Trying to decide how to spend one of the last weekends of summer? Why not treat your inner foodie and pop along to one of the food festivals taking place from Friday - Sunday.

Trying to decide how to spend one of the last weekends of summer? Why not treat your inner foodie and pop along to one of the food festivals taking place from Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th August.

Whether you want to pick up some tips from top chefs, taste some of the best Irish Craft Beers or have a fun day out for all the family, there's a festival to suit you.

A Taste of Donegal Food Festival

Now in its 5th year, the Taste of Donegal Food Festival has an impressive three day programme sure to captivate, inspire and entertain.

Not only will visitors get to enjoy a host of exhibits from local food producers, restaurants and hotels, there will be a number of celebrity chefs demonstrating how to cook some of their favourite dishes. Expect to see Jack Stein, Carl Clarke from Disco Bistro in London, Neven Maguire, Kevin Dundon and Donegal Food Ambassador Gary O'Hanlon over the course of the festival along with an array of accomplished local chefs sharing their expertise.

Masterclasses are also on the agenda so if you want to learn more about choosing the right wine, get some tips from top mixologist Rob McHardy or talk beer with Newstalk's Dean McGuinness, then you are in the right place.

Not all of the entertainment will come in the form of food however with the Dean Martin Tribute Band on site Saturday and Sunday and Friday night's firework display is sure to impress.

Tickets are reasonably priced with a weekend pass available at €7.50, adult day passes for €3 and child day passes for €1.

Check out the full 2013 Programme here.

Doolin Irish Craft Beer Festival

The 2nd annual Doolin Irish Craft Beer Festival will take place in Hotel Doolin, Co. Clare this weekend and is a celebration of Irish Craft Brewing, Irish music and artisan Irish food.

With over 15 Irish Craft Beers available at the festival from some of the country's best microbreweries, there will also be dozens of other beers and ciders showcased throughout the weekend. With beers coming from microbreweries in Carlow, Cork, Waterford, Tipperary, Kildare and Galway, beer connoisseurs and aspiring aficionados are in for a great weekend.

Not only will the array of craft beer impress visitors but the selection of artisan food is sure to be a mouth-watering addition to the programme with Doolin Hotel's head chef hosting food suppliers from lunchtime until late.

Entry costs €10 and this will include a commemorative glass. For more information visit their website.

Dalkey Lobster Festival 

The Dalkey Lobster Festival is taking place this weekend and is a celebration of all the town has to offer.

The tagline Lobster, Crab and all that Jazz sums up the three day event as visitors can enjoy locally produced food while soaking in the atmosphere and with events like balloon making, face painting and outdoor live music there is sure to be something to appeal to the whole family.

For more information visit their Facebook page.

Sinead Brennan




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