5 of Ireland’s Tastiest Summer Food Festivals
July 22, 2017 (No Comments) by Felipe Wasserstein

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Summer might just be the best season for festivals in Ireland with lots on offer from film, to music, to games and right back to the good old reliable grub! The (usually) clear and sunny weather is ideal for travelling around the country and finding delicious food at great locations.  Most of the festivals combine traditional Irish food with the cuisine of some of the very best international dishes, even more reason to check them out.

To help celebrate one of the most important aspects of Irish culture, we at The Sharpe have picked out five food events that are definitely worth seeing this summer.

Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival

Ideal for families, this year’s food festival features events, restaurants, bars and food producers. Expect free live music with the likes of Gavin Povey belting out his Rockabilly hits like “Oke She Moke She Pops” and “Gene Gambler and The Shufflers”. Lovers of artisan food can treat themselves with the vast number of home produced and home brewed foods and beers.

Get ready to enjoy familiar and new events such as: “The Mad Hatter Afternoon”, “Punch and Judy Shows”, “Ancient East Story-Telling, cookery demos (with chef Edward Hayden), Mexican suppers and food talks.

There is also the “Food Trails”, which are paths you can follow according to your personal food tastes. For example, the “Tapas Trail” offer snacks, the “Trendy Gin Trail” has gins, tonics and cocktails and the “Slaney Valley Eats” has traditional Irish dishes and drinks made with local ingredients.

If you are looking to purchase food and ingredients, go to the “Enniscorth Farmer’s Market”. There you can taste and buy fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy breads and crafts from Enniscorthy’s finest producers.

For the children, the food festival includes events and activities such as: the “Bronze Age Pottery Workshop”, “Medieval Shield Making, “Living History Camp” and the “Lego Workshop”. Some of those activities are free, but those which aren’t are far from expensive.

Where and When: Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, from August 4th – 7th.

More information: https://www.enniscorthyfoodietown.ie/

Carlingford Oyster Festival

carlingford-oyster-festival

The market town of Carlingford will offer tons of aphrodisiacs for attendees this year. It all begins on Friday evening when “Casseley’s Extreme Funfair” opens, which will be followed by live music at nearby pubs. During the next few days, the town will be filled with street artists, artisan craft and food stalls and restaurants providing plenty of the finest fish dishes.

But there’s also much to see in Carlingford. You can visit “Carlingford Medieval Town”, which is basically a live museum of Ireland during the middle ages. You can also visit the “Carlingford Leprechaun Park”. Expect several children’s activities such as magic shows, face painting, the “Teddy Bear’s Picnic”, free kayaking and “Children’s Funfair and Bouncing Castles”.

Also, keep an eye for the “Kiddies Oyster Pearl Welly Hunt”. Here children and parents can walk through the shores of Carlingford Lough in search of treasures hidden inside the seashells. This activity seeks to promote the town’s culinary, fresh produce and overall design of the area.

For the ladies, an interesting attraction is “The Carlingford Oyster Pearl Competition”. Other activities include: a cruise on the lough with lunch, a tractor ride at the Oyster Farm, water activities and dinning in some of Carlingford’s best restaurants.

Aside from being crowned “Morgan’s Fine Fish Carlingford Oyster Pearl 2017”, the winner will pick up several prizes, including €1000 in cash. If you are interested in participating, you need to contact the competition organisers at the event website.

Where and When: Carlingford, Co. Louth, from August 11th – 14th.

More information: http://carlingfordandcooleypeninsula.ie

The Big Grill Festival

This food festival brings some of the best chefs and food-makers to Dublin. Some of those names include: “Asador”,  a group of Argentinian grill experts famous for their “lamb al asador” and beef ribs; “Whole Cow Feast”, a group of three food makers, famous for their cooking of an entire cow in Uruguayan style; Andy Ricker (from pokpok USA), who is bringing authentic Northern Thai grilling to the event; and “Bastible”, bistro cookers known for their fish, meat and their season based menu.

Also expect to see talks and workshops presented by Masterchef’s Robin Gill, chili and burger challenges, lots of barbecue, more than 25 craft breweries, whiskey and gin bars and live music. More than enough to keep you entertained for the entire weekend.

Where and When: Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin, from August 17th – 18th.

More information: http://biggrillfestival.com/

A Taste of Donegal

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Probably the greatest food festival in Ireland this year. Attracting people from all over the world, the festival hosts an impressive number of 120 exhibitors. You can both taste and buy the best food and drinks Ireland has to offer.

