Festival of Food in Ireland

Posted by Neil Hand on the 5th of February 2015 at 13:17:23

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Irish people love their food and drink. Having given the world such famous drinks as Guinness and Jameson Whiskey, you might be familiar with the drink side of our culture. But food is just as important to us. The climate and rich soil in Ireland means that our produce is of an extremely high-standard. Add in the ingredients of an island nation, wrapped around by sea and ocean, the close proximity of Europe and the wonderful culinary traditions there, and you’ll see that Ireland is almost good enough to eat. A reflection of this fantastic atmosphere for food and drink can be found in our abundant festivals which promote cuisine and beverages. Here’s a list of some festivals happening over the next few months for you to sink your teeth into.

Catex – Dublin City

To get a feel for the Irish catering industry as a whole, and all the various elements that make it tick, the Catex exhibition at the RDS in Dublin City is the place to go. It runs between the 17th and 19th of February. There will be hundreds of stalls and stands with lots of tasty freebies to enjoy. For more information about Catex, check out their official site here.

Irish Barista Championships – Dublin City

Once the land of the cup of tea, Ireland has evolved noticeably over the past ten years, and is now a nation that loves its coffee. The Irish Barista Championships will take place, conveniently, at Catex, and will give you the opportunity to see the most skillful Baristas in the country strut their stuff.

Galway Food Festival – Galway City

On the other side of the country, be sure not to miss the Galway Food Festival, which runs from the 2nd to the 6th of March in Galway City. 70,000 people attended the events in 2014, with even bigger numbers anticipated in 2015. The festival takes place at various locations in Galway City, and is a celebration of Galway’s rich food culture. The beating heart of the festival will be the festival food village at Spanish Arch in the centre of the city. For more info, check out the official site.

All-Ireland Chowder Cook Off – Kinsale, County Cork

How could I possibly write anything about food and drink in Ireland without mentioning food? I couldn’t, is the simple answer. And here’s the proof: The All-Ireland Chowder Cook Off will be held on the 19th of April in the beautiful, picture-postcard town of Kinsale, County Cork. Chowder is a popular dish in Ireland, and in fishing villages like Kinsale in particular. Check out the official Facebook page for the festival here for more info.

I hope this article has whet your appetite for the great food and drink you can experience on your trip to Ireland. I’m looking forward to attending some of these events myself in the coming months, and who knows? Maybe I’ll see you there… Getting around Ireland, recommending things to do, places to see and visit, is our specialty. Talk to us today and let us put you on the right road.

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