Oysters anyone?

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Dublin fishing shop

If its beer you’re after this summer, look no further than Doolin, Co Clare which will have not just any beer but that brewed by master brewers form all over Ireland along with the finest food producers form north Clare at their festival which takes place in the third week in August. A fine accompaniment for the rich trad music in O’Connor’s and other local haunts. Hic

 

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Okay so if diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but pearls, well they come with benefits, oysters and lots of em. Okay, maybe that’s a slight stretch but after four full days of oysters and family fun this August in Carlingford, Co. Louth, who will say a word

 

Oily fishy on a dishy is on the menu at the Youghal Co Cork’s 4 All Mackerel Festival which follows this healthy fishy’s tale and promises all sorts of goodies in the form of foodie delights from the gourmet capital of the South west. Just time to fit in one more festival before the kids go back to school at the end of August. The tail end so to speak

 

Not to be out done, the Millstreet Co Cork Summer Gathering takes place over four days and is a combined gastro and non gastronomic event to tickle your tastebuds from July 4th to 7th.

 

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Celebrity chefs don their pinnies and sharpen their knives to bring you the chance to taste a variety of nibbles and drinks to wash them down with at the Taste of Donegal Food Festival in the third week of August in Donegal town.

 

Every weekend, the Galway Market bustles with hundreds of stalls laden down with fresh locally produce food and crafts to brighten up even the wettest Galway Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday Monday, Galway can throw at you

 

Kenmare, Co Kerry throws open its doors, windows and gates to celebrate good food in style mid July, while across the country over at Stoneyford, Co Kilkenny, there’s a cheese making Courses at Knockdrinna Farmhouse to show you how to make cheese at home. Takes place on three separate days at the end of June, July and August. Say cheese everyone

 

Returning to a nautical theme, the inhabitants of Achill island, Co Mayo celebrate the harvest of the wild Atlantic and its rich pickings with a mid July Feile Bia na Mara 2013

Sip into something soothing over at the Seaweed Days food festival and be swept away with centuries old music, surroundings, sailing boats and fishermen (okay maybe not the fishermen) at Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo at the end of July

 

At the cusp of the summer solstice the pretty fishing village of Waterford’s Dunmore East holds its Food, Fish & Fun festival with plenty to eat, drink and be merry about including some activities to work off the excess with music and dancing at the …quayside and in the park this June.

 

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Summertime and the living is easy so it must be time to get out the barbie? Nothing like the smell of food en plein air during what looks like being a better summer than last (famous last words – okay at least the rain is warmer) at the Summer Barbeques at Wells House in Gorey, Co. Wexford this July.

 

Sniff and taste your way around the country this summer with a little help from any of our 5 star luxury hotels.