Summer is the peak events season and without having to worry about the rain and snow, you can spend the weekends crisscrossing the country to make the most out of the many food festivals on offer. We have just returned from foodie nirvana at Ireland’s top food festival ‘Taste of Dublin’
Taste of Dublin, 15 – 18 June 2017
Taste of Dublin recently transformed the Iveagh Gardens into a mouth watering foodie destination for four days. During this, the city’s hottest and greatest restaurants came together and prepared exquisite signature dishes that went down a treat!
This years theme focused on combining the different flavours of the world. Leading chefs from around the world prepared jaw dropping menus that we could sample as we wandered around the peaceful Iveagh Gardens and relaxed as we enjoyed the world class live entertainment.
A host of master classes and interactive demos, wine and beer tasting and culinary focused talks kept us occupied over the four day fest. If you were not so lucky to attend the Taste of Dublin festival, check out these other world renowned food festivals from across the country.
Kinsale Gourmet Festival, 14 Oct 2017-14 Oct, 2017
Now in its 41st year, Kinsale Gourmet Festival is one of the oldest food festivals in Ireland. It’s hosted by Kinsale’s Good Food Circle restaurants which consist of 11 member restaurants. These restaurants come together to offer diverse cuisines with a guarantee of exceptional service, quality, ambience, comfort and, of course, fine dining.
Visitors can expect to enjoy different events over the festive weekend such as cookery demonstrations by award winning chefs, an eight course Taste of West Cork menu, produced by the chefs of the Good Food circle. The Fruits de Mer Seafood Spectacular showcases the best shellfish mixed together in a pot with a secret ingredient and the much-anticipated Mad Hatters Taste of Kinsale.
During the festival, you can head out on some of the beautiful walks to the headland or through the quaint and historic streets, browse the many galleries and souvenir shops or dine in one of its many great cafes or restaurants.
Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival
Galway International Oyster and Seafood festival is an annual event held on the last weekend of September in Galway City. It is the longest running Oyster Festival in the world and the most internationally recognised Irish event.
This year, the event takes place from 22nd to 24th September 2017 at the Spanish Arch Marquee.
Kicking off the three-day festival is the National Oyster opening Championship followed by the World Oyster Opening Championship the next day. The final day is a family day where children and adults host activities in the festival marquee.
There is a host of interesting food talks, tasting events, eating competitions, food provenance tours, cooking demonstrations, live music and a best dressed lady competition along with many other family activities.
Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival
Every July, the charming fishing village of Wexford celebrates summer with a food festival that is filled with fishing and lots of fun activities for the whole family. This food festival is run by volunteers and the proceeds go to various developments in the community.
In 2017, the annual Kilmore Quay Seafood takes place from 6th July to 9th July in Kilmore Quay.
Naturally, seafood is the star of Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival, where you will get lots of opportunities to sample different seafood dishes made from the best locally sourced fish. Other features of this festival include art and photography exhibitions, cooking demonstrations, market stalls, live music, along with boat and kayaking races.
Kids are also taken care of with plenty entertainment to keep them busy. The grand parade that marks the official opening is definitely not to be missed.
The Big Grill Festival
Rock your taste buds between the 17-20 august 2017 with The Big Grill Festival which will take place at the Herbert Park in Ballsbridge.
The food is made by the finest chefs from different parts of the country including Box Burger, Fowl Play and Bastible who aim to give visitors the ultimate taste of Ireland.
In addition to the food, there are also workshops and talks led by famous restaurateurs including Irish MasterChef presenter, Robin.
Among the many activities at the festival are chili, hot wing and burger eating challenges, live music, barbecue, screening of documentaries and DJs sound tracking the feast.
If you’re a foodie, then you will want to attend these food festivals with your loved ones. Mark the dates to ensure you get to taste the full diversity of Irish cuisine.
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