There are so many great food festivals and events happening in Ireland now, we wish we could attend them all! If you’re like us and your main love in live is food, you’ll appreciate this round up of Ireland’s food festivals in 2019.
Now you can keep track of all your favorite festival and be able to save the date so you wont miss out.
Keeping you busy every month of the year, you won’t be resting on your laurels for very long. So get your calendar out and take note of all your favourite festivals because we’re sure you won’t want to miss these.
Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair
The Idea: Featuring a variety of local and international craft beverages, you can join fellow enthusiasts at this, which is now in its fifth year.
When: March 14th-16th
Where: The Convention Centre, Dublin
Dublin Bay Prawn Festival
The Idea: A whole host of seafood dishes await visitors to the annual Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, taking place in the beautiful seaside suburb of Howth.
Where: Howth, Dublin
Gin Experience Dublin
The Idea: To give Ireland’s gin fans, whether they be the complete novice or those working in the industry, a chance to meet the producers behind their favourite gins and to find new favourites too.
When: April 12th-13th
Where: Dublin Castle
West Waterford Festival of Food
The Idea: The West Waterford Festival of Food has been a popular event on the food calendar since 2008 and showcases fresh flavours and produce from the region.
When: April 26th-28th
Where: Dungarvan and other locations across West Waterford
The Idea: Cork Vegfest is back by popular demand this year. The food showcase is a celebration of vegan food, vegan businesses and vegan culture. So pop to Cork and try some great food, you don’t need to be a vegan to enjoy.
When: April 27th
Connemara Mussel Festival
The Idea: This festival celebrates the community, food and culture of the west of Ireland, with cooking demonstrations, activities and delicious Killary Mussels served throughout the weekend.
When: May 3rd-5th
Where: Tullycross, Renvyle, Co. Galway
Burren Slow Food Festival
The Idea: Offering food demonstrations, tastings and talks with top chefs, the Burren Slow Food Festival is a family friendly festival bursting with activities, workshops and sampling the produce at the artisan food stalls.
When: May 10th-12th
Where: Co. Clare
Belfast Craft Beer Festival
The Idea: Taste the best Irish craft beers and ciders at Belfast’s massive 3-day festival. Meet cider makers and distillers and attend exciting talks about craft beer.
When: May 31st-June 1st
Where: Custom House Square, Belfast
Limerick International Food Truck Festival
The Idea: An explosion of international cuisine, 2018’s Limerick International Food Truck Festival will be bursting with over 60 food trucks from 14 countries. It’s a wonderful event to sample dishes from around the world.
Where: People’s Park, Limerick City
The Idea: Launched in 2007 by Bord Bia, Bloom is an exciting weekend showcase for garden design, horticulture and quality food, with Ireland’s top chefs and cooks in attendance.
When: May 30th – June 3rd
Where: Phoenix Park, Dublin
Taste of Dublin
The Idea: Experience four days of eating, drinking and entertainment at Taste of Dublin, with unmissable tastings and chef demos.
When: June 13th-16th
Where: The Iveagh Gardens
Westport Food Festival
The Idea: Now in its 8th year, the Westport Food Festival offers visitors a whole host of activities, from food tours, seaweed foraging, pizza-making classes for kids and much more.
When: June 14th – 16th
Where: Westport, Mayo
Body & Soul
The Idea: Body & Soul is a jam-packed weekend full of world-class music, immersive art, relaxing therapies and gastronomic indulgences – what more could you want from a weekend.
When: June 21st – June 23rd
Where: Ballinlough Castle, Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath
The Irish Gin & Tonic Fest
The Idea: The Irish Gin & Tonic Festival celebrates the new and exciting drinks crafted by bars, restaurants and hotels, with a winner being selected by public vote.
Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival
The Idea: If you venture 20 minutes outside of Wexford Town, you’ll come to Kilmore. Home to the Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival, indulge in delicious seafood platters, a food court at the marina and loads of family friendly activities. Proceeds are used to fund developments in the community.
When: Date TBC
Where: Kilmore, Co. Wexford
The Idea: As part of the Beatyard Festival, Eatyard offers over 50 food areas, demos, food competitions and workshops, as well as craft beers, a gin bar and more.
When: August 3rd – 5th
Where: Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Taste of Cavan
The Idea: Entering into its 7th year, Taste of Cavan draws thousands of hungry revellers to its food stalls. Last year saw over 120 artisan food and craft producers in attendance and this year promises to be even bigger and better.
When: Date TBC
Where: Cavan Equestrian Centre, Cavan
The Big Grill Festival
The Idea: Enjoy the best cooking with fire and smoke at the Big Grill Festival, where you can take part in demos and workshops from well-known chefs, as well as enjoying a craft beer or two.
