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12 Days of Christmas

While the folks over in Paris were all in wintery mood because it was snowing, the weather in Dublin since yesterday has been less than kind as it stays showery, albeit in small doses. Still. I want the clear blue sky back…

Well, I’m sure everyone has by now cleared out all Irish pork products from your fridge/freezer, including sausages, bacon and ham, after the recall last week following detection of high levels of dioxin in them – up to 200 times over the allowed limit! There shouldn’t be unnecessary panic though and I think it’s good that the recall is being done, and the shelves are now being restocked with pork from outside of the republic and if it’s Irish they’re new uncontaminated stock.

Faced with all these gloom and doom, a little cheering up would be nice. Christmas cheer in particular. So why not head over to the IFSC for 12 Days of Christmas?

“The 12 days of Christmas market at the Docklands is full of more Christmas cheer than your Da when the in laws leave!”

That’s the tagline! Cute, lol…

There are lots of food stalls selling bratwurst (contamination-free all the way from Germany), herby roast potatoes, mulled wine, pretzels, chocolates, truffles, crepes, hot nuts… (I’ve got to stop listing since it’s making *me* hungry right now) as well as gift stalls where you can hunt for some Christmas presents including jewelleries, toys, clothings, decorative items, books, woodcraft and more!

At weekends, Santa Grotto will also be open. On top of that, there would also be entertainments in the form of brass band, face painter and balloon modeller. Just the thing to keep kids happy and cheerful.

I’ll definitely be making my way there at least a couple of times in the next 12 days. Hmmm… I’m dreaming of the grilled sausages with roast potatoes and mulled wine as it is…

Oktoberfest 2008

Oktoberfest in Munich is world renowned, but not all of us can afford to jet out there for the festivities (especially in the wake of financial crisis and a new belt-tightening budget from the government), nor are some of us beer-loving enough to make that much effort for an expensive weekend away (flight, accommodation, beer tent entry fees etc).

In Dublin, Oktoberfest comes to us, free entry, and yes, we may lack the party atmosphere and the authenticity of München’s finest social gathering, but it will be a whole lot more pocket-friendly to us and our friends.

Some German friends who have been there in the last week so far had had given good feedback, and even if you don’t drink beer, there are a good selection of German food to keep you going. Not only that, they also have staff dressed in dirndl, so all in all, that has got to lend some feel of Oktoberfest to this!

The Oktoberfest 2008 runs until this Sunday 19th October at Georges Dock in IFSC, so just a couple of days left for you to check it out. I’ll be off there myself this weekend to see what the fuss is about. ;-)

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