This week, the Complete Savings Blog is looking forward to brighter days ahead, and the beginning of festival season around the country. Ireland is famed for its festivals, and they are a driving force in the economy. The Irish retail sector is beginning to show signs of life again, and these events are fun and exciting ways to boost the recovery. They invigorate local business, bring in tourism, and most of all, give us a reason to celebrate and enjoy the very best of Ireland. You’ll find food festivals popping up year-round, but here are the first two on the calendar this year.
tastes of sea and land in the harbour town of Dungarven
For a little seaside community, Dungarven punches far above its weight with the West Waterford Festival of Food. The small, scenic town of 9000 residents has come together to showcase the culinary delights of the area since 2008. This year the festival runs from April 10th to April 14th, with a huge range of free and affordable events for the whole family. Past years have included demonstrations from Michelin star chefs and a “Bus Bia” bus tour of local food producers’ farms, workshops, breweries, and kitchens. Special package deals with accommodation and festival tickets offer great savings for savvy foodies.
discover “the best of the west” at the Galway Food Festival
Spanning the long Easter weekend of April 17th to the 21st 2014, the Galway Food Festival is in its 3rd year. There’s a flourishing gourmet scene in the coastal city, and the festival is a joint effort by local food artisans, suppliers, and restaurateurs to highlight the unique character of Galway’s dining scene. Cookery classes, special tasting menus, outdoor events (including foraging trips), and much more are planned to take place in Galway city and the surrounding area. Most events are free to the public, though some require pre-registration. Thanks in part to a very savvy social media presence, this young festival is growing in strength and popularity. 2014 promises to be the best year yet. Keep your eye on the website for special offers and online booking as the festival approaches.
Food shopping is a constant in our lives, but beyond your usual lap around the grocery shop there’s a whole world of exciting food experiences to be had. While you wait for the weather to warm up, check out the local producers and suppliers in your own area. You may uncover a new favourite just around the corner. Do you have a favourite artisan food shop, market, or website you’d like to suggest? The Complete Savings Blog would love to hear about it!