The Dingle Food Festival takes place on the first weekend in October every year in the picturesque seaside fishing town of Dingle in Co. Kerry, a Wild Atlantic Way gem in the south. This yeaar’s festival kicks off on September 29th and will run throughout the weekend, making it the perfect time to plan a road trip to Dingle!
Dingle natives refer to it as ‘The Best Weekend of the Year’ and although the town is a food-lovers dream at any time of the year, it comes alive with locals and tourists alike for the festival. Those living abroad or across the country will often make the journey home for the Dingle Food Festival and tourists come from far and wide across the globe that weekend just for the festival.
Highlights of the festival include cookery demonstrations with local chefs and those from around the country such as Takashi Miyazaki, Louise Brosnan of Idás, Kate Lawlor and Mark Murphy of Dingle Cookery School.
There will also be over 50 market stalls selling local artisan goodies, workshops, street entertainment, events for children, wine tastings, whiskey tastings and so much more.
The main attraction of the festival every year is ‘The Taste Trail’ which allows festival goers to purchase a book of taste trail tickets and visit over 70 venues around Dingle, all of which will be offering tastings of the best local food and drink the Peninsula has to offer.
This year, Dingle favourites such as seafood mecca Out of the Blue, Michelin Bib Gourmand holder The Charthouse, popular coffee spot Bean in Dingle and Kevin Murphy’s stunning Idás restaurant will all participate in the Taste Trail.
If you’re planning to make the trip, don’t miss the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards, which will see passionate food producers awarded honours for their artisan products, based on extensive blind tastings.
Drinks lovers won’t want to miss whiskey, wine & gin tastings at Random Restaurant Pop Up Drinks Academy and the craft beer & cider trail.
For more information visit www.dinglefood.com.