There’s nothing better during summer time than a nice sunny day where you can head out to snack and munch your way round a fun food festival! These family-friendly festivals around Ireland will make a great day out this summer.
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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! There are often child-friendly events and workshops, great for introducing your child to new flavours and techniques.
With many of the events returning on a smaller scale for 2021, it is advised to check the event’s website and social pages in advance to ensure there are no changes to the planned schedule.
We will continue to add more festivals as we hear of them.
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Fun Food Festivals in 2021
West Waterford Festival of Food
Dates: April 23rd–25th 2021
West Waterford Festival of Food has been running in Dungarvan and West Waterford annually since 2008 and has become synonymous with fabulous food, fantastic family events and most importantly lots of fun!
This year, a mini series of virtual and physically distanced events and initiatives will include plenty of fun for the whole family, including a land and sea foraging session, a chocolate madness cook-along, cool kids cafe adventures, and a vegetable grow-along for children.
Mums and dads can enjoy a craft beer taste-along, cider tasting party, and a cocktail masterclass from Blackwater Distillery!
How to Book: For further information visit www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com
Burren Slow Food Festival
Dates: April 29th to May 5th 2021
Set up by Birgitta Curtin of the Burren Smokehouse over 15 years ago, the Burren Slow Food Festival is a platform to promote the best of the Burren’s produce, recognised as some of the finest in Ireland and internationally.
How to Book: For further information visit the the event’s Facebook page.
*Cancelled for 2021*
SeaFest takes place in Cork from 14-16 May this year, when Cork Harbour will be transformed into an ‘open air sea world’ 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: June 4th-7th 2021
Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event, Bloom in the Park will return as a virtual #BloomAtHome event for 2021.
As it wouldn’t be Bloom without the best of Irish food, some of Ireland’s best loved chefs and foodies including Catherine Fulvio and Rory O’Connell will offer tasty BBQ recipes, tips and tricks as part of a series of #QualityKitchenCookAlongs.
How to Book: Check all the details of events online.
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Flavours of South Dublin
When: June 20th 2021
Flavours of South Dublin Food Festival takes place at Rathfarnham Castle Park, showcasing the very best cuisine from the locality, and aiming to highlight the diversity and vibrancy of the food culture in the county.
How to Book: No need to book, it’s all free
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Flavours of Fingal
Dates: June 27th-28th 2021
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.
At Flavours there is something for everyone, from burger to vegan, artisan to sweet and much more inbetween. Take your pick from a wide variety of food stalls. There is also plenty for kids to do with bouncy castles, music, magic, story-telling, face painting, 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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Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival, Wexford
Dates: July 8th-11th 2021
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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Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival, Wexford
When: Dates TBC
Check out some of the amazing Rock ’n’ Roll bands taking to our Outdoor Main Stage & Dance floor or maybe catch some cookery demos and food talks in the Food Marquee for absolutely FREE.
Relax with a nice cool drink from the Drinks Marquee and catch a bite to eat from some of the first-rate food vendors from the Artisan Food & Crafts Market.
Our younger festival-goers can look forward to lots of fun activities, events and workshops in the Kids Marquee or spend some time at the Kid’s Play Zones or Ferris Wheel.
How to Book: It’s free, some events may need to be prebooked, programme details will be on their website.
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The Big Grill Festival 2021
When: August 12th-15th 2021
The Big Grill Festival takes place in Dublin’s Herbert Park and celebrates the art of cooking with fire and smoke!
Over 20 restaurants join for the weekend, with the only rule being they must cook with live fire using natural charcoal and wood only; no gas or electricity. Cue competitive fire pit builds in the lead up to the festival and plenty of theatre over the weekend!
How to Book: To buy tickets and for further information, visit their website.
Taste of Dublin
When: September 1st-5th 2021
Taste of Dublin takes place in the Iveagh Gardens each year transforming it into an unmissable foodie haven.
Taste of Dublin offers visitors the unique opportunity to source essential ingredients from artisan producers, engage with Ireland’s top culinary talent, be on the front line of masterclasses from and relax in the gourmet atmosphere of the city’s finest food and drink festival.
How to Book: To buy tickets and for further information, visit website.
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