Ireland’s Food & Drink Guide November 2019
written by Melanie May
It’s November and baby, it’s cold outside. But these food and drinks festivals taking place across the island of Ireland should warm you right up. There are plenty of fun-filled and food-filled days out to satisfy even the fussiest of palates.
Here’s our guide to the many delicious food festivals taking place in Ireland in November 2019.
So, mark your calendars, and put on your eating pants – you will not want to miss out on these fab food festivals in Ireland in 2019.
1st – 3rd November 2019: Harbour Bar Toastie Festival
Location: Harbour Bar, Bray, Co Wicklow
The Harbour Bar Toastie Festival returns this year for another weekend of melty madness. This is a celebration of the much-loved cheese toastie. The ultimate comfort food. Are we right? If you love your cheese oozing out of your toastie like molten lava then this is the festival for you. Get yours to have with a drink in the bar or grab them to go and demolish at the end of the cliff walk, if you can wait that long.
1st – 4th November 2019: Waterville Sea and Lake Food Festival
Location: Waterville, Co Kerry
As part of Failte Ireland’s Taste the Island initiative, the Waterville Sea and Lake Food Festival highlights the wonderful bounty of the sea and lake around Waterville in County Kerry. You can join in a tapas trails and take a brewery tour and you can sit back and listen, and dance to, some live music in the local pubs and restaurants.
2nd – 3rd November 2019: Slow in the City
Location: Venues across Dublin 8
Slow Food Dublin celebrates the pleasure of eating and this year the Slow in the City Food Festival is part of Failte Ireland’s Taste the Island initiative. Taking place in different venues across Dublin 8, Slow in the City has a variety of ticketed, local experiences, including a special walk with Fab Food Trails and a Cocktail Masterclass at the Roe & Co Distillery. On Sunday, there will be workshops, a symposium and market held in NCAD with local producers, restaurants and chefs all of whom work by the Slow Food ethos.
7th – 12th November 2019: Listowel Food Fair
Location: Listowel, Co. Kerry
The 25th annual Listowel Food Fair takes place in venues around Listowel town, County Kerry. Events include cookery competitions, a craft fair and the Best Emerging Artisan Food Producer Awards. One of the highlights of this year’s festival is a dinner with Francis Brennan with culinary delights from Listowel’s top food producers and restaurants.
9th – 16th November 2019: Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey Week
Location: various bars across Ireland
Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey Week is a celebration of the many ways that you can enjoy Irish single pot still whiskey – with a beer, paired with food, in a cocktail and, of course, straight up. It is a 32 county event and the public can vote for their favourite venue which will be crowned Pot Still Hero at the end of the festival.
12th – 13th November 2019: Twilight Market
Location: St George’s Market, Belfast, Co Antrim
As part of Taste the Island, a special Twilight Market will take place at St George’s Market on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 November, from 4pm to 11pm. Last year the Twilight Market had over 60,000 visitors and it is one of the highlights of the Belfast food festival calendar. The Twilight Market has live music by local entertainers, chef demonstrations, local food and drink producers and local arts and crafts producers, all under twinkling lights.
22nd – 23rd November 2019: Whiskey Live
Location: The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin
Whiskey Live Dublin is Ireland’s premier whiskey tasting event, showcasing both the long-established and new arrivals to the Irish whiskey scene. The event also offers wonderful food pairings and cocktails provided by some of Dublin’s most esteemed bars and restaurants.
22nd – 23rd November 2019: Eatyard Presents The Winter Wine & Cheese Festival at Jam Park
Location: Jam Park, Swords, Co Dublin
You know it’s nearly the festive season when copious amounts of wine and cheese are consumed. Why not kick the silly season off in style with the Eatyard Winter Wine and Cheese Festival? With pop-up wine bars, pop-up cheese shops, a Winter Warmer bar serving all things mulled, a fondue shop as well as mac and cheese on the menu this is the ultimate in cheesy goodness. Of course, there will also be plenty of entertainment music and games too.
28th November – 1st December 2019: Taste of Dublin – Festive Edition
Location: RDS, Dublin
The festive edition of Taste of Dublin takes over the RDS this November and will transform it into a foodie haven. Festival-goers will be able to shop for essential festival ingredients from artisan producers, rub shoulders with Ireland’s top culinary talent, and take part in cocktail masterclasses, learn how to do tablescaping and enjoy wine tastings. You’ll also get the change to taste signature dishes from Dublin’s top restaurants, as well as off-menu items created exclusively for Taste of Dublin.