IRELAND: April, May & June 2016 Festivals, Fairs, Exhibitions, Expos (see also: 2015 - 2013 - 2012)
April 15-17, 2016 West Waterford Festival of Food Dungarvan, Waterford, Ireland This annual festival has become synonymous with fabulous food, fantastic family fun, magical music and much more. Celebrate the richness and diversity of our food culture in a powerful community setting.
April 15-17, 2016 Big Cheese & Beer Expo Derry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland A 3 day celebration of local cheese & beer offering a platform for local producers and craft brewers to showcase their work. This family friendly event will include searing cook offs and cheese and beer inspired demonstrations from some of Derry’s culinary stars from local restaurants. Try some locally produced cheese and for the adults, sample some of the North Wests finest craft beers. Visit the boulevard of food providers who will be offering cheese and beer themed dishes featuring the best of the regions local craft beer & cheeses. The Festival Marquee will have plenty of family fun with pop up puppeteers, face painting, culinary themed arts and crafts plus lots more. At night the marquee will be transformed into an adult only event giving you the opportunity to enjoy the best of the regions craft beer, sample a cheese plate of the finest local cheese or visit the boulevard of food providers who will be offering the best of local cheese and beer inspired dishes all while being entertained by some fantastic musicians and upcoming stars.
April 27-May 2, 2016 Roscommon Lamb Festival '16 Roscommon, Ireland A celebration of family fun, great food, farming, crafts, heritage, and community spirit in County Roscommon. The festival is one of the Midlands premier agricultural, country, and family festivals.
April 29-May 1, 2016 Connemara Mussel Festival Renvyle, Galway, Ireland A weekend of music, activities and of course bowls full of fresh Killary mussels. Each year Killary Harbour produces up to 2000 tonnes of rope mussels. There are both amateur and professional mussel cooking competitions, chef demonstrations, country market. Also, dancing, music, art, and childrens activities.
May 11-13, 2016 Balmoral Show Balmoral, Belfast, Northern Ireland The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS). World class arena stunt attractions; Balmoral food village; Funfair; Craft village; Parades of prize winning animals; Sheep shearing competitions; Tesco Children’s farm; Downtown Show stage; Garden village; Vintage machinery; and hundreds of trade stands from agri to equestrian, from tourism to food, from clothes to toys and everything in between.
May 14-15, 2016 National Mills Weekend Various, Northern Ireland Celebrating the UK's milling heritage on the second weekend of May each year. National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage and provides you with a fantastic opportunity to visit mills, many of which are not usually open to the public.
May 27-29, 2016 Burren Slow Food Festival Lisdoonvarna, Clare, Ireland Slow Food Clare. 'Surf & Turf' - Lamb, Oysters and Wild Salmon. Farmers Market, Master classes and Cookery Demos, Beer Tasting, Children's cookery class, entertainment, Organic salmon tasting, Food Forum 'Atlantic Coastal Living and Food Production', and much more.
May 27-29, 2016 Baltimore Seafood Festival Baltimore, Cork, Ireland Held in conjunction with the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival, this three-day event is a showcase for the products of Baltimore's fishing and fish farming industries and for other local food producers.
May 28-29, 2016 The NI Countrysports Fair Scarva, Armagh, Northern Ireland This event will be a two-day extravaganza of all that is great about country sports and country pursuits in Ireland. It is also a celebration of our rural heritage and culture and creates a great family day out for all ages. There will be all the usual country sports competitions, rural life demonstrations, full action packed main arena programme, participation activities and a variety of shopping villages including crafts, artisan food, country clothing and accessories and country lifestyle.
June 16-19, 2016 Taste of Dublin Dublin, Ireland Taste of Dublin is back for the 11th year. Guests can enjoy live cooking demonstrations and interactive culinary features to mouth-watering masterclasses and live entertainment as well as over 100 artisan producers!
June 18, 2016 Annual Lisburn and Saintfield District Show Balmoral Park, Lisburn, Northern Ireland First held in 1945, the Show continues to attract the best exhibitors from across Home Industries, Poultry, Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Clydesdales, Horses, Ponies, Carriage Driving, Donkeys, Miniature Horses, and Show Jumping. A fun day out for all the family with Refreshments, Children's Amusements, Vintage Tractors, Trade Stands, Craft Fair and a Dog Show.
June 22-26, 2016 Strawberry, Culture & Foodfest Enniscorthy, Wexford, Ireland The Strawberry Festival will celebrate its 49th year. The Promenade along the Slaney River. Murphy’ s Cash & Carry will host the Main Stage acts. Over the weekends at various Venues, expect music, theatre, street entertainment, markets and many of the events traditionally associated with the festival. (also: http://enniscorthytourism.com )
June 24-26, 2016 Dunmore East Food Festival Dunmore East, Waterford, Ireland Dunmore East Food Festival will include Farmer's Market, Feast in the Forest, Cookery Demonstrations and much more.
June 25-26, 2016 Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival Antrim, Northern Ireland Superb Irish based fine food & drinks festival as part of Northern Ireland's largest game or country fair. Features a range of trade stands from artisan and fine food producers and cookery demonstrations by award winning chefs such as Emmeet Mc Court author of the 'Feast or Famine' book. All set against the backdrop of an action packed country sports and living event including a living history village with additional historical cooking displays through the ages
IRELAND: April, May & June 2015 Festivals, Fairs, Exhibitions, Expos waiting for new dates
May 29-31, 2015 Foynes Irish Coffee Festival Foynes, Limerick, Ireland Celebrating Foynes' role as an aviation center during the 1940's era of 'flying boats' and the famous Irish coffee drink invented by chef Joe Sheridan to warm passengers after a long flight. The festival includes the World Irish Coffee Making Championship, parades, fireworks and entertainment.
June 10-14, 2015 Só Sligo Food & Culture Festival Sligo, Ireland Só Sligo Food and Culture Festival programme brings together food experiences through food trails and explorations of food heritage together with an action packed festival of events drawing from Sligo’s literary, heritage and cultural strengths. The theme of this year’s festival is 'Back to Basics'. The six day programme includes a Wild Food Experience, Fermentation Workshops (and a pop up Ferment Bar) the World Irish Stew Championships, Irish craft beer and food tasting events, the Sligo food trail, cookery demos, workshops for adults and children, cook offs, foodie film and more.
IRELAND: April, May & June 2013 Festivals, Fairs, Exhibitions, Expos waiting for new dates
May 11-12, 2013 A Taste of Carlingford Carlingford, Louth, Ireland A two day celebration of fine food and drink set in the idyllic surroundings of the Mediaeval village of Carlingford. All the restaurants, bars and cafés will provide visitors a taste of the wonderful range of cuisine on offer, in a veritable market place of tents and stalls.
IRELAND: April, May & June 2012 Festivals, Fairs, Exhibitions, Expos waiting for new dates
May 25-27, 2012 Charleville Cheese Festival Charleville, Cork, Ireland Celebrating Charleville's role as a cheese processing center, the festival includes music, a pageant, vintage car parade, hurling tournament, talent show, and much more.