When: August 15th – 18th
Where: Herbert Park, Ballsbridge
A Taste of Donegal Food Festival
The Idea: Celebrating their 10th anniversary, visitors will be treated to exhibitors from all over Ireland and the UK, as well as wine and beer masterclasses and Celebrity Chef demonstrations, not to mention a fantastic fireworks display.
When: August 23rd – 25th
Where: Donegal Town
The Dalkey Lobster Festival
The Idea: The Dalkey Lobster Festival is a wonderful fusion of local seafood and jazz and is the perfect place to spend some time with family and friends, as well as sampling some incredible dishes.
When: August 23rd – August 25th
Where: Dalkey, Dublin
Theatre of Food at Electric Picnic
The Idea: Theatre of Food is where you’ll find all the food lovers at Electric Picnic, enjoying a variety of workshops, demos, debates, and food of course.
When: August 30th – September 1st
Where: Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois
Irish Craft Beer Festival
The Idea: Join your fellow craft beer aficionados and over 40 brewers and cocktail makers (not to mention more than 200 beers) at Ireland’s largest craft beer festival.
When: Date TBC
Where: RDS, Dublin
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival
The Idea: This exciting festival brings together an unmissable mix of food markets, demonstrations, competitions, food-tastings and much more, all from one of Ireland’s best food locations.
When: September 6th – 15th
Where: West Cork
Waterford Harvest Festival
The Idea: A fun family weekend in Ireland’s oldest city, the Waterford Harvest Festival is full of food markets, live music events, cookery demos, workshops and much more.
Where: The Mall, Waterford
The Idea: Prost! Experience endless beer and entertainment at Oktoberfest Dublin – the perfect excuse for day drinking. Be sure to sample some German delicacies, including some barbecued sausages!
When: Date TBC
Where: George’s Dock, Dublin
Food, Retail & Hospitality Expo Ireland 2019
The Idea: A must-attend event for anyone working in the food and drinks industry, the expo brings all these delegates, speakers and exhibitors together for a day of knowledge and innovation.
When: September 5th
Where: Citywest, Dublin
Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival
The Idea: Enterting its 64th year, the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival is one of the largest in the world. The 3-day event will see a host of activities for the whole family, tastings, entertainment and the World Oyster Opening Championships.
When: September 27th – 29th
Where: Galway City
Dingle Food Festival
The Idea: Enjoy cookery demos, workshops, whiskey tastings, food and drink trails and many more events at the Dingle Food Festival, a highlight for locals and tourists alike.
When: October 4th – 6th
Where: Dingle, Co. Kerry
Kinsale Gourmet Festival
The Idea: Hosted by Kinsale’s ten Good Food Circle restaurants, the Kinsale Gourmet Festival features fine wine and dining experiences, including a foodie walking tour, black tie gala and a charity auction in aid of local organisations.
When: October 11th – 13th
Irish Cocktail Festival
The Idea: Bars, restaurants and hotels will offer great tasting cocktails at enviable prices as the search for Ireland’s best cocktail continues.
Food on the Edge
The Idea: Food on the Edge is an exciting and informative 2-day symposium for chefs and food enthusiasts from around the world, who come together to discuss the future of food in the industry.
When: October 21st – 22nd
Where: Galway, Ireland
The Idea: Inescapable fun for the whole family, Savour Kilkenny is a wonderful celebration of food, packed full of great chefs, speakers, demos and delicious culinary dishes.
When: October 24th – 28th
Listowel Food Fair
The Idea: Celebrating its 24th year, the Listowel Food Fair highlights Kerry’s finest food prodcuers. Festival attendees will be treated to a range of cooking demonstrations, tastings, food trails workshops and competitions.
When: November 7th – 12th
Where: Listowel, Kerry
BBC Good Food Show
The Idea: Taking over Belfast’s Waterfront for the past two years, the BBC Good Food Show brings the best chefs, food producers and brands together, with cooking demos, shopping, entertainment and tasting all on the table for visitors.
When: Date TBC
Where: Belfast Waterfront, Belfast
Gifted – The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair
The Idea: As part of this pre-Christmas gift fair, visitors can browse a wonderful selection of over 100 artisan food producers, tasting food from home and abroad.
When: December 4th – 8th
Where: RDS, Dublin
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Growing up with her mother as a chef, Roisin has always had a passion for food. After obtaining a degree in Media and Public Relations she managed to combine her love for food and media. Working with TheTaste allows her to do that and gain a greater insight into the food industry in Ireland.