With their new marquee structure (courtesy of their partners “Eventco” and “Coopers Marquees”), expect an even bigger and better event than last year. The huge festival includes: tutored “Cocktail and Gin Masterclasses”; “Cookery Demonstrations” with the likes of Neven Maguire, Gary O’Hallon, Joe Shannon and Catherine Leyden. The cookery demonstrations are presented by on of Ireland’s most versatile chefs, the “No Salt Chef” chef, Brian McDermott.

Like in previous years, expect to see competitions to decide the best chef in the area through their “A Passion to Inspire 2017 Competition”. The contenders are tested by a range of renowned chefs such as Anthony Armstrong, Peter Griffiths, Bob MacDonald and Gerard Molloy.

But not everything is about food. Enjoy other forms of entertainment such as: the music of Dean Martin and “The Rat Pack”; or laugh at street performer Marcel “So What Silent” Mime facial contortions and poses; or laugh even more with chef Joe Shannon and comedian Frank Forde at the Cookery Comedy Theatre.

Where and When: Donegal Town, Donegal, from August 25th – 27th.

More information: http://www.atasteofdonegal.com/

Midleton Food and Drink Festival

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Now In its 15th year, the Midleton Food Festival offers plenty of scrumptious treats from local growers in East Cork. This region is known for its beautiful beef, barley and pork meat. There you can experience in first hand their culinary capabilities and also chat to the local producers.

Events include the popular “Street Festival” on Saturday, September 9th. Other types of entertainment include balloon artists, face painters, traditional Irish and folk music and puppet shows.

The food festival is hosting the “Midleton Farmer’s Market”, where you can purchase local produce such as herbs, vegetables, breads smoked salmons (amongst many other fishes), chicken, beef and pork.

Where and When: Midleton, Cork, from September 3rd – 10th.

More information: http://midletonfoodfestival.ie/

So, there you have it. Lots of options in lots of different places, there is an event every weekend in August too so make sure you get out and make the most of your summer at these fantastic Irish food festivals.

Felipe Wasserstein
Writes about sports and lifestyle. Enjoys anything related to movies, video games and football. Also a massive Juventus supporter.

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5 of Ireland’s Tastiest Summer Food Festivals
July 22, 2017 (No Comments) by Felipe Wasserstein

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Summer might just be the best season for festivals in Ireland with lots on offer from film, to music, to games and right back to the good old reliable grub! The (usually) clear and sunny weather is ideal for travelling around the country and finding delicious food at great locations.  Most of the festivals combine traditional Irish food with the cuisine of some of the very best international dishes, even more reason to check them out.

To help celebrate one of the most important aspects of Irish culture, we at The Sharpe have picked out five food events that are definitely worth seeing this summer.

Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival

Ideal for families, this year’s food festival features events, restaurants, bars and food producers. Expect free live music with the likes of Gavin Povey belting out his Rockabilly hits like “Oke She Moke She Pops” and “Gene Gambler and The Shufflers”. Lovers of artisan food can treat themselves with the vast number of home produced and home brewed foods and beers.

Get ready to enjoy familiar and new events such as: “The Mad Hatter Afternoon”, “Punch and Judy Shows”, “Ancient East Story-Telling, cookery demos (with chef Edward Hayden), Mexican suppers and food talks.

There is also the “Food Trails”, which are paths you can follow according to your personal food tastes. For example, the “Tapas Trail” offer snacks, the “Trendy Gin Trail” has gins, tonics and cocktails and the “Slaney Valley Eats” has traditional Irish dishes and drinks made with local ingredients.

If you are looking to purchase food and ingredients, go to the “Enniscorth Farmer’s Market”. There you can taste and buy fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy breads and crafts from Enniscorthy’s finest producers.

For the children, the food festival includes events and activities such as: the “Bronze Age Pottery Workshop”, “Medieval Shield Making, “Living History Camp” and the “Lego Workshop”. Some of those activities are free, but those which aren’t are far from expensive.

Where and When: Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, from August 4th – 7th.

More information: https://www.enniscorthyfoodietown.ie/

Carlingford Oyster Festival

carlingford-oyster-festival

The market town of Carlingford will offer tons of aphrodisiacs for attendees this year. It all begins on Friday evening when “Casseley’s Extreme Funfair” opens, which will be followed by live music at nearby pubs. During the next few days, the town will be filled with street artists, artisan craft and food stalls and restaurants providing plenty of the finest fish dishes.

