We have rounded up a fine selection of courses and festivals ensuring you need never be bored (or hungry) this summer! There’s everything on offer: from days out, sharing food with friends or learning a new skill.
Fermentation, all the rage right now. From Scobys to kefir grains, find your favourite method to preserve!
Fermentation Workshop – Wexford
Seafield, Duncormick, Co Wexford
Date: Friday, 9 August
Time: 19:00 – 21:30.
Price: €38 per person
Interested in the latest but one of the most ancient forms of food preservation? Learn the basics of fermentation from 2 professional chefs. Find out how make: Water Kefir; Sauerkraut; Hot sauce; Pickling/Brining and more. Pick up some quirky recipes along the way, that you can try out at home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Kombucha + Kraut, Enniscorthy
Smyth’s Homevalue, 10 Rafter St. Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Date: Saturday 10th August
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Price: €43.55 per person
@colmsclasses is on the road and teaming up with Betty & Co in Smyth’s Homevalue, Enniscorthy.
The class features…
– Tea & Scones on arrival.
– small class size – the class will start with a discussion on fermentation and it’s long recognised benefits.
– Recipes and guidance throughout.
– You leave with a jar of kombucha SCOBY and starter tea and a jar of kraut which you will make yourself. Everything is provided, so make sure to bring a bag to take you creations home with you. Book here.
Food tours are flavour of the month. They are a fantastic way to spend a summers day, grazing on local food or visiting a local food producer’s smallholding. Here are just a few to whet your appetite…
Sligo Food Tour with Hans and Gaby Wieland
Sligo Tourist Information, O’Connell Street, Sligo
Dates: Saturdays: 3,17 & 31 August
Time: From 2pm, duration is 3 to 3.5 hours
Price: €64.91 per person
Explore Sligo’s vibrant food scene on a leisurely walk with Gaby and Hans, who will introduce you to their favourite cafes, restaurants, shops and pubs. Hear exciting stories about the people behind the food along the way as well as the history of Irish foods.The tour visits 7-8 spots featuring traditional and modern dishes as well as iconic foods of Sligo all prepared in small family owned businesses. More details on Eventbrite
Clonakilty Walking Food Tour
Aris Cafe & Wine Bar (upstairs), Asna Square, Clonakilty, Co Cork
Dates: Fridays, July to September
Time: From 11am to 3pm
Price: €48.90 per person
A tasty tour of Clonakilty visits a wide range of food producers from meat, cheese, ice cream, beer, chocolate, bread and of course the wonderful Clonakilty Farmers’ Market. This guided tour with food writer Kate Ryan will connect you to the people, places and stories that make the award winning town of Clonakilty such a vibrant foodie hub.
Tour includes all food and drink samples. It is not suitable for children under 12 years old. All except the first and final stop on the tour is wheelchair accessible. More details here.
And finally, a selection of foodie festivals coming to a place near you!
Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival: Wexford : 2 – 5 Aug
BeatYard: Dublin, Dun Laoghaire : 3 & 4 Aug
Eatyard Wine & Cheese Festival : Dublin, Iveagh Gardens : 8 – 11 Aug
Taste of Cavan: Cavan, Latt : 9 & 10 Aug
Big Grill Festival: Dublin, Herbert Pk, D4 : 15 – 18 Aug
Taste of Donegal: Donegal town : 23 – 25 Aug