In October, Kinsale, the gourmet food capital of Ireland, holds the Kinsale Food Festival promising a host of culinary delights, appearances from renowned celebrity chefs and a range of entertainments for all the family.
Kinsale Food Festival
Situated on the West Cork Coast outside Cork City, the quaint fishing port of Kinsale has long been associated with the finest seafood and gourmet cuisine and has been at the heart of Ireland's culinary circles for decades. Each year in October, the town holds the world famous Kinsale Food Festival, celebrating the very best of what the town's numerous local restaurateurs, who make up Kinsale's Good Food Circle, can offer.
Seafood is more than just a specialty in Kinsale, it's a way of life, and at the Kinsale Food Festival visitors can sample the fruits of the local catch, as well as produce sourced from local Irish farmers, all served with the continental flair of modern Irish cuisine.
Along with the mouth watering delights offered during the Kinsale Food Festival, this culinary capital also boasts beautiful scenery and some fascinating sights. Perched overlooking the harbour is Charles Fort dating from the 17th century, evoking memories of the Battle of Kinsale, a pivotal event in Irish history. While the coast around Kinsale is dotted with secluded beaches and dramatic coastline. For golfers, visiting Kinsale brings you the opportunity to play at one of the most unique courses in the world, the Old Head of Kinsale, situated on a thin finger of land with sheer cliffs either side of the green.
While the food festival is undoubtedly the best time to visit Kinsale, a trip to this picturesque village is a must for any vacation to Ireland and you should definitely book a table.
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Festivals to see on your Ireland vacation
- Cork Week - July
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- The Dublin Horse Show - August
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- The Rose of Tralee - August
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- Irish Match Making Festival Lisdoonvarna - September
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- Galway International Oyster Festival - September
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- Belfast Festival at Queens - October
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- The Guinness Jazz Festival Cork - October
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