There isn’t really any need to have an excuse to visit Dingle, but if you are looking for one then going to this festival is the perfect reason to get away for a great weekend.
The town is renowned for its restaurants, most of which offer excellent local seafood. Once cited as ‘The most beautiful place on earth' by the National Geographic, Dingle was voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor.
Dingle has a growing reputation in foodie circles voted Ireland's Best Foodie Town, and has seen some great restaurants and food shops establish themselves in recent years and as part of the festival both local and national chefs will give cookery demonstrations, concentrating on making the best of great Irish ingredients.
The Dingle Food Festival has grown steadily in popularity and is a food lover’s dream. Tasting menus are available in all local restaurants on Friday and Saturday nights and throughout the weekend.
Highlights of the festival include a Taste Trail in over 80 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.
The Dingle Food Festival plays host to the annual Blas na hÉireann awards, now in their seventh year. These National Irish Food Awards were devised and are organised by the Festival. Blas na hÉireann highlight and celebrate the quality of the best Irish food producers and award gold, silver and bronze medals in over 30 categories.
There will be lots of entertainment laid on, with opening and closing parties, live music on the streets and in local pubs and for those who want to work off some of the gourmet excess a cycle around beautiful Slea Head. A food and wine market running all weekend will allow you to stock up on goodies to take home.
Kids will find plenty to do at Dingle Town Park with Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Juggling, Exotic animals and a wonderful Punch and Judy Show.
The Dingle Food Festival is organised by a voluntary committee of local people on a non profit making basis. They endeavour to have as many of the events free of charge as possible and some events do have a small cover charge purely to cover costs.
Any profits generated are donated to charity and this year’s beneficiaries include Action Breast Cancer, Hope Guatemala and Kerry Hospice. All donations to these very worthy causes are very welcome and there will be donation buckets stationed at various points throughout the Festival.
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