Fun Food Festivals You Can Take the Kids To This Summer

Taste of Cavan
Photograph by Lorraine Teevan

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 This Summer around Ireland:

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Bloom in the Park, Dublin


When: May 30th – June 3rd 2019

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.

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Seafest, Cork

When: 7th – 9th June 2019

SeaFest 2019 takes place in Cork from 7-9 June 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.

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Bia Lover Festival of Food

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When: 22nd – 23rd June 2019

The annual Bia Lover Festival of Food & Drink takes place June 22nd and 23rd 2019 in 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.

Flavours of South Dublin

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When: 23rd June 2019

Flavours of South Dublin Food Festival 2019 takes place at Rathfarnham Castle Park on Sunday 23rd June 2019. 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.

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Flavours of Fingal

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When: 29th & 30th June 2019

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.

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Taste of Wicklow

When: 28th – 30th June 2019

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 belting out the music of UB40 and Bob Marley. And there will be outdoor cinema on Friday the 28th of June showing The Greatest Showman.

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Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival

kilmore quay food festival

When: 3rd – 7th July 2019

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.

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Galway International Food & Craft Festival, Salthill

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When: 5th – 7th July

The Galway International Food and Craft Festival will showcase the unique diversity that the west of Ireland has to offer, from artisan restaurants, organic and fresh food producers to international cuisine. Twenty of the most talented chefs in the country will give demos at the food festival, including Neven Maguire, Rachel Allen and Kevin Dundon.

There will be something for the entire family with live music and a free dedicated kids zone  full of great activities for children of all ages.

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Off The Street Food Fest, Donegal

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When: 27th and 28th July 2019

The Off The Street Food Fest takes place in Letterkenny on 27th & 28th 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.

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Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival, Wexford

Enniscorthy Rockin Food Festival

When: 2nd – 5th August 2019

At the 2019 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.

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Taste of Cavan

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Photograph by Lorraine Teevan

When: 9th and 10th August 2019

This 9th and 10th August, Taste of Cavan returns to Cavan Equestrian Centre with two days of family fun, showcasing a mouth-watering selection of the very best local food and drink.

As always, the event will boast an unrivalled line-up of the country’s very best chefs including Neven Maguire, Simon Delaney, Richard Corrigan, Jeeny Maltese, Gearóid Lynch, Brian McDermott, Shane Smyth, Adrian Martin and Máire Dufficy, not to mention a host of workshops, masterclasses and activities for the junior ‘taste buds’.

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Waterford Harvest Festival 2019

When: 6th – 8th September

The 11th annual Waterford Harvest Festival, takes place from 6 – 8 September with a focus this year on sustainably sourced food and reducing food waste. This year’s programme includes over 70 free and ticketed events features cooking demos, grow-it-yourself workshops, local food markets and child-friendly events.

Children can enjoy themselves at the Junior HQ tent, located on Ballybricken Green. Waterford’s Little Red Kettle are running a free drama workshop for children aged 10+ and kids of all ages are invited to take part in Ireland’s interactive drum show. On Sunday, little bakers can learn the art of chocolate biscuit cake making at Carter Chocolate Café, on Barronstrand St.

Festival of Food, Airfield Estate

When: 7th and 8th September 2019

A two-day extravaganza of artisan food, cookery, gardening, workshops, wellness, live music and kids play taking place at Airfield Estate on 7th and 8th September 2019

Experience an extended food village, natural beauty area, food demonstrations, music stage, craft brewery, botanical beverages, gardening zone, family foraging and much more.

This year, along with all the family favourites from egg collecting to cow milking, lawn games to action adventure trails across 38 acres, festival-goers will experience an expanded Food Village with over 50 local producers.

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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!

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