Not sure what to do this weekend? Don't worry, we have got you covered with news of two food festivals happening around the country this weekend.
The Dingle Food Festival in Kerry kicks off tomorrow and runs until Sunday, while the Strandhill Food Festival will take place in Sligo this Saturday and Sunday. Both festivals are packed to the gills with food events, like chef demos, expert talks and tastings, so keep reading below to check out the highlights.
Strandhill Food Festival
This festival has a fantastic line-up ready for the weekend. We're particularly keen on the chef demos, which include appearances from lots of well-known faces, including Derry Clarke, Gary O'Hanlon and Finn Ní Fhaoláin.
There's no need to worry about going hungry at Strandhill, as there will be heaps food stalls on offer over the weekend. We are particularly excited about trying arepas from Pacheco Venezuelan Street Food, followed by some dessert from O'Hara's ice cream. While there will also be some stalls supplying adult beverages, this festival will definitely be suitable for kiddos too, with the Kid's Zone offering all-day entertainment to keep the little ones busy.
Not to be missed: Carolanne Rush, founder of Sweet Beat Café, will be on the The Bank of Ireland Food Demo Stage on Sunday at 1.15pm, teaching fermentation basics, including how to make homemade kombucha
To find out more about Strandhill Food Festival and buy tickets, click here.
Dingle Food Festival
The Dingle Food Festival certainly sounds like one not to be missed. This year's events include cookery demos, workshops and whiskey and wine masterclasses, as well as street entertainment and the ever-popular Taste Trail.
This year's Taste Trail will include over 70 outlets which will offer samples of the best food and drink the Peninsula has to offer. We think that the Dingle Ahoy! Fish & Chips followed by a cocktail from The Dingle Whiskey Distillery sounds like a good way to get a taste of Kerry!
Not to be missed: Wade Murphy, chef/owner at 1826 Adare, will conduct a cookery demonstration on Saturday at 12pm about elegant comfort food. Knowing how good Wade's food is, we know that this demo should definitely be delicious!
You can find out more about this festival here.
BONUS! Blas na hEireann at Dingle Food Festival
Blas na hEireann, the National Irish Food Awards, is taking place at the moment in the lead up to the Dingle Food Festival as. The awards recognise the very best in Irish food and drink, as well as the passionate producers behind them. Our editor, Dee Laffan, is a judge in the competition; the results will be announced at an award ceremony on Saturday afternoon.
Dee will be posting live from the event, so be sure to follow the tag #Blas2018 and check in on our social media over the weekend to see an exclusive look at the event!
Let us know which festival you will be attending this weekend in the comments below!