Festivals & Events

Food Events In August: 5 picks for your diary this month

Looking for food events in Ireland this August? Have no fear, I’ve got you covered.

It’s a pretty hectic month to be fair – there’s loads on offer for food and music fans (where music festivals tend to bring a lot of food these days) – so these 5 events are just the tip of the iceberg.

Check the full year list of events here.

1. Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival

Local producers, participants and organisers in the 2018 Enniscorthy Rockin' Food Festival. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Local producers, participants and organisers in the 2018 Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Starting in the South East, the Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival is back this August bank holiday weekend, running 3-6 August in and around Enniscorthy.

Think music, food, family events, more music, more food, and even more things to do for the family. There’s also the food marquee for demos and talks, and an impressive artisan food market with over 80 of the best local and national vendors.

Check out rockinfoodfestival.ie.

2. Taste of Cavan

The family food event of the summer for Cavan, this year’s Taste of Cavan takes place 10-11 August at the Cavan Equestrian Centre.

It’s a busy time too for Cavan with the county also in the running for this year’s Foodie Destinations award (voting open until Tuesday 21 August).

They’re promising a stellar lineup of chefs and over 120 stalls showcasing the very best of local and regional produce. There’s plenty too for the family and as the festival hits its seventh outing, there’s more than ever to take in in Cavan.

Check out tasteofcavan.ie for the full lineup.

3. The Big Grill Festival

Herbert Park in Dublin hosts the Big Grill 2018, running 16-19 August.

Big Grill Festival
Big Grill Festival

They’re bringing names like Jess Murphy (Kai Galway), Ramael Scully (Scully Restaurant), Nick Solares (Meat Life) and more to Dublin with the likes of Box Burger, Smokestak, Clanbrassil House and Fowl Play among a packed lineup for chefs and restaurants.

There’s plenty of demos, talks, tastings, beers, cider, wine and spirits to try out too.

Check biggrillfestival.com for more.

4. Taste of Kildare

Taste of Kildare

TV chef Martin Shanahan will be one of the star hosts at the first annual Taste of Kildare festival which takes place on Sunday August 19.

Shanahan will be joined by other leading Irish chefs, including Thomas Haughton and Ross Lewis, in a series of cookery demonstrations celebrating the best that the county’s great restaurants and food producers and suppliers have to offer.

The festival will be held in the amazing surroundings of the Walled Garden at the K Club, Straffan.

5. A Taste of Donegal

We’ve gone from Wexford, to Kildare, and now to Donegal.

For a real flavour of all the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer, Donegal is the place to be for the 10th anniversay of the Taste of Donegal gathering. Festivities kick off on 24 August, running through 26 August.

The outdoor market at A Taste of Donegal. Photo: atasteofdonegal.com
The outdoor market at A Taste of Donegal. Photo: atasteofdonegal.com

You’ll find Neven Maguire, Kevin Dundon, Gary O’Hanlon, Brian McDermott, Catherine Fulvio, Edward Hayden, Shane Smith, Stephen McAllister and loads more as part of a packed programme of events.

It all kicks off at 4pm on the Friday, with full details on atasteofdonegal.com.

If you’ve got an event coming up in September that you would like to suggest for the blog, or go one further and have a chat about for the new podcast, drop me a line. Check out the full festivals and events list here.

Ken McGuire

Digital media head now mixing it up in the world of broadcast media. Formerly Any Given Food (2010-2015), calling the food haven that is Kilkenny home. Award-winning podcaster turned broadcaster, find me on air weekdays 3-5.30pm on KCLR Drive.

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