Family-Friendly Food Festivals to Enjoy Around Ireland in 2022

Jill Holtz

May 8, 2022

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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.

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.

Fun Food Festivals in 2022

Burren Slow Food Festival

Dates: May 20-22nd

The annual Burren Slow Food Festival gives visitors the opportunity to sample local artisan foods, meet the producers and growers, mix with fellow foodies, see cookery demonstrations from well known chefs and get a true taste of Co. Clare culture in the beautiful setting of the Burren.

The three day event showcases the best elements of food culture in Clare from the local growers, producers and traders that make Clare such a unique and dynamic food destination.

For more information, click here

Bord Bia Bloom, Dublin

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Date: June 2nd to 6th

Ireland’s favourite gardening and lifestyle festival, Bord Bia Bloom, is returning to the Phoenix Park, Dublin.. Now in its 16th year, the festival returns to a physical event following two successful virtual #BloomAtHome events.

The festival is the perfect opportunity for the public to experience the very best of Irish horticulture, food and drink directly from world-class designers, suppliers and growers, as well as engage with important topics like sustainability, biodiversity, and mental health through beautiful floral design, expert talks and family-friendly exhibits.

Discounted early bird tickets are available to buy from bordbiabloom.com until March 27th – and don’t forget, two children under 16 can attend for free with each ticket!

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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Seafest, Cork

*2022 Details TBC*

SeaFest takes place in Cork, 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.

It’s all free but some events may require pre-booking. For more information, click here.

West Waterford Festival of Food

West WAterford Festival of Food

Dates: June 10th to 12th

One of Ireland’s biggest food festivals, the West Waterford Festival of Food returns with almost 100 events, both free and ticketed.

Highlights include the Long Table Feast by Paul Flynn and Greg Harris while Tom Walsh cooks at Woodhouse Estate and The Old Bank’s David Larkin joins Luis Martin for a tasting menu. There’s a FoodCloud and GIY supper, Dungarvan Brewing Company welcomes Lily Ramirez-Foran and Anthony O’Toole and Sunday lunch at Dromana House by Colin Hennessy.

Old favourites return with the Market and demos in the Taste Waterford marquee, the Flahavan’s Greenway Breakfast, the Bake-Off, Afternoon Tea at Salterbridge House, a BBQ at Comeragh Pods, blind food and cocktail tasting and Bus Bia Tours.

For young foodies, there’s the Glanbia Fun Zone, farm trips, yoga sessions, treasure hunt and picnic, sensory cooking and reducing food waste workshops.

For further information, click here.

Taste of Dublin

Dates: June 16th to 19th

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.

For further information and to buy tickets, click here.

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Flavours of South Dublin

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*2022 Details TBC*

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.

No need to book, it’s all free.

Flavours of Fingal

Flavours of Fingal

Dates: July 2nd and 3rd

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, 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.

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

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*2022 Details TBC*

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.

It’s free to attend, some events may need to be booked in advance, check website for details.

Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival, Wexford

Enniscorthy Rockin Food Festival

Dates: July 29th to August 1st

The Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival will be back in 2022. You can expect a brand-new, impressive schedule of chefs, producers and special guests in the FREE Food Marquee, an impressive artisan food market with over 50 of the best local and artisan vendors, a superlative international line-up of Rock ‘n’ Roll artists for free outdoor gigs, a jam-packed program of food and drink workshops, events and classes as well as lots of FREE and exceptional value packages for our younger festival goers!

Some events may need to be prebooked, programme details will be on their website.

The Big Grill Festival

The Big Grill Festival

Dates: August 11th to 14th

The Big Grill Festival takes place in Dublin’s Herbert Park and celebrates the art of cooking with fire and smoke!

Over 20 restaurants and 50 chefs and guests 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!

For further information, click here.

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Published On: May 8th, 2022 / Categories: Ireland, Things To Do / Last Updated: May 11th, 2022 / Tags: , , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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