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Food Festivals in Ireland 2013

All the foodies out there looking for interesting food festivals this year won’t want to miss the remarkable World Irish Stew Championship. This is a celebration of the famous food that has been served in Ireland for generations, a staple meal for many and still a favourite today. During the championship, which is held in numerous locations around the country and is part of The Gathering 2013, visitors will be able to sample many delicious stews from all across the country. Groups of professional cooks and enthusiastic amateurs can enter their own creations. The final is held at St Angela’s College in County Sligo and it is a feast for all the senses.

Another wonderful meeting of culinary minds takes place at the Festival of Fish, which is held in County Down in August. Visitors can enjoy delightfully fresh seafood, menus with a festive twist, competitions and much more. The festival takes place in Annalong, Ardglass, Kilkeel and Portavogie, all of which are character-filled little fishing villages making this festival a must-see for seafood fans.

Food Festivals in Ireland 2013 - Anchor ToursAnother festival for seafood lovers is the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival. Held in County Down every year in September, you try out some of the local food and you will also be able to see some fantastic entertainment including the World Oyster Eating Championships – guaranteed to entertain and delight!

Finally for all the chocoholics out there: you will want to head on down to the Hans Sloane Chocolate and Fine Food Festival in Killyleagh, County Down. Here you will be able to test out chocolate as well as some very tasty and locally sourced Irish foods from around the area. Watch a cookery demonstration or get involved with the action yourself – there is plenty for everyone here.

If you would like to bring your group to any of these fantastic food festivals, simply contact Anchor Tours here, email us at or call us on (042) 937 1405.