June 05, 2012

June Foodie Festivals & Events

This event is taking place in Curraheen, Co.Cork from 15th to 17th June. There will be a huge range of things to see and do including Arts & Crafts, Cookery Demos, Martial Arts and a Gardening Advice section. There is also a Charity BBQ on the Saturday in aid of Children's Leukaemia Association & Cork Association for Autism.
This Festival features artists from the coastal and Celtic regions of Spain, England, Holland & Scotland whose traditions are linked by the voyage of the Spanish Armada, three of whose ships foundered on Streedagh Beach near Grange, Co. Sligo over 400 years ago. It takes place from 20th  - 24th June in Grange, Co. Sligo with music, drama and a lot of BBQ's happening. A street fiesta will take place on the Sunday which has been renamed 'Seafood Sunday' so there will be lots of seafood, shellfish & sea vegetables on offer and seaweed expert Prannie Rhatigan will be in attendance. 

Cloughjordan Festival
This festival brings 5 fun filled days to North Tipperary. With a range of events on offer including music, food, sports, arts & crafts there is something for everyone at Cloughjordan Festival. The festival kicks off on Wednesday 27 June and will run until Sunday 1 July.

Love Gourmet Week
For Love Gourmet Week 2012, ten of the best restaurants in Limerick and the Shannon region will offer a  dining experience from €35 per person. The ethos of the event will be a celebration of local produce, great Irish food and organic produce. As part of Love Gourmet Week, midweek promotions will take place in all participating restaurants with wine deals, cocktail specials and unique seasonal menus on offer to celebrate the event. This event runs from the 1st – 10th June. 

Irish Derby Festival 
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival will take place from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July. Alongside the prerequisite racing will be the Good Food Ireland Village. This will give racegoers an opportunity to taste and buy a whole range of Irish produced food. FromFarmhouse Cheese and Smoked Salmon Platters to Dry Cured Bacon to Prime Hereford Steaks and Handmade Sausage there is something to suit everyone's taste.

Sheep 2012 is a major sheep event being held at Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway on Saturday 30th June  at 10am. Sheep 2012 is an event that everyone with a commercial interest in sheep will want to attend. Attractions on the day will include: - Extensive range of commercial exhibitors, National sheep breed competitions, Sheep breed displays, Sheep dog trials, Demonstration of sheep dog training, Fencing demonstration and lots of workshops and seminars.

On June 17th communities across the country will gather for the third annual Street Feast. Street Feast is a day of local lunches across Ireland on 17th June, hosted by you and your neighbours. They can be held anywhere -  out on the street, in a local park, in a field, in your front garden. It's all about getting communities together to celebrate, eat good food and strengthen community links. Organise your own or join in Nationwide by finding one near you.

The Iveagh Gardens will once again play host to the Taste of Dublin from the 14th -17th June. Twenty of the city’s best restaurants will there for you to sample your way through and over 100 producers will be in attendance to fulfil any foodie fancies you might have. One of the highlights is Jamie Oliver's first ever Irish demonstration and the Kanchi Dine in the Dark event, where patrons sample food in complete darkness.
Ok not specifically an event but as a last treat if you haven't tried out Dublin's newest Mexican offering, 777,  are offering brunch  from 12-3pm on Saturday 23rd and Sunday the 24th of June FOR FREE. It's first come, first served and the last orders will be taken at 3pm. It's all in order to celebrate their new brunch menu.

Volvo Ocean Race
The 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race will end in Galway after completing an around-the-world journey which kicked  off in Alicante. The six yachts will sail into port around the 2th July but the party kicks off on 30th June with a massive agenda of events. Most of the events will take place in the Global Village which is a huge 17 acre site with sporting, lifestyle, cultural and entertainment events on offer. For all the foodies out there there will be cooking demos, an artisan food market, a global garden and much more. 

World Social Media Day: See separate post for more information. Cork, Saturday 30th June, 10.30am - 4pm.

N.B Even though the events section is updated weekly, dates and times are liable to change so please do check the websites yourself as well.
If you would like to have your foodie event added please contact Kat at thepurplepageireland (at) gmail.com

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