April 03, 2013

April Food Festivals & Events

This great event runs from 25th-28th April in Howth. There will be cookery demonstrations, wine-tasting and prawn shelling competitions alongside a food village packed with food stalls and sampling opportunities 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 information and here to see a blog post about last year’s event. 

This year’s festival has expanded to include a wide range of events and activities which will take place from the 4th - 21st April. There will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate Japan and Japanese culture with events taking place at a variety of locations around the city including Chester Beatty Library, Trinity College, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and others. The main festival event, the Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Festival, is taking place this Sunday 7th April at the Farmleigh House & Estate in the Phoenix Park. See here for the current list of activities.

The second International Grandmothers Day Celebration 2013, “A celebration of Food Heritage and Forgotten Skills”, will take place on Saturday 20th and  Sunday 21st April at Sandbrook House, Co. Carlow.This weekend is a celebration of our food heritage and is dedicated to remembering and recoding lost skills & the precious inherited wisdom passed down by previous generations. Click here for more information. 

Heading into its seventh year, this festival celebrates the richness and diversity of Ireland's 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 11th - 14th April. Visit here for event listings. One of the events is A Wine Goose Chase which is a one woman performance and which fuses interactive wine tasting with storytelling in a warm intimate setting. I saw this at the Fringe Festival last year and if you can get a ticket it is well worth going to.

If you would like to have your food event or festival added please contact Kat at thepurplepageireland (at) gmail.com. Dates are always subject to change so please check the event website before getting all geared up to go out!

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