Six of the very best outdoor food experiences coming up across Ireland
Craving a summer spent lapping up delicious, home-grown food? Allow us to whet your appetite...
Ireland has been proving itself to be quite the foodie destination for quite some time now, and we can’t think of a better way to spend the summer than enjoying all the delicious goodness the country and its people have to offer.
Whether it’s a pop-up event hosted by a world-renowned chef, or a meeting of minds in celebration of community, we love an excuse to sit down around a table and bond over the magic of food.
Throughout the coming months, there are plenty of food-focussed events taking place throughout the length and breadth of the country that are sure to draw a salivating crowd. We’ve rounded up the cream of the crop, so if you’re partial to an outdoor food experience, here’s where to head…
The George Motz Pop-Up World Tour
Thursday 19 May, Dash Burger, Urban Brewing, Dublin
Bringing his signature smashed burgers to the people of Dublin and beyond, filmmaker, author and burger guru George Motz will be serving up his take on the historic Oklahoma onion burger at an outdoor cookout this month. You can expect live music from great DJs, craft beers on tap and a fully stocked cocktail bar.
West Waterford Festival of Food
Friday 10 – Sunday 12 June, across multiple locations throughout West Waterford
Returning for their 13th festival after a two year break, West Waterford Festival of Food shines a spotlight on locally produced, wholesome food and home cooks that make the county what it is. The festival programme features an eclectic mix of events ranging from seven-course tastings and sharing plates to outdoor discovery and a long table feast. With food stalls and art trails, there’s something for everyone.
Taste of Dublin
Monday 16 – Thursday 19 June, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin
An unmissable highlight on the Irish festival calendar, Taste of Dublin sees the most well-known name on the foodie scene descend on the Iveagh Gardens in celebration of eating, drinking and entertainment. The atmosphere is top notch, with plenty of masterclasses and demos taking place across the four days, this is the ultimate destination to sample and shop the best of Irish produce.
Street Feast 2022
Sunday 26 June, with open registration to host your own Street Feast anywhere in Ireland
A national day of community lunches set up to tackle isolation and help forge stronger bonds between neighbours and friends, Street Feast 2022 will give you an excuse to host your very own event. With registration open to anyone and everyone, you’ll be sent out a free party pack complete with bunting, posters, invites and a DIY guide.
Galway International Oyster Festival 2022
Friday 23 – Sunday 25 September, The Claddagh, Galway
The world’s longest running oyster festival shines a spotlight on all things seafood across the weekend in Galway. With live music, oyster opening competitions, cookery demos and freshly caught seafood fit for a king, this event has become an eagerly-anticipated date in the Irish foodie calendar.
Big Grill BBQ & Food Festival
Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 August, Herbert Park, Dublin
Bringing over 50 chefs and 20 restaurants to Herbert Park for four days of fire, food and fun, Big Grill BBQ & Food Festival is bringing the heat. There’ll be plenty of talks, tastings and demos taking place throughout, as well as music and live performances from DJs, brass bands and live acts. Chilli eating challenges are on the cards, and the new addition of long table feasts for the 2022 instalment of this fantastic foodie fest.