But there’s also much to see in Carlingford. You can visit “Carlingford Medieval Town”, which is basically a live museum of Ireland during the middle ages. You can also visit the “Carlingford Leprechaun Park”. Expect several children’s activities such as magic shows, face painting, the “Teddy Bear’s Picnic”, free kayaking and “Children’s Funfair and Bouncing Castles”.

Also, keep an eye for the “Kiddies Oyster Pearl Welly Hunt”. Here children and parents can walk through the shores of Carlingford Lough in search of treasures hidden inside the seashells. This activity seeks to promote the town’s culinary, fresh produce and overall design of the area.

For the ladies, an interesting attraction is “The Carlingford Oyster Pearl Competition”. Other activities include: a cruise on the lough with lunch, a tractor ride at the Oyster Farm, water activities and dinning in some of Carlingford’s best restaurants.

Aside from being crowned “Morgan’s Fine Fish Carlingford Oyster Pearl 2017”, the winner will pick up several prizes, including €1000 in cash. If you are interested in participating, you need to contact the competition organisers at the event website.

Where and When: Carlingford, Co. Louth, from August 11th – 14th.

More information: http://carlingfordandcooleypeninsula.ie

The Big Grill Festival

This food festival brings some of the best chefs and food-makers to Dublin. Some of those names include: “Asador”,  a group of Argentinian grill experts famous for their “lamb al asador” and beef ribs; “Whole Cow Feast”, a group of three food makers, famous for their cooking of an entire cow in Uruguayan style; Andy Ricker (from pokpok USA), who is bringing authentic Northern Thai grilling to the event; and “Bastible”, bistro cookers known for their fish, meat and their season based menu.

Also expect to see talks and workshops presented by Masterchef’s Robin Gill, chili and burger challenges, lots of barbecue, more than 25 craft breweries, whiskey and gin bars and live music. More than enough to keep you entertained for the entire weekend.

Where and When: Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin, from August 17th – 18th.

More information: http://biggrillfestival.com/

A Taste of Donegal

taste-of-donegal

Probably the greatest food festival in Ireland this year. Attracting people from all over the world, the festival hosts an impressive number of 120 exhibitors. You can both taste and buy the best food and drinks Ireland has to offer.

With their new marquee structure (courtesy of their partners “Eventco” and “Coopers Marquees”), expect an even bigger and better event than last year. The huge festival includes: tutored “Cocktail and Gin Masterclasses”; “Cookery Demonstrations” with the likes of Neven Maguire, Gary O’Hallon, Joe Shannon and Catherine Leyden. The cookery demonstrations are presented by on of Ireland’s most versatile chefs, the “No Salt Chef” chef, Brian McDermott.

Like in previous years, expect to see competitions to decide the best chef in the area through their “A Passion to Inspire 2017 Competition”. The contenders are tested by a range of renowned chefs such as Anthony Armstrong, Peter Griffiths, Bob MacDonald and Gerard Molloy.

But not everything is about food. Enjoy other forms of entertainment such as: the music of Dean Martin and “The Rat Pack”; or laugh at street performer Marcel “So What Silent” Mime facial contortions and poses; or laugh even more with chef Joe Shannon and comedian Frank Forde at the Cookery Comedy Theatre.

Where and When: Donegal Town, Donegal, from August 25th – 27th.

More information: http://www.atasteofdonegal.com/

Midleton Food and Drink Festival

midleton-food-and-drink-festival

Now In its 15th year, the Midleton Food Festival offers plenty of scrumptious treats from local growers in East Cork. This region is known for its beautiful beef, barley and pork meat. There you can experience in first hand their culinary capabilities and also chat to the local producers.

Events include the popular “Street Festival” on Saturday, September 9th. Other types of entertainment include balloon artists, face painters, traditional Irish and folk music and puppet shows.

The food festival is hosting the “Midleton Farmer’s Market”, where you can purchase local produce such as herbs, vegetables, breads smoked salmons (amongst many other fishes), chicken, beef and pork.

Where and When: Midleton, Cork, from September 3rd – 10th.

More information: http://midletonfoodfestival.ie/

So, there you have it. Lots of options in lots of different places, there is an event every weekend in August too so make sure you get out and make the most of your summer at these fantastic Irish food festivals.

Felipe Wasserstein
Writes about sports and lifestyle. Enjoys anything related to movies, video games and football. Also a massive Juventus supporter.

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