March 30, 2012

April's Foodie Festivals & Events

Galway Food Festival
The first ever Galway Food Festival takes place on the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, Friday 6th to Monday 9th April. It will celebrate all that is good about Galway food and dining with a series of fun and family friendly events. This new festival will promote good food in Galway and showcase food producers based in Galway and in the West. The festival will feature open-air markets, cookery demonstrations, a festival village at Fishmarket Square, food tours to local artisan producers, foraging, food talks, tastings, wine workshops with industry experts, kids activities and more. There is just so much to choose from!! For more info click here.

Waterfood Festival of Food
Heading into its fifth year, this festival celebrates the richness and diversity of our Irish food culture in a community setting. Think sharing picnic baskets, foraging for fun in the woods or clamouring over the rocks on the beach to find a bucket-full of seaweed and you get a picture of what type of events are on offer. This festival runs from the 12th - 15th April. Visit here for event listings.

Grandmothers Day - Forgotten Skills 
International Slow Food Grandmother’s Day will be celebrated on 21 April 2012. To celebrate the wonderful skills and knowledge that grandparents impart to us Slow food Ireland will be hosting their special event on 22 April at Sandbrook House, Ballon, Co Carlow.  This inaugural event is dedicated to remembering and recording lost skills, and the precious inherited wisdom of previous generations. There will be a Farmer's Market and lots of demonstrations focusing on cookery and skills such as butter and cheese making. For more info about this great event click here

Trim Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
The Trim Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is a spectacular colourful event suitable for all ages with over 30 exciting activities including a spectacular Magical Nightglow event. There will be lots of entertainment available which caters for the whole family. There will be storytelling, Punch & Judy Shows, face painting for the kids and a craft village, artisan food markets and concession stands for the adults. It takes place on the 7 -9th April.  For more hot air click here

Mallow Food Craft Fair
This event will take place on Easter Sunday 8th April 2012 as part of the Racing Home for Easter Festival. There will be food stalls from all over the country displaying their produce. The market runs from 9am until 2pm. Click here for more info.

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival
This great event runs from 27th-29th April in Howth. There will be cookery demonstrations, wine-tasting events and prawn shelling competitions alongside a food village packed with food stalls and tasting sessions and that is just during the day! The evening offers an opportunity to attend a Mystery Dine Around, sample the special festival menus in restaurants and pubs, watch the fireworks on the harbour and listen to in-house musical entertainment in Howth’s pubs. Click here for more info.
If you would like to have your foodie event added please contact Kat at thepurplepageireland (at)

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