If you like to travel, Ireland has a lot to offer. It is an ancient country with many historic sites that are interesting and exciting to see. The country also boasts some of the finest land for growing food–it’s not called the Emerald Island for nothing–and being surrounded by water prides itself on a superb selection of seafood. A lot of people who visit Ireland take pleasure in attending festivals and events throughout the country. Many of these festivals revolve around food. Following are a few Irish food festivals you may enjoy visiting.
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Attend the Taste of Dublin
The Taste of Dublin is an annual event that takes place at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens in the early summer. The Taste of Dublin is Ireland’s premiere summer food festival and attracts up to 30,000 visitors each year. A score of Dublin’s restaurants take part in this gastronomic feast. There are live acts entertaining on a variety of stages, and more than 100 vendors. You can actually take part in the cooking, as some of the sites offer interactive cooking classes. There will be some of the most famous chefs in Ireland on hand as well as internationally known chefs answering cooking questions in an intimate setting.
Enjoy a Trip to a Coastal Town for Gourmet Greystones
This festival takes place at a variety of venues in the coastal town of Greystones. It is a gala celebration that takes place in cafés, restaurants, and gourmet food outlets. You can enjoy eating at cafés on the street or spend time attending workshops, cooking demonstrations, or any number of other food-related events. You will be able to feast on the gourmet offerings of numerous local and regional chefs as they prepare local, seasonal creations.
The Irish Craft Beer Festival Is the Place to Be
This Irish festival takes place over five days surrounding St. Patrick’s Day. You can enjoy the best of Irish cuisine as you listen to music and dine on the offerings of various food vendors. The festival takes place at St. George’s Dock at the International Financial Services Centre, in Dublin. Of course, you can wash down the delicious meal with some of Ireland’s finest beer.
The Waterford Harvest Festival for Fall Fun
For nine days in September, in the Kilkenny section of the Republic of Ireland, you can enjoy fine food and loads of fun at the Waterford Harvest Festival. As you might expect, the event revolves around food. You can see food-related movies, enjoy cooking demonstrations, and go on food tours. You will be able to taste a variety of succulent foods and follow a restaurant trail. Entertainment will be ongoing throughout the festival and you will be treated to a variety of musical performances, including street musicians.
Go to the Limerick Riverfest for BBQ
The Great Limerick Riverfest is a treat for barbeque lovers. Nearly 100 teams will compete to see who can offer visitors the best combination of flavor, texture, and presentation of barbeque. The festival is a showcase for Limerick City. It highlights the arts, culture, music, and sports of the area as well as the food. Riverfest takes place at venues throughout the city. In addition to the BBQ competition, there is also a Continental Food Market, fireworks, open air concerts, and a plethora of other events designed to stimulate your appetite and help you enjoy the experience.
See the Beautiful Dingle Food and Wine Festival
For three days in October, the Dingle Food and Wine Festival will take place in Dingle, in the Republic of Ireland. It gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the very best the Dingle Peninsula has to offer in respect to food and fun. One of the things you should consider taking part in is the Taste Trail, which has more than 55 vendors. The Dingle Food and Wine Festival is also home to the National Irish Food awards.
The Taste of Carlingford Is Fun
Near the end of May the historic Medieval Village of Carlingford, the Republic of Ireland, is engulfed in visitors and locals alike. The area is literally covered with food vendors in tents and stalls. In addition, the local restaurants, bars, and cafés offer a large assortment of food and drink. There will be music and other entertainment, as well.
Enjoy the Wexford Strawberry Festival
This festival takes place early in the summer and has been going on for more than 4 decades. It features street music, an outdoor marketplace, and a craft fair. The Wexford Strawberry Festival also offers an assortment of events to keep you busy, including amusements for the kids–and, of course, the Strawberry Queen. Strawberries are available everywhere, as you might expect.