The Ocean Spray cranberry garden at last year’s Bloom in the Park festival. This year’s fetival will have a large Food Village with restaurants, cafes, markets and cookery demonstrations. Photograph: Lorna Gannon/Jardin

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Skeaghanore duck breast and confit with carrot and apple served at the Irish Food Writers’ Guild awards lunch at l’Ecrivain restaurant

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Critical appraisal: in the kitchen. Photograph: Ballymaloe House

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Kelly’s Resort Hotel, Rosslare, Wexford: the new cafe at the hotel would not have opened if the VAT rate had remained at 13.5 per cent, according to manager Bill Kelly

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Cathy Davey performing on the media day for Electric Picnic 2014.Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie 2:00

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The Electric Picnic is starting to take shape.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh 2:00

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