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Ireland’s food festivals are the place to be (and to eat!) this summer.

Ireland has blossomed over the last couple of years in terms of our knowledge and expertise in food manufacturing.

Artisan producers and local specialities are available the length and breadth of the country, which has naturally lead to a celebration of food.

Food Festivals are becoming more widespread and varied than ever before, with more focus on local and regional produce it’s easy to find one near you. Not one to shy away from delicious samples and tastings, we have put together some of the best food festivals happening around the country this summer:

June:

  • Whiskey in Summer: Set in Smock Alley Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in the world there will be a vast array of whiskeys on offer as well as some tasty food offerings.
  • Taylor Made Ireland will have whiskeys from around Ireland and Scotland so there will be plenty to choose from and time to select a favourite!
  • Bloom June 1st-5th: Bloom has developed from what was once a showcase of garden design into one of the most popular food festivals in Ireland. A wide range of locally produced food and drink are available at the dedicated Food Village, where one can taste the best in season fruit and vegetables, and meet some of Ireland’s best known chefs.
  • The Irish G&T Fest June 25th-July 1st: Gin is definitely a popular choice in Ireland right now with a number of artisan Irish brands leading the way in gin production around the world. This week long festival will celebrate craft gins at their finest giving you the chance to taste unique cocktails and sample some of the best flavours of gin that Ireland has to offer.

July/August:

  • Carlingford Oyster Festival 2017 Aug 11 2017 – Aug 14 2017: What better way to spend an August weekend than in beautiful Carlingford, Co Louth  home to the Carlingford Oyster Festival? This festival has been described as a ‘Foodie’s Dream’ and is sure to impress with something for all the family including a fun fair, bouncy castles and a Teddy Bear’s Picnic! With live music in the local pubs there is lots to see and do on this August weekend.
  • Taste of Donegal 25th – 27th August 2017 Food lovers will flock to Donegal for this three day celebrations of over one hundred food and drink exhibitors, hotels and restaurants. This festival is a showcase of artisan produce, tastings and high profile cookery demonstrations. More Info: http://www.atasteofdonegal.com/

September:

  • The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival 5th – 9th Sept 2017:  Located in the beautiful Georgian village of Hillsborough in County Down, a number of events are in the itinerary of the Oyster Festival. Amongst these are the World Oyster Eating Championship, thePearl and Oyster Ball and the appetising Hillsborough Gourmet Pop-Up Restaurant with some of Northern Ireland’s top chefs. A real treat for food lovers!
  • A Taste of West Cork 8th-17th September 2017: With food markets, demonstrations, competitions, dinners, brunches, foodtastings, and children’s events are just a sample of the events taking place all over the county of Cork during the nine days. Definitely a festival with something for everyone!