IRELAND: July to September 2017
Festivals, Fairs, Exhibitions, Expos
(see also: 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2009)
July 6-9, 2017
Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival
Kilmore Quay, Wexford, Ireland
Centered on seafood, fishing, and fun for all the family, events include an angling competition, children's activities, photography exhibition, music, arts, and parade. Local restaurants compete to create the best and most exciting seafood platter.
September 5-9, 2017 Hillsborough International Oyster Festival
Hillsborough, Down, Northern Ireland
In 2017 the Festival will be celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary. Highlights include an oyster eating competition, gala ball, concert & dance, children's entertainment, vintage car displays and raft race. Attendance: 15,000.
September 22-24, 2017 Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival
Each September, Galway City comes alive with seafood & oysters as it celebrates the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, the most internationally recognised food festival in Ireland and the world's longest running International Oyster Festival. Throughout the festival, a host of tantalising events to whet your appetite will take place, including; a seafood trail in some of Galway city’s finest restaurants, Taste of the Sea/Blas na Mara - showcasing Galway's seafood heroes, the Bollinger National Oyster Opening Championship, The Food village at The Festival Marquee, the World Oyster Opening Championship with Guinness, a Mardi Gras event through the streets of Galway and the Festival Finale with family activities, kids fancy dress, live music, cooking demonstrations, 'Hot Oyster Awards' cooking challenge, Irish Coffee making and jive & jazz. Attendance: 22,000+
IRELAND: July to September 2016
Festivals, Fairs, Exhibitions, Expos
waiting for new dates
July 1-31, 2016 Féile na Mara / Achill Island Festival of the Sea
Achill Island, Mayo, Ireland
Féile na Mara is a culinary celebration of Achill's rich heritage with the sea, showcasing the bountiful harvest of the Atlantic Ocean. Events include cookery demonstrations, seaweed safaris, fish markets, seafood BBQs, and a family sandcastle competition.
July 13-17, 2016
Ballina Salmon Festival
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
A family friendly festival in the 'Salmon Capital of Ireland', incorporating the Ballina Street & Arts Festival. The program includes a triathalon, Fly Casting Day, motorbike show, raft race, street music, fireworks, and more. Attendance: 200,000.
July 16, 2016 Castlewellan Agricultural Show
Castlewellan, Down, Northern Ireland
Held within the beautiful grounds of Castlewellen Forest Park, the event is recognised as one of the foremost one-day shows in the country and is a good day out for the family.
July 19-22, 2016 FoodMicro 2016 - Dublin, Ireland
This is the first time this prestigious conference has been held in Ireland and is expected to attract over 1,000 food microbiologists and other experts from the food industry. 'One Health meets Food Microbiology' is the theme of FoodMicro 2016 and the conference will see a wide variety of subjects discussed around the areas of food microbiology, food safety, food hygiene, food biotechnology and to the application of molecular approaches in all aspects of modern food microbiology at both an international and local level. The deadline for submitting abstract is November, 2015, while the early-bird registration rates will be in place until early 2016.
August 4-8, 2016 Carlingford Oyster Festival - Carlingford, Louth, Ireland
Four days of Oysters galore, Oyster Pearl Hunt, World Crab Fishing Contest, Street Entertainment, Oyster Tent, Food Markets, Sailing Regatta, and the Famous Carlingford Seafood Chowder. Enjoyment for all the Family!
August 26-28, 2016 A Taste of Donegal Food Festival
Donegal Town, Ireland
A three day celebration of Great Food, Drink, Celebrity Chef appearance's, Tutored Wine Classes by Wine Experts, Food and Drink Exihibitors with Tastings and Music and Much More.
August 27, 2016 Iverk Agricultural Show - Piltown, Kilkenny, Ireland
Attracting over 20,000 visitors, the Iverk Show is Ireland's oldest and one of the largest one day agricultural and family shows. There is something for everyone from Bonny Baby to Most Appropriately Dressed Lady and four show jumping arenas featuring International Show Jumpers. There are All Ireland Championship finals and classes in cattle and horses/ponies including the richest cattle class (€20,000) in Europe. A poultry marquee features over 300 birds. There are fruit, flower, vegetable and honey classes. The cake, jam and savoury section garners huge support while the Great Cherry Cake competition attracts over 100 entries.
August 27-28, 2016 Irish Game & Country Fair and Fine Food Festival
Birr, Offaly, Ireland
Superb Irish Fine Food & Drinks Festival at Ireland's largest game or country fair.
September 8-10, 2016 Irish Craft Beer Festival - Dublin, Ireland
A celebration of Irish craft brewing, live music, and fabulous Irish artisan food stalls. Family entertainment during the day includes creative workshops for children, face-painting, street performers, and much more!
September 9-11, 2016 Clarenbridge Oyster Festival
Clarenbridge, Galway, Ireland
62nd Anniversary Celebration. Celebrating our most famous export, the succulent Clarenbridge oyster, with a festival of food, entertainment and fun.
September 9-11, 2016 Waterford Harvest Festival
Waterford, Kilkenny, Ireland
The Waterford Harvest Festival takes place throughout Waterford City with something to suit all taste buds. Waterford City’s main thoroughfares will be transformed into a smorgasbord of flavours, aromas and heritage with festival markets, harvest kitchens, wine appreciation classes, junior food craft classes, celebrity cooking demonstrations and much more. Events will include the Festival Market on the Mall, Enterprising Food Market, Harvest Kitchen, Oyster Festival, Viking Rocks Craft Beerfest, Trad Craft Corner, Farm to Fork, Picnic ‘n’ Play in the Park, GIY GROW Fest, and the Big Taste in John Robert’s Square. This year’s festival promises a congruence of sights, sounds, tastes and aromas with cookery demonstrations, foodie films, tastings and workshops, all making Waterford City one big street party for Harvest weekend.
Sept 9-18, 2016 A Taste Of West Cork Food Festival
Skibbereen, West Cork, Ireland
Promotes quality food and drink originating in the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. The Festival is intended to provide an opportunity where producers can display, promote and sell their products in a well organised and professional Festival venue. We are inviting visitors to bring recipes from their mothers and grandmothers to create a recipe book of traditional local dishes.
September 14, 2016 Food, Retail & Hospitality Expo - Dublin, Ireland
The purpose of the Food, Retail and Hospitality Ireland has a singular focus — Bring together retailers, foodservice companies, hospitality groups, regulatory groups and key suppliers of equipment, technology, food and services to Irelands commercial kitchens and food retailers, in order to facilitate sharing of knowledge and best practise as well as offering an unrivalled opportunity to connect key buyers from the food retailing, foodservice and hospitality sector with key exhibitors supplying into these sectors.
September 30-October 1, 2016 - 73rd International Ploughing Championships
Balmoral Park, Maze, LIsburn, Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland International & the Five Nations Ploughing Contest, Young Farmers competitions and trade exhibitors.
September 30-October 2, 2016 Dingle Food Festival - Dingle, Kerry, Ireland
Highlights of the Dingle Peninsula Food Festival include a taste trail in over 60 outlets, where festival goers can purchase taste tickets and sample local cuisine delights in locations that vary from pubs, and galleries to shop and restaurants. Plus lots of on street entertainment, music and fun for all the family!