Delectable Delights await on the Dingle Peninsula
FOOD lovers from across Kerry and Ireland are set to whet their appetites in Dingle this October, as the town hosts the hugely popular Dingle Peninsula Food Festival over the weekend of the 4-6 October.
Founded in 2007, the festival showcases the amazing quality of the food that is locally produced, as well as the warm welcome offered in beautiful Corca Dhuibhne.
Once described as 'the most beautiful place on earth' by the National Geographic, Dingle is renowned for its restaurants, most of which offer excellent local seafood.
The Dingle Food Festival has grown steadily in popularity, since its inception, and is now considered the ultimate foodie destination for the weekend.
Highlights of this year's festival include a gourmet Taste Trail in over 70 outlets, where festival goers can purchase taste tickets and sample local cuisine delights in locations that vary from pubs and galleries to shops and restaurants.
The Dingle Food Festival also plays host to the finals of the annual Blas na hÉireann Awards, now in their sixth year. These National Irish Food Awards were devised by the festival and celebrate the quality of Irish food producers – with gold, silver and bronze medals being awarded in over 80 categories. The winners of this year's prestigious Awards, now regarded as the Oscar's of the food industry, will be announced on the Saturday of the Festival.
Other highlights of this year's Festival, will be outdoor food markets, cookery demonstrations, some as gaeilge, a host of children's activities, wine tastings, and the craft beer and cider festival which forms part of the annual event.
Full details of events, locations, dates and times can be found at www.dinglefood.com
WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO ...
Outdoor Food Markets
A food and wine market will operate throughout town, lining the streets of Dingle with tasty treats and delicious delicacies to delight your palate.
A highlight of the festival is the Taste Trail in over 70 outlets, where festival goers can purchase taste tickets and sample local cuisine delights in locations that vary from pubs and galleries to shop and restaurants.
Free cookery demonstrations will take place in St James' Church on Saturday and Sunday, where visitors can watch our talented chefs create flavoursome dishes that you can make when you get home.
Sample the grape delights from some of Ireland's boutique wine suppliers by following a host of wine merchants who will feature in this year's Taste Trail.
Beer & Cider Festival
This year, An Canteen Restaurant in Dykegate Lane will showcase craft breweries from Ireland on Saturday and Sunday from 1-6pm, among them Eight Degrees, Clack of Kinsale, Tempted Cider, Fransiscan Well, Cork, Beoir Chorca Dhuibhne and Mountain Men.
It's not just all about the food at this year's festival – the kiddies are well catered for as well with a great line up of children's entertainment in the town park on Saturday, including a Punch & Judy show; an animal road show; a demonstration from Scanlon's Pet Farm and face painting. There will also be cookery demonstrations for the little ones in the Big Blue Bus.FESTIVAL GOERS CAN PURCHASE TASTE TICKETS AND SAMPLE LOCAL CUISINE DELIGHTS IN LOCATIONS THAT VARY FROM PUBS AND GALLERIES TO SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS.