August 02, 2013

Irish Food Festivals and Events: 2 - 11 August 2013

Bray Summerfest
This year's SummerFest will take place over 5 weekends from 5th July to the 4th August. There will be over 60 free events covering music, kids workshops, sport, the airshow and of course food. 

A two-day festival in Cavan Town on the 10 & 11 August which celebrates locally produced food. Discover artisan cheese, chocolate, ice-cream, bread and much much more with over 75 stands taking part. There will be lots of cookery demos, events for the kids and a jazz band to keep everyone entertained. Admission is €2 and under 16s get in free. 

The Annascaul Beerfest is a charity event run by the people and publicans of Annascaul in West Kerry from the 2 – 5 August. It’s all about good beers, good music and good company — and all in aid of a good cause! There will be an Irish Craft Beer and Food Tasting, a bbq, music and lots of other events taking place.

Taking place from the 8 – 11 August this festival has a lot to offer with a colourful Festival Street Market, lively street entertainment, Artisan Craft & Food Stalls & local restaurants offering delicious fishy dishes, chowders and local cuisine. There will also be a sailing regatta on Carlingford Lough, guided medieval tours and the opportunity to try your hand at kayaking. There will, of course, be plenty of opportunities to try out the wonderful Carlingford Oyster. The Festival also features Morgan's Ocean Fresh Carlingford Oyster Pearl Competition.

The Horse Show is a Dublin institution and takes place in the RDS from the 7 - 11 August. It is one of Ireland's largest events in which the best show horses and the best international show jumpers compete for honours. If you aren’t into racing though there will be plenty of food, entertainment and shopping to keep you occupied. Or get your glad rags on and enter ladies day on the Thursday.

This festival takes place in Enniscrone, Co. Sligo from the 8 - 12 August. There will be a parade, live music, fireworks and a market day on the Sunday.

Throughout Meath with events running until September. Please see separate post here for more information.
This is one event we go as a family without fail every year. Farming traditions from the late 19th century are celebrated with displays of steam and horse threshing. There is also lots to discover with old traditions such as butter churning and metalwork being demonstrated. There is also lots for the kids to do with a funfair, a dog show and lots of animals on display. Indeed every year I have to be persuaded not to come home with a puppy! Takes place on Sunday 11th August in Co. Meath.

The National Country Fair is Ireland's national countryside event. This two-day family fair is a mix of fishing, shooting, and equestrian events and competitions. Visitors can enjoy one of the country's largest food festivals with dozens of artisan producers, a crafts fair and an antiques fair on offer. The Fair takes place at Borris House in Co. Carlow over the 3rd & 4th August. 

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

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