In addition to Taste of Dublin there are a load of great food festivals happening all around the country. As we come into summer and the weather gets nicer (hopefully) some of the best cooks in Ireland will be taking their food to parks and streets, giving you a chance to check out the great food their producing near you!
Só Sligo Food Festival
Dates: June 10 2015 to June 14 2015
Só Sligo Food Festival will take place in Sligo Town & County. The programme includes a Wild Food Experience, Fermentation Workshops (and a pop up Ferment Bar), Irish craft beer and food tasting events, the Sligo food trail, cookery demos, workshops for adults and children, cook offs, foodie film and more.
Those familiar with the event will know that the Só Sligo Yeats Food trail takes place from Wed 10th to Sunday 14th with participating restaurants offering up tapas sized house specialities for a fiver.
All over town, you’ll discover coffee demos, cookery competitions, workshops and more. There’s loads for the kids to do too! For free family entertainment, demonstrations, tastings, music and film check it out!
Listowel Food Fair
Dates: June 18 2015 – June 21 2015
Listowel Food Fair has come of age. Twenty one years of continued success will be celebrated this year with a bigger and better festival and a new date.
This year’s Food Fair is being moved to June . As any farmer will tell you, June is the best month for growth. To celebrate the 21st we will host the inaugural All Ireland Craft Beer Championships and a whole range of foody fun. The shift to the summer will mean lots of open air activities including barbeques, food foraging in the local park known by the natives as The Cow’s Lawn and a food trail through the old heritage town of Listowel, on the hub of The Wild Atlantic Way. There are workshops and cooking demos, big stars from the world of cooking and a superb Farmer’s Market in the Town Square!
Bia Lover – Festival of Food
Dates: June 19 2015 – June 21 2015
Bia Lover is a family friendly festival that celebrates all that is great about Irish food. From chocolate to cheese, beer to bread and sea-food to salad there is sure to be something to tickle your taste-buds. Cookery demonstrations featuring local produce and cook-off competitions will add to the experience, while musicians, artists and entertainers will ensure that there is something for everyone at Bia Lover 2015. There will also be walks, talks, trails, competitions and more, in various locations.
Bia Lover is certainly worth checking out and the region surrounding Athenry is definitely worth exploring. Situated just 20km east of Galway City make sure you check it out!
Féile an Phráta – An Spud-off Mór
Date: June 27 2015 – June 28 2015
A unique celebration of the potato and its important role in the lives and diet of the rural community, An Spud-off Mór challenges growers across the Dingle Peninsula to produce the perfect spud. On Sunday, 28 June, An Spud-off Mór will mark the completion of Féile an Phráta with the Grand Final (An Craobh Mór) where up to 10 potato growers from across the Dingle Peninsula will compete for the title of Champion Grower or ‘Laoch an Phráta’. The competition is judged by impartial and knowledgeable individuals on the basis of a blind tasting of the ‘spud’ as cooked and presented by the grower and the competing growers will have qualified for An Craobh Mór through a series of Parish finals over the previous week. Féile an Phráta is also an opportunity for visitors to experience the best in local music, song and dance in an area famous for the richness of its culture.