This year’s Dublin Festival of History is highlighting the city’s culinary past as part of its events programme, providing food lovers with a flavour of the past.

Running from 1st to 20th October, the festival features over 150 walks, tours, exhibitions and talks taking place across Dublin city, all of which are free to attend. Visitors can take a bite of Dublin’s culinary past at events such as:

The Rise and Fall of John Spicer’s ‘Model Bakery’ Balbriggan (part 1, 1904 to c.1942)
In this talk, Frank Whearity will discuss the establishment of John Spicer’s Balbriggan bakery (1904–c.1999) and the battle for the contract to supply bread and meal to the Balrothery Poor Law Union at Ballough. Sprinkled with stories of business rivalries and the colourful characters, Frank’s talk will provide a slice of history from Dublin’s baking trade.
Balbriggan Library, St George’s Square, 1st October 2019, 6.30pm. Booking required.

Lemon’s Pure Sweets – A History
Dublin City Council’s Historian in Residence Cormac Moore takes a closer look at the history of one of the city’s most famous names in confectionary. Charting the story of Lemon’s Pure Sweets from its foundations in Capel Street in 1842 to the closure of its factory in Drumcondra in 1983, Cormac will explore the history of a culinary landmark.
Drumcondra Library, 15th October 2019, 6.30pm. Booking required.

Foodies may also enjoy programme highlights such as The Flour and Corn Mills of Dublin, Forgotten Heroes of the Irish Famine and The Liffey’s Place in the Development of Dublin, all of which can be found at

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