Indie Beer Open Evening @ Blacks Brewery
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Indie Beer Open Evening

The Annual open evening at Blacks Brewery is Back! And bigger than ever! Live music from fantastic local band King K. Come on down for a look around the brewery and distillery and sample some local craft beer and spirits. In celebration of Indie Beer Week!

Over 18’s only

Free drinks and great live music, Grab your tickets today!

All of the €5 entry ticket price goes to the RNLI Lifeboats.

Long Day Long Table Dinner
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Long Day Long Table Dinner

For this Long Day Long Table Dinner, Eight Degrees Brewing, in association with Galty Valley Catering, is bringing the best of local food to the brewery to pair with their naturally adventurous beers.

On Friday 22 June, at 7pm, the team will be opening the doors and welcoming guests to their first Long Day Long Table Dinner.

To celebrate the summer solstice, which falls between 20 and 22 June, they’ve put together an elegant set menu that will be presented in the atmospheric surroundings of the newly operational #MauritiustoMitchelstown brewery.

Five courses have been carefully designed by Galty Valley’s Mary, based around producers like Ballinwillan House, The Apple Farm, Hanley’s Butchers, Kildinan Farm, Gubbeen Smokehouse, Crowe’s Farm and Macroom Buffalo Farm.

They will talk you through each course, paired with one of their beers, each carefully chosen to enhance the other.

It promises to be a wonderful night of beer, food and company.

Tickets are €60 per person for a five course set menu paired with beers.

As this is a one-off special set menu, they regret that we cannot cater for dietary issues.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Over 18s only.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is parking at the brewery on Friday evening. The gates will shut for the night at 11pm but they will be open again on Saturday morning from 7am – 1pm, for anyone who needs to collect their car at that stage. The gates will be then closed until 7am on Monday morning.

Bus Eireann is the best way of getting to / from Mitchelstown on public transport. The route is the Expressway X8 and you can look at the timetable here.

Is there accommodation nearby?
The nearest options are Ballinwillin House (find it on Booking.com) and the Firgrove Hotel.

More details
https://www.eightdegrees.ie/long-table-dinner/ or email caroline@eightdegrees.ie

Seaweed Demo, Talk & Cooking with Marie Power
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Seaweed Demo, Talk & Cooking with Marie Power

Marie Power, aka, The Sea Gardener, grew up on the Copper Coast of Co. Waterford and leads walks, give talks & workshops on seaweed and rocky shore ecology for people who want to know more about this indigenous health food. Marie’s workshops are entertaining & educational.

As part of this morning, you will learn about the different types of seaweed available on our shores, the best time to pick it, how to store it, learn to recognise varieties, how to taste it and also how to cook seaweed.

Tickets cost €25 per person and are available from Blackwater and on 024 92725

Open Day for Alana @ Hydro Farm Allotments
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Taste of Wicklow
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – Jul 1 @ 8:00 pm

Taste of Wicklow

Wicklow Chamber & the festival committee are delighted to welcome you to a wonderful weekend for the Taste of Wicklow which kicks off with the start of the Round Ireland Yacht Race and a full programme of family entertainment afterwards at the historic Black Castle.

The festivities continue with a new event Live Music at the Abbey Grounds with a variety of National and Local talents ready to put on an unforgettable show from 5pm until 10pm. On Sunday, the Taste of Wicklow returns for its sixth year, having established itself as the leading food festival on in the South East.

We hope you take the time to shop in Wicklow Town, to visit our coffee shops, restaurants, our local pubs and enjoy everything that our lovely coastal town has to offer. Enjoy the Festival, have a great weekend in Wicklow Town.


Robin Bradley, President
Wicklow Town & District Chamber of Commerce.


Pascal Burke, Chairman
Taste of Wicklow 2018 Committee

Sheep 2018: Farm to Fork
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sheep2018: Farm to Fork

Event Time 10am
Venue Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway

Sheep 2018: Farm to Fork is the major sheep event in Ireland this year and takes place in Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway on Saturday, 7th July 2018 starting 10.00am and finishing at 6.00pm.

Sheep 2018: Farm to Fork, is proudly supported by Irish Country Meats, and is organised by Teagasc, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Galway County Council, Sheep Ireland, Bord Bia, UCD, and Irish Farmers Journal. Admission is Free.

There is a positive outlook for sheep production, and this event will bring together all interested parties, with the common aim of capitalising on the potential that sheep production offers.

However, this is not just a sheep event. It will also be of interest to those with an interest in rural affairs.

Food Village

This year, to tie in with Galway having been awarded the European Region of Gastronomy designation, there will be a significant emphasis on food. This will be hosted in a specially designated Food Village. Teagasc has linked up with Bord Bia and Galway County Council for this aspect of the event.

The food village will include food science, cooking demonstrations, artisan food, and food markets. Information relating to establishing a food company will also be available.

