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A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th Decemmmber!

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We are delighted to present a three day festival celebrating two festive and foodie favourites – chocolate and Christmas!

Click here to download the full programme of events now!

Take your family to experience the first ever Panto on the Liffey, add a children’s chocolate truffle making workshop and melt into one of our outdoor movies on Meeting House Square, the ultimate family Christmas outing.

Or maybe take some friends to taste some of the finest chocolate in the world at a chocolate tasting workshop with Co Couture, blend with a talk on the fascinating history of chocolate and top with a chocolate cooking demonstration by Chef Stuart O’Keeffe. Mix and match events to find your own perfect recipe!

Meeting House Square will also be transformed into the ultimate selection box for our Chocolate Fair, choc a bloc with the finest Irish made artisan chocolates and yummy treats for you and your family to indulge in and enjoy.

Events are available to book from 9am Monday 15th November 2010.

Booking and ticketing varies for each event.

Tickets and Booking

Please contact us at TBCT on 01 677 2255 / info@templebar.ie to book.

Booking for IFI films

Tickets for films in the IFI can be purchased from the IFI Box Office or online at www.ifi.ie from 1st November: IFI, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Ph: 01 679 3477

Happy Chocolate Christmas from all of us here at TBCT!

For more information email us at info@templebar.ie

A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar – December 3rd – 5th



For a magical Christmas treat with a deliciously gooey chocolate crammed centre, visit Temple Bar Cultural Trust’s annual Chocolate Festival, ‘A Chocolate Christmas In Temple Bar’ Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December.

With a choc-a-bloc programme, chocolate lovers will be spoiled for choice with the opportunity not only to experience the tastes and smells of chocolate, but enjoy and learn more about chocolate through film, workshops, on street performance, talks and more, some with a Christmas theme.

Highlights of this three day Chocolate extravaganza include festive movies under the stars with hot chocolate in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square, with outdoor screenings of ‘The Polar Express’ and ‘Its A Wonderful Life’ on Friday December 3rd and Saturday December 4th. On Sunday 5th December, bring the whole family to Meeting House Square for ‘Chocolate Sundae’, featuring ten of Ireland’s top chocolate artisan producers, this is the perfect opportunity to pick up yummy Christmas gifts and enjoy some scrumptious chocolate treats and live entertainment.

A host of chocolate themed talks and workshops for adults and kids will take place throughout the festival, allowing participants to fully indulge their passion for chocolate. Christmas won’t be Christmas without a Panto and carol singing, ‘Oh No It Wouldn’t’, Panto lovers can enjoy a live Panto onboard the Liffey Cruise, while Meeting House Square will echo with ‘Silent Night’ with a special Christmas Carol session on Meeting House Square.

Organised by Temple Bar Cultural Trust this three day celebration welcomes all things chocolatey to Dublin’s Culture Quarter and will appeal to young and old with a love and appreciation of chocolate. Most events are free but some involve a small charge.

A full programme of events will be available on www.templebar.ie from November 1st.  Ticket collections and booking lines will be avialable from Monday November 15th.

What’s on When in 2010 – we’ve launched our Events Diary!

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We officially announced details today of our Cultural Events Programme for 2010, a diary packed with cultural treats and exciting events.  The programme offers great value fun, discovery and entertainment with the aim of bringing culture closer to everyone young and old, families and friends.

From the return of favourites such as In Handel’s Day, a joyous celebration of music, history and all things Handel to all things deliciously chocolatey in December at A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar; to staying up late for a free night of entertainment, culture and adventure as the city’s museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, cultural centres and artist’s studios open their doors for Culture Night.

New additions on the programme include The Summer Sensational, a unique and unmissable programme of exciting events promising summer magic and sensory overload, as well as a dedicated audience programme including Get Active, a cultural initiative for the active retired or Temple Bar’s Culture Club for Kids to ensure the fun won’t stop. 

As well as fun filled events, Temple Bar is also home to three outdoor markets which offer everything from hand designed clothes and visual art; mouth watering artisan food to vinyl’s and books.  Every Saturday and Sunday the Temple Bar Book Market, the only book market in Dublin located on the busiest junction of Temple Bar at Temple Bar Square hailed as a haven for book worms and music lovers alike, offers a selection of old and new titles, novels and antique vinyls. A favourite among foodies, the Temple Bar Food Market offers locally produced fresh fruit and vegetables and delicious artisan foods each Saturday in Meeting House Square.

