There’s nothing better during summer time than a nice sunny day, a fun festival to head to, with delicious food and drink to sample. Here are some Fun Food Festivals You Can Take the Kids To In 2020 around Ireland:
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There are some super family-friendly food festivals taking place across Ireland and if the weather is nice, nothing beats eating al fresco! They often hold child friendly events and workshops, great for introducing your child to new flavours and techniques. Here are some festivals to help you plan:
Fun Food Festivals You Can Take The Kids In 2020
West Waterford Festival of Food
Dates: April 16th–19th 2020
The 13th annual West Waterford Festival of Food takes place from 16 – 19 April, with over 100 free and ticketed events. The 2020 theme will explore what it means to be sustainably Irish
The Festival Market will be Quayside on Saturday, April 18, with a programme of entertainment and food that celebrates Dungarvan’s marine heritage. The Festival Market will then travel to Grattan Square on Sunday, April 19 featuring over 100 local and artisan producers including the Food The Waterford Way’s Festival Demo Marquee.
For budding young foodies, there are over 40 family-friendly events this year including free Glanbia Family Fun Days; interactive workshops on healthy eating and cooking; and how to grow crops from seeds. There will be tips to reduce food waste by FoodCloud; biscuit baking classes; a teddy bears picnic; food treasure hunt; and family yoga sessions.
How to Book: For further information visit www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com
Dates: 15th – 17th May 2020
SeaFest 2020 takes place in Cork from 15-17 May this year, when Cork Harbour will be transformed into an ‘open air sea world’ and will be ‘awash with free family-friendly activities, entertainment and attractions both on and off the water’ for the three-day festival.
The festival will cover all things marine – from seafood cookery to science, exploring the ships that transport us to discovering the creatures of the deep. Foodies can get tips from seafood cookery experts and sample some tasty bites.
How to Book: It’s all free but some events may require pre-booking, so check the website.
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Bloom in the Park, Dublin
Dates: 28th May – 1st June 2020
Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event, Bloom in the Park is back this year at Dublin’s Phoenix Park in Dublin City over the June Bank Holiday weekend. There are cooking demos throughout the weekend, as well as a huge food hall to taste and buy a wide variety of food and drink products. Enjoy lunch outdoors with a variety of food stalls selling delicious options.
Families visiting the event this year will once again be entertained by the outdoor entertainment stage and highly enjoyable and educational Kids Zone.
How to Book: Adult tickets can be purchased online, children under 16 go free.
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Bia Lover Festival of Food, Galway
When: June 2020
The annual Bia Lover Festival of Food & Drink takes place in June the centre of Athenry, beside the Clarin River and with the beautifully restored Athenry Castle as a backdrop.
Cookery demonstrations featuring local produce and cook-off competitions will add to the experience. With live music, arts trails, face-painting, balloon artists, stilt-walkers and more, there will be something to entertain young and old.
How to Book: it’s free but more information here
Flavours of South Dublin
When: 14th June 2020, 12-6pm
Flavours of South Dublin Food Festival 2020 takes place at Rathfarnham Castle Park on Sunday 14th June 2020. Showcasing the very best cuisine from the locality, and aiming to highlight the diversity and vibrancy of the food culture in the county. This is the 3rd year of the food festival and it’s free to attend.
There’s entertainment for all ages including live music and dance, demo kitchen, face painting, balloon modelling, as well as free guided tours of the Rathfarnham Castle, which dates from Elizabethan times.
How to Book: no need to book, it’s all free
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Flavours of Fingal
Dates: 27th & 28th June 2020
The Flavours of Fingal County Show is a two-day event jam packed with events, combining the sights and sounds of an agricultural show with an unforgettable food and family fun experience, all taking place within the historic walled garden of Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate, County Dublin.
There is plenty for kids to do with bouncy castles, face painting, archaeological digs, cycle obstacle courses, kids golf and lots more. Just a stone’s throw from city life, the two-day event offers real value for money, unbeatable food and the ultimate farming experience for the whole family to enjoy.
How to Book: Entry is free for those who walk, cycle, take public transport or use one of their free shuttle buses, more information on their website.
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Taste of Wicklow
When: 4th and 5th of July 2020
The Taste of Wicklow is a celebration of food, music, and culture taking place in the picturesque Abbey Grounds. You can sample staples of the local cuisine including seafood from The Fishman or craft beer from the Wicklow Brewery, and you can expect more far-flung tastes such as the Korean Burrito.
There are sets from DJs and local musicians as well as popular cover bands.
How to Book: Under 12s go free, adult tickets can be bought on the gate or online.
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Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival, Wexford
Dates: 8th – 12th July 2020
Each July, Kilmore Quay, a charming and picturesque fishing village, on the south east coast of Ireland, celebrates summer with delicious seafood platters, fishing and lots of fun activities for all the family.
How to Book: It’s free to attend, some events may need to be booked in advance, check website for details.
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Off The Street Food Fest, Donegal
Dates: July 2020 dates tbc
The Off The Street Food Fest takes place in Letterkenny late July, showcasing the best of Donegal Food, street-food style. There are cookery demos from some of Ireland’s best chefs, along with music, food quiz, bake off and more.
How to Book: It’s free to attend, more details on programme on their website.
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Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival, Wexford
When: 31st July – 3rd August 2020
At the 2020 Rockin’ Food Festival in Enniscorthy you can expect:
- an impressive schedule of chefs, producers and special guests in the free Food Marquee
- an Artisan Food Market with over 80 of the best local and artisan vendors
- a Line-up of Rock ‘n’ Roll artists for free outdoor gigs
- jam-packed program of food and drink workshops
- events and classes for all ages.
How to Book: It’s free, some events may need to be prebooked, programme details will be on their website.
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Waterford Harvest Festival 2020
Dates: 11th – 13th September 2020
The annual Waterford Harvest Festival, takes place from 11th-13th September, the programme usually includes free and ticketed events features cooking demos, grow-it-yourself workshops, local food markets and child-friendly events.
How to Book: more details to come on their website.
Festival of Food, Airfield Estate
Dates: September 2020
A two-day extravaganza of artisan food, cookery, gardening, workshops, wellness, live music and kids play taking place at Airfield Estate in September.
Experience an extended food village, natural beauty area, food demonstrations, music stage, craft brewery, botanical beverages, gardening zone, family foraging and much more.
How to Book: more details to come on their website.
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Do you plan to go to any of these food festivals? Any other family-friendly food festivals we should include on this? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!