Listowel Food Fair

Over the past 23 years, Listowel Food Fair has grown  and is now regarded as one of the top food fairs in Ireland. 

The nation's foodies will find themselves in their element in the dairy-producing heartlands of North Kerry at the Listowel Food Fair delivering yet another delectable platter of everything from exciting cookery demonstrations to winning recipes and well-deserved awards.

The Listowel Food Fair is the longest running food festival in Ireland and aims to showcase the food producers of Kerry, which it certainly does, very deliciously!

Listowel is well known for its hospitality and ability to hold festivals (best known are Listowel Races and Writers Week) and now you can enjoy a weekend dedicated to food with a little bit of drink, music and “Craic” thrown in.

The week is packed with demonstrations, tastings, competitions and workshops. Competitions include ones for the public – the one for best home baker in Kerry is hotly contested – and commercial food producers.

Literary and food Taste Trails take visitors around various venues to sample both the food and the culture of Listowel, while guided Wild Food Walks teach how to find and eat delicious foods freely available in the countryside, without poisoning yourself!

Over the food fair days you can enjoy lots of events including Farmers Market, Cook & Wine Book Sale,  Listowel Food Fair Awards Dinner (7  course meal), The finest reared local Pork with Live Jazz  at John B Keanes, a half marathon, Cookarama Baking workshop, Children’s Cupcake Decorating & Storytelling, Listowel Food Trail, Landscape Art Exhibition,  Craft Fair, The Maurice Walsh Whiskey Experience and lots more.

Ireland’s longest running food festival promises a feast of culinary entertainment .  Live cookery demonstrations, expert led workshops, a food trail and “jazzed up” farmers’ markets are just some of the fun food activities to enjoy. 

The Listowel Food Fair programme has been designed with families, children, artisan producers and food enthusiasts alike in mind,”  

 “they have always endeavoured to offer a diverse range of events with something for everyone and look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to their celebrations.”

As home to the late, great John B Keane and an annual literary festival, Listowel has long adopted the mantle of literary capital of The Kingdom, but is increasingly making a name for itself on the food front.

While Neidín travels under duress, still bristling at Keane’s decision to have his fictional characters from The Field, Bull McCabe and son, kill a donkey and chuck the carcass in a lake, The Menu is keen to put on his own nosebag for a series of local Dining Circle events

The child-friendly festival includes workshops for children as well as demos for adults. The flagship event is the Food Fair Awards Dinner, a seven-course tasting menu incorporating produce from this year’s winning food producer with gongs also handed out for Food Book of the year, Local Food Hero & Lifetime Achievement Award.

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