Not only are food and drink events a great day out, they are a brilliant way to build contacts within the food world and can also provide invaluable inspiration to those who are considering starting a food business. Festivals and events are a great resource to discover what food business concepts work and do not work, what people like (the stalls with the longest lines!) and those ideas which may seem great but aren’t quite understood by the customer (the stalls with no line!). Many of the people running stalls at these food festivals will be more than willing to have a chat if they aren’t too busy and you ask nicely. You should pick their brain and ask them any questions you may have in regards to challenges they faced or ones you are currently facing after all they were once in your shoes.
Summer tends to be the peak time for events- rain, sleet or snow in Ireland. We have compiled a list of the food festivals and events on during summer 2017, so get the diary out and start planning some trips.
Taste of Dublin (15th-18th)
Westport Food Festival (23rd-25th)
Flavours of South Dublin (25th)
The Irish G&T Festival (25th-July 1st)
Cork and Kerry Food Forum (26-27th)
Cork Dessert Festival (26th-July 2nd)
Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival (6th-9th)
Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival (4th-7th)
The Big Grill Festival (10th-13th)
Taste of Cavan (11th-12th)
A Taste of Donegal (25th-27th)