Event Programme

There will be a comprehensive programme, in booklet form, covering all activities and this will be distributed free of charge to all attending.

Attractions on the day include:

  • Extensive range of Commercial Exhibitors
  • Sheep Breed Competitions
  • Sheep Breed Displays
  • Demonstration of Sheepdog Training
  • Food Village

Technical information on all aspects of sheep production:

  • Grassland
  • Breeding
  • Nutrition
  • Flock Health

Villages throughout the site which will include practical workshops:

  • Flock Health
  • Grassland Management
  • Sheep Breeding
  • Hill Sheep Production
  • Environmental Awareness and Management
  • Agricultural Education
  • Wool and Wool Products
  • Meat Industry and Markets
  • The Science of Farming
  • Health and Safety

Sheep 2018: Farm to Fork, is proudly supported by Irish Country Meats

Blarney in Bloom
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Blarney in Bloom

Join in for Blarney in Bloom our Family and Garden Show in Blarney Castle on Sunday, July 15th.

Farmers Markets, Arts and Crafts, Specialist Speakers as well as the fantastic Dog Show this really is a family day out to suit everyone.

This spectacular event on July 15th is now open for trade stand registration. Last year it was fully booked so book now and don’t be disappointed. Put the date in your diary as we will be needing your support on the day,

Looking for more info? Contact Anne today at: anne@guidedogs.ie or on 021 4878 259

Open 10am – 5pm
Entry €8
Under 12s are FREE

Cork Dessert Festival
Jul 23 @ 12:30 pm – Jul 29 @ 8:00 pm

Cork Dessert Festival

The Festival Crew are delighted to announce the 2018 Cork Dessert Festival taking place from 23rd July to 29th July.

Businesses across the city and county will take part in the festival, offering the best desserts. Check out Festival Crew webpage for more details.

The Festival Crew is made up by a creative team of experienced people with a proven track record in creating, establishing and managing festivals e.g Cork Food Festival (similar to Taste of Dublin) attracting over 25,000 visitors, Oktoberfest Beag with over 15,000 visitors and FEAST (formerly Midleton Food and Drink Festival) drawing over 28,000 visitors.



Big Grill 2018
Aug 16 @ 11:00 am – Aug 19 @ 9:00 pm

Big Grill 2018

The Big Grill is Europe’s largest BBQ festival, and returns for its fifth year from 16th – 19th August 2018 in Herbert Park, Dublin 4.

The festival celebrates the art of cooking with fire & smoke bringing chefs cooks and pitmasters from Ireland, UK and further along with over 20,000 visitors to smell, taste, discover and learn about all kinds of barbecuing, grilling, smoking, vegetables, meats, delicacies and drinks.

Over 20 restaurants join for the weekend, with the only rule being they must cook with live fire using natural charcoal and wood only; no gas or electricity. Cue competitive fire pit builds in the lead up to the festival and plenty of theatre over the weekend. This years fire-filled line up, curated by pitmaster & festival co-founder Andy Noonan, has a distinct international street food vibe with New York, London, Buenos Aires and Birmingham all represented.

McKenna Guides


“The Great and the Good of the Grill came to Herbert Park in Dublin in August, propelling this inspired celebration of fire and eating into the first division of food festivals in Ireland. There was so much good cooking going on that it was hard to know where to start, and where to stop. And it’s all happening again in August, so get your Whole Hog tickets now.”

A Taste of West Cork
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm

A Taste of West Cork

A Taste of West Cork Food Festival is so much more than just a festival which happens to be about food; It is a festival that celebrates all that is unique about West Cork – the food, the producers, the landscape and the people – the magic ingredients.

The beauty of West Cork draws many artists, writers, craftsmen and food producers to the area and A Taste of West Cork Food Festival showcases the wonderful food and food creators in this very special place. It brings together a unique mix of food markets and cooking demonstrations, food tastings and cookery competitions, special dinners, brunches and banquets, talks and exhibitions, children’s events, adventures and more.

A Taste of West Cork is one of Ireland’s longest running food festivals and is fast becoming a premier event on the food calendar.  The festival is one of the best opportunities for the many local producers and chefs to showcase their wares to people passionate about food.

A Taste of West Cork Food Festival understands how important local food is to the regional economy and with its wealth of artisan food producers, supportive retailers and markets, talented chefs and award-winning restaurants, West Cork continues to attract visitors.  Our world renowned food combined with the most idyllic landscape makes A Taste of West Cork Food Festival the perfect festival for all the family.

The Festival programme includes the much loved traditional open-air street food and craft market, daily walks, interactive workshops, food demonstrations and tastings, themed nights in restaurants, traditional music sessions and much more.

There is something to tempt every palate and many of the events are free or minimum charges apply so there is something to suit everyone’s pocket.