Top 5 Food Festivals in Northern Ireland

Top 5 Food Festivals in Northern Ireland
By Aideen Kerr

Northern Ireland has such a variety of festival fun throughout the summer that it can be a daunting task to try and pick out the events that are worth going to. We’ve sifted through all that’s on offer in 2014, and picked out some of the finest cuisine festivals which will get your tummy growling in anticipation. On top of live cooking demonstrations, all of these events boast live music, markets or entertainment to keep you occupied when you’re appetite is satisfied.     

 

1. Dalriada Festival of Sport, Music and Fine Food: 13th - 19th July 2014

Dalriada is one of Northern Ireland’s biggest cultural and food festivals with fun for all the family. Motivated by a love of country, this week-long shindig brings together Ireland and Scotland, and showcases all the traditions they have in common in the areas of food, culture, sport and music. Located in the historic Glenarm Castle Estate and its beautiful walled estate in Antrim, you won’t be sorry you visited to see what all the fuss is about. Enjoy some live music while you snack on something delicious from the selection of yummy stalls.    

For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/dalriadafestival/info   

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2. Flavours of the Foyle: 26th - 27th July 2014

Derry - Londonderry hosts this fabulous seafood affair over the course of a weekend in the stunning setting of the Guildhall Square, and entry is free. This event has a market feel to it and features lots of live cooking demonstrations with well-known chefs. Make a weekend of it and be sure to bring your appetite and your notepad. You're one step away from revolutionising your seafood cooking methods!  

For more information see: http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/Flavours-of-the-Foyle-Londonderry-Derry-P35366  

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3. The Festival of Fish: 23rd - 26th August 2014

Another fishy event that will get your taste buds going! Why not check out Kilkeel’s finest fish fest; peruse a food market and buy the highest quality locally sourced ingredients at affordable prices for your kitchen. Entertainment includes cooking demonstrations, an oyster eating competition, live music, waiter races, and lots more! It’s sure to be a bit of craic.  

For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/Kilkeel

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4. Larne Loves Food Festival: 27th September 2014

This one-day event is for food aficionados, so be sure to get down to Larne town centre and market yard to witness this town’s appreciation of good wholesome food. Come and see the town’s finest chefs in action, and taste some of what Larne has to offer. Restaurants and cafes will be providing discounts to their customers and special promotions for the day that’s in it. In case the delicious food isn’t enough to whet your fancy, there’ll be live music to keep you entertained!

For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/LarneAliveOfficial

 

5. Belfast Restaurant Week: 4th - 11th October 2014

Belfast Restaurant Week is a celebration of local cuisine and produce, and will be hosted in various restaurants across the city. Special menus will be created that focus on local tasty produce, and foodie events will take place in lots of the city’s restaurant hot spots. Discounted rates will also be available so don’t miss out. Keep an eye out for demonstrations with celebrity chefs and lots more to come!

For more information see: http://www.facebook.com/belfastrestaurantweek

 

 

 

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