Food festivals

What I Learned at Litfest

by Kristin on May 25, 2015

What did you learn at Litfest? That was the question that was put to me and 14 others by Marie Claire Digby from the Irish Times last week. We had to limit our answers to two or three sentences, but there was a wealth of newly gained knowledge to choose from. Here are my highlights. […]


Inishfood 2012

by Kristin on May 22, 2012

Knowledge, moderation and interdependency — the three pillars of pleasure in food, according to Ed Hick at his talk at this past weekend’s Inishfood festival in County Donegal. He could well have been talking about the foundations of the success of the festival itself. Knowledge means knowing the name of the person you’re buying your […]


Bloom 2011

by Kristin on June 6, 2011

Bloom, Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event, takes place in the Phoenix Park in Dublin during the June bank holiday weekend for five days. I’m sure the show gardens were lovely, but I never made it out of the Food Village. I pretty much ate and shopped my way around the village when I […]


Sheridans Irish Food Fair 2011

by Kristin on June 1, 2011

“The milk, cream, and butter in Ireland regularly set me dreaming,” writes Corby Kummer in The Atlantic, who also swoons over our farmhouse cheeses and brown bread. And who can blame him? “For sheer quality of ingredients,” he says, “it’s hard to eat better in Europe than in Ireland.” Photo courtesy of Sheridans Cheesemongers The […]


Waterford Festival of Food 2011

by Kristin on April 26, 2011

I’m turning into the kind of person who will go to great lengths for a good meal. Last month I drove 3 hours north to Inishowen just to eat at Harrys Restaurant in Co. Donegal, and 2 weeks ago I drove 3 hours south to Dungarvan to go to the Waterford Festival of Food. I […]


Inishfood: A Stone Soup Festival

by Kristin on March 17, 2011

In the classic children’s story Stone Soup, three tired, hungry soldiers arrive in a village looking for food and a bed to sleep in. At first the villagers are wary, so the soldiers sigh and say there’s nothing for it but to make stone soup. They put three round, smooth stones into a large pot […]