spicy chicken and the chimichurri sauce) but what I thought really a ripoff was the charge of an extra €1 for guacamole (especially given it was presented with the other 8 offerings of chilis, salsa, sour cream, cheese etc). Given it is a typical ingredient in the dish - it smacks of opportunism. (I recall being at a similar fair in London and being able to try 4 or 5 different cuisines for £1-3 each). So in summary - a gorgeous little park and when open to the public you should try and get in; lovely to have the food fair experience (and Irish Village Markets to be commended for their initiative) but would strongly suggested a wider choice of price offerings.
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