Best local Food Festivals In Ireland 2019

Best local Food Festivals In Ireland 2019

Ireland is the home of great food and we take for granted that much of our food is locally grown. We love our fresh food, be it fish, meat, drinks or cheese and dairy products. The Festivals listed below are my favourite annual food events using fresh locally produced ingredients. Each has its own focus so decide which Festival you would most enjoy. The Food Festival season starts in May and runs until November with a lot of Festivals taking place during harvest season in the Autumn. Failte Ireland has launched an initiative called Taste The Island – further details on this will follow in the next Food Blog.

 

Producers Market at a Food Festival

Cheese makers in Cork

There are festivals on all throughout the year, but here are my favourite foodie festivals in Ireland.

Month

Festival

Details

May – Clare

Burren Slow Food Festival 10th-12th May

A weekend of food foraging, trails, demonstrations, talks and eating the food of the Burren area in West Clare.  SlowFoodClare.com

May – Cork

Old Butter Roads Food  Festival.  24th May to June 1st

The Old Butter Roads Food Festival takes place in North Cork celebrating the foods from the breadbasket of Cork with a festival weekend in a different place each year, food trails, talks and demonstrations. Events throughout the year. Food Heritage, tours and talks. Family Friendly OldButterRoads.ie

June – Wexford

Wexford Strawberry Festival

The June bank holiday weekend is always Strawberry Festival time in Wexford town in the heart of Ireland’s soft fruit growing area with a Strawberry Queen, All Ireland Farmer’s Market competition, cookery demonstrations and lots of strawberries.

June – Dublin

Taste of Dublin 13th-16th June

This large festival in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens has a market, signature dishes from chefs, masterclasses, wine and beer tasting and lots of entertainment. Family Friendly.  Entry to the venue is by ticket. Details on TasteofDublin.ie.

July – Dublin

Guinness X Meatopia 5-7th July

At Dublin’s Guinness, Open Gate Brewery is a festival for carnivores and beer drinkers! Master brewers and chefs create signature dishes and lots of beer Is available. Tickets and details from guinnessopengate.com

August – Donegal

A Taste of Donegal 23-25th August

The Donegal Festival celebrates the best of foods from the area with food, wine, beer tasting and music in Donegal Town. For details atasteofdonegal.com

September – Cork

Feast Cork 1st-8th September

This week-long festival of food, drinks, markets and tastings takes place in East Cork. Some events are free and for ticketed events see Feastcork.ie

September – Cork

A Taste of West Cork 6th-15th September

This 10 day festival in towns, villages and islands celebrates the artisan food producers of West Cork with visits to producers, chef demonstrations and talks, food trails and much more. Atasteofwestcork.com

September – Galway

Clarinbridge Oyster Festival 9th-15th September

In Galway the village of Clarinbridge south of the city is celebrating its 65th Oyster Festival with Galway Oysters, gourmet dinners, children’s activities.  Clarinbridge.com

September – Mayo

Ballina Food Fleadh Sept 26th-29th

This Festival celebrates food, angling and music with a market, cookery demonstrations, fishing, tours and fun. For more details look up   Northmayo.ie/food-fleadh-Ballina

September – Galway

Galway Oyster Festival 27th-29th September

The Galway Oyster Festival has food trails, cooking demos, tasting and the world oyster shucking championships. Some ticketed events galwayoysterfestival.com

October- Kerry

Dingel Food Festival 4th-6th October

In West Kerry, the Féile Bia Daingean uí Chúis Food Festival takes places in a small fishing village. The Festival celebrates the best of the Irish Foods with Blas na hEireann food awards, Markets stalls, Workshops and much more. Details dinglefood.com

October- Galway

Food on the Edge 21th- 22nd October

This Galway Festival is based around a Food Symposium with Chefs and Food Producers discussing the future of food and the Food Industry. FoodontheEdge.ie

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