Designer Mart at Cows Lane comes to life every Saturday with a unique outdoor market and offers Dublin’s fashionistas a place to pick up hand-made craft and design including jewellery, fashion, furniture and accessories produced by some of Ireland’s hottest designers. Cow’s Lane is located in the Old City area of Temple Bar, the oldest part of Dublin, itself a unique shopping destination with restaurants, a book store, a designer market and much more; take a stroll and immerse yourself in Dublin’s unique architectural past.

Download the full brochure or sign up to our e-zine for more updates!

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TBCT’s year of non-stop culture

Our Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) events programme has finished for 2009 and what a success it was. The number of visitors who came out and joined us at our TBCT events doubled in 2009 from15,000 visitors in 2008 to 30,000 in 2009 and this is excluding Culture Night which attracted 152,000!

This April saw a whole range of events throughout Temple Bar and across the city to celebrate Handel and his Dublin connections, paying particular attention to the 250th anniversary of his death. We are sure the jam-packed streets, concert halls, churches and ships would have made GF Handel very proud!

Midsummer in Temple Bar was a bit of a wet day in Dublin (no surprises there!) but, thanks to the magical festivities on Meeting House Square, spirits were not dampened. The longest day of the year was celebrated with fire, feasting and film on Meeting House Square that appeared like never before as it was covered in grass for one day only!

There were plenty of belly laughs and fun at the Temple Bar Circus Festival this July when the streets and spaces of Temple Bar echoed with peals of laughter and gasps of amazement while visitors experienced the biggest Circus Festival in Temple Bar to date.

In September, thousands of Irish people and visitors to the country came out to experience Culture Night and they were not disappointed with more than 120 venues opening their doors with free events for the public in Dublin and 10 other towns, cities and counties across the country getting involved for the largest late night cultural event this year.

Choc-a-block is the only word to describe our weekend-long Temple Bar Chocolate Festival that took place throughout Temple Bar in October. All events were fully booked and thoroughly enjoyed by people wanting to get stuck into all things chocolatey!

On behalf of all the team at TBCT, we would like to thank you all for your support in 2009 and for choosing a TBCT cultural event this year. We look forward to seeing you all next year for another year of cultural discovery.  A full programme of events will be announced in January so be sure to keep in touch with us.  In the meantime, if you have any suggestions or if you’d like to share some ideas with us, please do at feedback@templebar.ie.

Snap happy! Winner announced for this years Temple Bar Chocolate Festival photo competition

Congratulations to LocaDes79 who was the winner of this years Temple Bar Chocolate Festival photo competition.  This is the winning photo and we just loved the imagination and creativity used when taking this shot.

Temple Bar Chocolate Festival Photo Competition

LocaDes79 has won a Dinner for 4 which was very generously sponsored by Gallaghers Boxty House here in Temple Bar who were our restaurant partners during the festival. 

We received lots of entries this year so thank you to everyone who took the time to capture their Chocolate Festival experience and upload them on our Flickr site.

Temple Bar Chocolate Festival Children’s Colouring Competition – winner announced!

The Children’s Colouring Competition, sponsored by Divine Chocolates, as part of the Temple Bar Chocolate Festival is now closed.  367 entries were received from children aged between 2 – 12 yrs old.

We are very pleased to announce the winner of this competition: Julie Malinowska, Age 10, from Sandyford in Dublin. 

Winning entry

5 runner-up prizes are awarded to: Evan McHugh, Age 6 ; Kate Kennedy, Age 9 ; Martyna Matys, Age 7 ; Nicholas Dolan, Age 5 ; Sheena Fallon, Age 8

Choc-a-block at the Temple Bar Chocolate Festival!

Choc-a-block is the only word to describe our weekend-long Temple Bar Chocolate Festival that took place in indoor and outdoor locations throughout Temple Bar’s Cultural Quarter. Chocolate-making workshops, workshops for children, health talks, informative talks and cooking demonstrations were fully booked-up and enjoyed by people wanting to get stuck into all things chocolatey!

