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Food and Drink Festivals and Events 2015 – 2016

All listings are subject to change depending on whether the event or festival goes ahead or due to other circumstances.

If you’re hosting a food or drink event/festival (big or small!) and would like it featured please drop me an email to unaminh[at]gmail.com

Please consult each link and contact organisers if necessary before making plans! The listings for 2016 are mostly provisional as they haven’t been announced but all will be updated.



4th – 13th            A Taste of West Cork Food Festival [Cork]
4th – 13th            A Taste of West Cork Food Festival [Cork]
11th – 13th         Waterford Harvest Festival [Waterford]
11th – 13th         Flavours of Killorglan [Kerry]
11th – 13th         Dublin Coffee and Tea Festival [Dublin]
11th – 13th         Clarenbridge Oyster Festival [Galway]
12th                       Midleton Food & Drink Festival [Cork]
12th – 13th         Athlone River and Food Festival [Westmeath]
13th                       Enniskerry Victorian Field Day [Wicklow]
18th – 20th         Seafood in September [Clare]
18th – 20th         Tesco Taste Festival [Belfast]
19th                       Taste of Togher [Louth]
19th – 20th         Tully Farm Food Fair [Armagh]
25th – 27th         Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival
25th – 27th           Macroom Food Festival [Cork]
25th – 27th        Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival [Meath]
27th – 28th         Food Fleadh Ballina [Mayo]
29th                       Trails Harvest Picnic [Kilkenny]


2nd – 4th              Dingle Food Festival [Kerry]
2nd – 4th              Taste of Monaghan [Monaghan]
9th – 11th            Kinsale Gourmet Festival [Cork]
17th – 18th         Galway Bake Fest [Galway]
18th                       Annual Mushroom Hunt [Cork]
23rd – 26th         Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food [Kilkenny]
25th                       Burren Food Fayre [Clare]
23rd – 26th         Virginia Pumpkin Festival [Cavan]


1st                          Orchard & Distillery Tour with Harvest Lunch [Cork]
13th                       Longueville House Long Table Game Dinner [Cork]
14th – 15th        Taste of Louth [Louth]
19th – 21st         Belfast Beer & Cider Festival


5th                         Longueville House Long Table Game Dinner [Cork]

2016 [Many Dates to be Confirmed]

Listings for 2016 are mostly provisional as they haven’t been announced but all will be updated.



Dine in Dublin

5th – 7th                AlTech Craft Brews and Food Fair [Dublin]



A Taste of Sligo
Dublin Bay Prawn Festival
Galway Food Festival
Roscommon Lamb Festival

15th – 17th            West Waterford Food Festival
29th April – 2nd May Riverfest Limerick [Limerick]


Kildorrery Food Fair
Foynes Food Festival
World Chip Championships
Wexford Food & Wine Festival

20th – 22nd          Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine [Cork]


Strawberry Fields Forever
Sligo Food and Cultural Festival
Taste of Dublin

2nd – 6th                 Bloom [Dublin]


Féile na Mara/Achill Island Festival of the Sea
Kilmore Quay Food Festival


Doolin Craft Beer & Roots Festival
Taste of Donegal

5th – 6th                 Taste of Cavan [dates not confirmed]

(Lead image via WikimediaCommons)

Ballymaloe Day 20: “As long as it’s not my blood, I’m happy”

Rolling over in my bed this morning after a rather busy dream that saw me in an intense argument with a fish, I was glad to wake up and face a new day!

Strictly speaking I wasn’t actually in Ballymaloe but in the comfort of my home in Kerry, but despite that I still very much kept in theme with local food.

Bright and early, myself, Mam and our neighbour, whizzed off to the Dingle Food Festival dressed up in our glad rags.

With trickles and splashes of rain bursting from the sky, our hearts fell at the prospect of a gloomy day but as the clouds parted the further “back wesht” we went, we saw what can only described as the Kingdom in all its glory.


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Arriving early, we strolled around town and found our way weaving in and out of streets that we didn’t know existed.

There was a buzz in the air as producers set up their stalls and people milled around their products. From spices, sushi, kangaroo skewers and cheese, there was so much on offer for locals and tourists alike.

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At 2pm I headed off to check out a mini-butchery masterclass with my cousin Paudie Moriarty, who’s one of the local butchers in Dingle.

Slicing and shimmying his knife up and down the beef, he took it apart with such ease and it was a joy to watch him at work (I even got the opportunity to chat to a few of the relatives as Gaeilge).


“As long as it’s not my blood, I’m happy!”, he announced.


Feeling inspired, I wandered back through town and found myself at the Dingle Bookshop where I met Kristin Jensen (aka Edible Ireland), and Caroline Hennessy (aka Bibliocook – and who in fact did the Ballymaloe 12 week course back in 2007).

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The pair were in store for a book-signing of their new book “Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider”, and after being offered a double chocolate porter brownie, I knew I had to get myself a copy.

Not just a guide, but rather the perfect reference book, Sláinte combines beer matching, recipes and history for a concise piece of writing that’s executed using layman terms (we have a copy of it in the cookery school!)

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(Can’t beat a cone from Murphy’s)

(From The Wild Irish Foragers and Preservers)

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(Delicious pickled herrings from Silver Darlings – I bought myself a tub)

Sadly, for me this was only a fleeting visit as I’ve to make my way back to Cork tomorrow, but next year I reckon you’ll see me on the town with fellow food lovers, brandishing a bottle of craft beer!

Until tomorrow, go n-éirí go geal leat.

I’ve an ongoing Irish Food and Drink Producers series that’s worth checking out if you’re interested in looking at local produce here in Ireland.