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Five Irish Food Events To Visit In November

Looking for food events or festivals to hit in November? While the evenings may be closing in, there’s still plenty to see and do in the world of food.

Christmas markets won’t be too far away from starting up but before we start pulling crackers and roasting chestnuts on the side of the street, here’s a few other events you could go to this month.

Taste of Louth

A Taste of Louth

12 & 13 November

This year’s Taste of Louth runs at the Marshes Shopping Centre in Dundalk and is in aid of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. It’s the fifth outing for the event, featuring the finest local produce from Co. Louth along with live cookery demonstrations and entertainment. Exhibitors include Brehon Brewhouse, De-Lish Donuts, Red Dog Foods, Bakes With Love, Freebird Ventures, Scotts Cider.

There’s plenty of updates about it here on Facebook.

Wild & Slow 2016

The food market at Wild & Slow - there'll be plenty to see, taste and explore in Wickow on 12 & 13 November. Photo:
The food market at Wild & Slow – there’ll be plenty to see, taste and explore in Wickow on 12 & 13 November. Photo:

12 & 13 November

I posted an interview with Evan Doyle and Ed Hick last week, two of the forces behind Wild & Slow, Slow Food Ireland’s festival celebrating the best of Ireland’s food – traditional, local, organic and wild. There’s loads of workshops, talks, stalls and more to be had over two days.

Check out for full festival details.

Belfast Beer & Cider Festival

Belfast Beer & Cider Festival

17 – 19 November

One for real beer and cider lovers, Ulster Hall hosts the Belfast Beer & Cider Festival again this year. Split into a number of different sessions across the weekend.

Sessions are either £5 or £8 but if you’ve got a CAMRA or Beoir membership, it’s £2 at all times, with the admission fee including a programme and a souvenir glass. With around 100 real ales, ciders and perries on offer, there’s plenty to quench the thirst in Belfast.

Get all the details on

BITE 2016

Bite Food Festival 2016

18 – 20 November

The RDS plays host this year to this year’s BITE Food Festival. Billed as Ireland’s biggest artisan food and drink festival, there’s plenty of demonstrations, hands-on cooking lessons, drinks masterclasses, tastings and more, all surrounded by some of the very best food producers from all corners of the country.

Tickets are available here in advance or see

The Great Irish Food Quiz

23 November

The Great Irish Food Quiz

Created by Chef Aine Maguire of The Idle Wall, Westport, the Quiz regularly raises much needed funds in just a few short hours of fun and fierce competition. The four-person teams made up of representatives from the food community, restaurants, hotels, PR Companies, blogging world, chefs and general greedy guts will once again battle it out to be the best and win some great prizes too.

It’s a fundraiser with teams of four costing €100.

Got an event you’re running or hosting this November? Let me know by email here or tweet @kenmcguire.

Get the full list of Irish food events and food festivals here.

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Ken McGuire

Broadcaster and sports writer at KCLR96FM; digital media head with a production eye on theatre, film and video; lover of all things food and music. Currently working on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu game.

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