Ireland is a nation of food lovers, and it’s never more evident than at one of the country’s many fine food festivals, which showcase the best culinary cuisines from chefs across the globe. Whether it be BBQ, Italian or Thai delicacies, Ireland’s food festivals cater to every gastronomical whim. At Verve, we have the pleasure of working at many of these festivals with our clients.
We take a look at some of Ireland’s most unique and delicious food and drink festivals.
1.The Big Grill Festival – Dublin
Held in Dublin’s Herbert Park every August, The Big Grill is Ireland’s biggest International BBQ Festival. A meat lovers favourite, the festival boasts some of the most delicious barbecue eateries from around the globe – as well as BBQ masterclasses, crafts beers, live music, kids area and the very handy Just Eat Waiter Service.
Tickets available from BigGrillFestival.com.
2. Taste of Dublin – Iveagh Gardens
Taste of Dublin, which is held every year June, is Ireland’s premier food and drink festival. Taking place over 4 days in the scenic setting of The Iveagh Gardens in Dublin, Taste of Dublin features over 30 world class chefs, over 20 restaurants, 160 demonstrations and talks and an abundance of gastronomical delights. All food and drink is paid for in Florins, which you can buy on entry.
For more information, visit dublin.tastefestivals.com.
3. Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival – Galway
For the past 62 years, Galway has been hosting the amazing Oyster & Seafood Festival. Starting as a humble festival in 1954, only 34 guests attended. Now, over 22,000 food lovers flock to the West to taste the famous Galway Bay Oysters. Consistently lauded as one of the best festivals in the world by the likes of The New York Times and Time Magazine, the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival is not to be missed!
For more information, visit GalwayOysterFestival.com.
4. Guinness X Meatopia – Dublin
GUINNESS X MEATOPIA is a carnivore’s paradise! Taking place on July 1-2 in the iconic Open Gate Brewery at St. James’ Gate, Meatopia will be a weekend of meat, music, beer and fire. The festival, which originated in New York, will feature top local and international chefs cooking up an eclectic mix of meat dishes, grilled or smoked over wood and charcoal. Food and drink pairing experts will also make sure you have the perfect beer to accompany your meal.
While food and beer are the headliners, Meatopia will also host some excellent live music and talks from brewers, chefs and butchers.
For more information visit Meatopia Dublin.
5. Italian Fusion Festival
Coming up this July, the one-day Italian Fusion Festival will take over The Grand Social on Liffey Street, serving up the authentic Italian cooking with live music, art exhibitions, and even a vintage Vespa display. For lovers of pizza, pasta and sweet treats, this is the festival for you!
Tickets start from just €4.50.
For more information visit Italian Food Festival.