There are some great food events happening in Ireland in May, here is my pick of the best:
Kerrygold Ballymaloe Litfest (15th, 16th & 17th of May, Ballymaloe House and cookery school)
This food and drink literature festival is back for its 3rd year and is an event not to be missed if you love food and food literature. Spread over three days it’s an opportunity to attend workshops, talks and amazing food events from some international legends of the food world and to eat and drink many delicious things!
Appetite for Design: A Culinary Design Experience (8th of May to the 30th of June, The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny)
I probably won’t make it to Kilkenny to attend this but it sounds so interesting that it deserves a mention. It’s a food design exhibition that will “explore the design of methods and spaces where food is processed, distributed and consumed”. A series of events and eating experiences will take place during the time the exhibition is on.
Banter: The Future of Food Shopping (20th of May, 6-10pm, Twisted Pepper)
Banter is a series of panel discussions covering various different subjects hosted by Jim Carroll from the Irish Times. I was part of a panel last year and loved the concept. There will be a discussion about the future of food shopping on the 20th of May in the Twisted Pepper where the panel members will be:
Henry Dummer (Director of Marketing, Tesco)
Rachel Firth (General Manageer, Fallon & Byrne)
Joe Doyle (Founder, Donnybrook Fair)
Norman Rides (General Manager, Dublin Food Co-op)
Sheridans Irish Food Festival (24th of May, Sheridans Virginia Rd, Co. Meath)
I attended this festival last year and highly recommend it. This is an annual event organised by Sheridans Cheesemongers and showcasing Irish food producers including several cheesemakers. This is a family friendly event with free admission, live music, workshops and lots of food to purchase or taste.
Bloom (28th of May to the 1st of June, Phoenix Park)
Even if technically Bloom is a gardening event it is one of the best festivals in terms of Irish food. There is a huge food village with lots of Irish producers and also a stage where well-known Irish chefs do cookery demonstrations. I have been before and really enjoyed it, you can read my review here.