As if by magic the rain stopped just before the screening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1971) outdoors in Meeting House Square which received a round of applause by the audience – young and old!  Highlights of the festival include MaSamba Samba School’s ‘The Chocolate Caravan’ with up to 60 green-haired Oompa Loompas patrolling the streets of Temple Bar giving out chocolate treats along the way.  Designer Mart’s chocolate-inspired fashion show took to the streets of the Old City, while Willie Harcourt-Cooze delivered an inspirational talk ‘From Bean to Bar’ describing how he started a cacao farm in Venezuela bringing the raw materials back to Devon where he started his own Chocolate Factory.   

The Temple Bar Chocolate Festival ended on Chocolate Sundae – where Meeting House Square was filled with a combination of Chocolate artisan producers from around Ireland along with chocolate produce including chocolate bretzels, pancakes, hot chocolate, good coffee along with a decadent Chocolate Fondue Fountain as centre-piece.  Chocolate tunes, balloons and entertainment allowed everyone to fully enjoy and experience chocolate through all the senses!

Click here to see more pictures of the festival!

Temple Bar Chocolate Festival 09 – Photo Competition

Don’t forget to bring your camera to the Temple Bar Chocolate Festival starting this Friday October 30th and running until Sunday and capture your chocolate experience during the three day festival to be in with a chance to win dinner for 4 at Gallagher’s Boxty House, Temple Bar, a traditional Irish Restaurant that celebrates the finest traditions of Irish Cuisine.   

Click here to download the Temple Bar Chocolate Festival programme


1. Join the Temple Bar Chocolate Festival Photo Competition group

2. Upload photos to your account.
3. Go to the page of the photo(s) you want to submit to the competition.
4. Click the “Send to Group” button between the photo title and the photo.
5. Choose the “Temple Bar Chocolate Festival Photo Competition” group and you’re done!


Terms and conditions
Flickr’s normal Terms and Conditions and rules apply
Entry is free and open to over 18’s only
Photographs must be relevant the Temple Bar Chocolate Festival otherwise they are deemed ineligible
By entering you are granting permission to Temple Bar Cultural Trust to reproduce entries for promotional purposes
All entries must be the property of the entrant
Entrants must agree to be bound by the rules
The judges decision is final

Can’t wait until Halloween for those treats? Temple Bar Chocolate Festival starts this Friday!

TEMPLE BAR CULTURAL TRUST is excited to unwrap three fun and chocolate-filled days of events for the Temple Bar Chocolate Festival starting this Friday October 30th and running until Sunday.

A full programme of events is available online at Templebar.ie for you to choose a chocolate event that tickles your taste-buds!  This weekend is chocca block with chocolate tastings, workshops, cooking demonstrations, chocolate-themed film, poetry readings and visual arts – a world of chocolate will be celebrated over this three-day festival so be quick and book before another chocoholic gets there first!

The Temple Bar Chocolate Festival have a range of free and paid in events and many require advance booking.  Tickets have been going fast over the last couple of weeks but booking lines are still open so do give us a call on our Culture Line: 01 888 3610 or from our Box Office which is located at the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Click here to download the full programme of events today!

Win a Willie great chocolate prize to celebrate this year’s Temple Bar Chocolate Festival!

As part of our Temple Bar Chocolate Festival running from October 30th – November 1st Temple Bar Cultural Trust are offering you and a friend a chance to win two tickets to our talk by Willie Harcourt Cooze.  Valued at €15 each this hour long talk will take place at The Button Factory in Temple Bar on Saturday October 31st.

Willie Harcourt-Cooze

Willie Harcourt-Cooze, the star of the Channel 4 series ‘Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory’, grew up on a windswept island off the west coast of Ireland where he spent many childhood days  making cheese, smoking fish and pickling fruit inspired his enduring passion for food and adventure.

Willie Harcourt-Cooze

He has devoted the last eleven years of his life to producing Venezuelan Black, his 100% cacao bar which is harvested from El Tesoro, his family’s hacienda in the beautiful Venezuelan cloud forest. Willie lives in Devon, where his chocolate factory is based, with his wife Tania and their three children.

Willie Harcourt-Cooze

All you have to do to be in with a chance to win this prize is tell us about your favourite chocolate experience, it might be a particular bar of chocolate, a cake, a chocolate feast or even a recipe.

We look forward to hearing all your chocolatey experiences.

THIS COMPETITION IS CLOSED – Congratulations to Ricky who won a pair of tickets for the Willie Harcourt-Cooze Talk on Saturday 31st October at 2.30pm!