Taste of Dublin 2016; Our Winning Stand!

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Would you look at us! We made it, we actually won the Bank of Ireland competition for a Free stand at the Taste of Dublin 2016 Festival. We received over 3000 public votes after being shortlisted to 5 small food businesses and came out on top. Just; organisers said it was so close between all entries!

The Bank of Ireland team and their designers did a fab job on our stand. The concept we wanted to achieve was a Craft Soda Bar so with a raised counter, double fridge and stools we were able to invite festivals goers to prop up our bar and have a refreshing Black Castle craft soft drink!

Over the 4 day festival we sold more than 1,500 bottles and were thrilled with the response we got from the public. As a new company we cannot explain how great it was for brand awareness, helping get the word out there about our new grown up soft drinks. 

We were mentioned by the craft beer blog Simon Say's Beer, where our crafts sodas stood along side some great brews! http://simonsaysbeer.com/2016/06/19/taste-of-dublin/ 

We were mentioned by the craft beer blog Simon Say's Beer, where our crafts sodas stood along side some great brews! http://simonsaysbeer.com/2016/06/19/taste-of-dublin/ 

We were also ask to supply the Citroen DS Hospitality event during Taste of Dublin as they wanted a sophisticated non-alcoholic option for their guests. One lovely tweeted the following...

 What a brilliant festival, thanks to Bank of Ireland, Taste of Dublin and everyone who voted for us and helped get us there! 

Below is a short video featuring ourselves and last year's winners The Little Milk Company, giving you a taste  of our experience! (pun intended!)

Black Castle Drinks wins a stand at Taste of Dublin 2016!

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Woooooo hoooo! We won! 

Thanks to you, the public, we managed to come first in the Bank of Ireland competition to win a stand at this year's Taste of Dublin! There were over 3,000 votes in what was a very close competition according to the organisers. 

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The festival runs over 4 days from 16th - 19th June in the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. We cannot wait to serve up refreshing craft sodas to the expected 34,000 attendees from our very own 'Black Castle Soda Bar'.

Massive THANK YOU again to all those who voted for us, it really does give us a huge boost to know we have so much support out there! 

Hope to see you at the festival!

We need your votes to WIN a stand a this year's Taste of Dublin!

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We  cannot believe we've made it to the last five businesses vying for the public vote in order to win a stand at Taste of Dublin 2016! What an amazing opportunity, not to mention FUN, it would be to be at this year's festival. 

We'd love you forever if you gave us your vote on the Bank of Ireland website here >>>  http://businessbanking.bankofireland.com/taste-of-dublin/vote/

Or you can click on the button below!

 

Here's a little video too

Thanks a million!

Black Castle Drinks @ Enterprise Town Wicklow

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This April Fools Day we took part in a great initiative by Bank of Ireland called Enterprise Town, bringing local businesses and local people together. Held in a the new school Colaiste Chill Mhantan, there were over 70 businesses showing off their products and services. Gavin Duffy of Dragon's Den gave an inspiring and, it has to be said, entertaining talk on seeking out investment on his show as well as motivation and top tips on how to make it as a business. He was a true gent and made sure to give each business owner his time. 

We also took part in a short panel discussion along with Leigh Williams of Wicklow Brewery as well as Louise Fleming from the Local Enterprise Office in Wicklow. 

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