There are numerous food festivals going on around the UK every year, but for some reason we hear very little about the ones that take place across the Irish sea. Forget potatoes, modern cuisine in Ireland is both flavoursome and hearty and the following festivals, with their continuing success, are testament to this.
The Annual Burren Slow Food international Festival takes place for the 6th time from the 17th-19th May. Gourmet chefs from local restaurants will be holding demonstrations using only locally sourced ingredients. There will also be a farmers market offering you the chance to try some great local produce along with a seaweed forage and the chance to sample some traditional ales from the Burren brewery.
One of the biggest festivals that takes place in Ireland is the Wexford Food and Wine Festival. This is held at 3 separate locations in the town of Wexford and runs from the 24th-26th May. Celebrity chefs will be making an appearance alongside the renowned Circle of Chefs that work within Wexford and the best food and wine from the area is on offer to all.
Love Gourmet Week is a firm favourite in the diary of Irish foodies, as it offers not only the chance to experience new taste experiences but also the opportunity to try fine dining at greatly reduced prices. Restaurants in the Shannon and Limerick region take part in this annual event which this year takes place from the 1st-9th June. The ethos is a celebration of local and organic produce and to highlight how great Irish food can be.
The Kenmare Food Carnival is exactly as the name suggests; a celebration of food with a carnival atmosphere. Taking place from the 12th-14th July, you will find heady mix of food and fun here with cookery demonstrations, taste trails, kids’ workshops, pop up restaurants, a full carnival parade and an array of retro fairground attractions such as carousels and a helter skelter.