Upcoming Food Festivals in 2023

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There are many reasons why you might want to attend a food festival in Ireland.

Ireland has a rich culinary heritage, and attending a food festival is a great way to sample traditional Irish dishes like soda bread, seafood chowder, and Irish stew. You’ll also have the opportunity to try foods made with locally sourced ingredients.

Many food festivals in Ireland showcase local food and drink producers. Attending one of these festivals can give you the chance to meet the people who grow or produce your food, learn about their methods, and purchase their products. As we all know, Food is an important part of Irish culture, and attending a food festival is a great way to learn about the country’s culinary traditions.

Food festivals are a great place to meet other people who share your passion for food. You can exchange ideas, learn about new ingredients or cooking techniques, and make new friends.

Attending a food festival is a great way to support local businesses and the Irish economy. By purchasing products from local food producers, you’re helping to sustain these businesses and preserve Ireland’s culinary heritage for future generations.

So why not get out and about this May/ June and attend some of the food festivals Ireland has to offer.

  1. Dublin Bay Prawn Festival – This festival takes place from the 17th to the 19th May and celebrates Dublin Bay prawns, also known as langoustines or scampi. Visitors can enjoy prawn tastings, cooking demonstrations, and live music in the town of Howth in County Dublin. Dublin Bay Prawn Festival – Dublin.ie
  2. Burren Slow Food Festival – This event takes place in County Clare on the 21st May 2023, and celebrates local, sustainable food. Visitors can enjoy food tastings, cooking demonstrations, and talks by food experts.  Burren Slow Food Festival 2023 event in Co. Clare near Galway (galwaytourism.ie)
  3. Bloom in the Park – This annual event takes place in Dublin from the 1st to the 5th of June 2023, and is a celebration of gardening, food, and outdoor living. Visitors can sample food from local producers, attend cooking demonstrations, and enjoy live music and entertainment. Bord Bia Bloom – Ireland’s Largest Gardening Festival

By Helena Hughes