Talent for style Blooms at garden show

A 29-YEAR-OLD office manager from Lucan, Co Dublin, mixed high street fashion with tasteful accessories to win the best dressed lady award at a sun drenched Bloom ’09, the country’s premier gardening showpiece.

Pryia Gill sashayed away with a prize that includes a weekend break for two in Paris, complete with a spa experience, sponsored by leading skincare brand Yon-Ka.

Her burnt-orange dress from H&M and stylish accessories impressed the judges, TV3 presenter Sinéad Desmond and Miss Universe Ireland Lynn Kelly.

“I’m completely over the moon. My mother made me enter but I’m delighted now that I did. I can’t believe I won.

“And it’s also my mother’s birthday. This will make her day,” said Pryia, who works with a property management company in Dublin city centre.

Laoise O Murchu, Kilcullen, and Mary Gleeson, Christiantown, both in Co Kildare, were runners-up in the competition.

Fine weather plus a feast of flowers, food and family fun attracted thousands of people to the five-day festival, which ends this evening.

There were also live cookery demos by celebrity chefs Neven Maguire and Derry Clarke and expert gardening tips from Gerry Daly and Dermot O’Neill.

Craft displays, children’s activities including scarecrow building and puppet making, and entertainment added to the appeal of the event, held on a 70-acre Office of Public Works site in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

This year’s food market at Bloom was the biggest yet, with 44 producers showcasing some of the finest products in Irish artisan food and drink.

With an estimated combined turnover of e25 million this year, the participating companies represent a valuable cornerstone of the Irish food and drink industry.

Bord Bia said these companies, which employ almost 400 people, also have an important role to play in their local areas in tough economic times.

Marketing Services director, Una Fitzgibbon, said Bord Bia was working with more than 350 small food businesses to deliver meaningful and relevant assistance for market growth in Ireland and overseas.

“Consumers are looking for distinctive food that is locally produced and value for money, and that is what we are showcasing at the Bloom Food Market this year,” she said.

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