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  • Annie Dunne


Hello Foodie Friends!

Welcome to this week’s edition of GRATE, food innovation newsletter, which aims to spark growth in your food or drink business. 

For the next couple of weeks, we're taking a slightly different approach and helping you fill your calendar with some of the best food festivals and events. They are a great source of inspiration. From live cooking demonstrations to discovering unique food treasures and connecting with fellow food lovers, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re planning a fun day out with family or friends, these festivals promise a feast for the senses

So, mark your calendars and get ready for a mouth-watering journey through some of the best UK & Ireland food festivals this Summer!

Annie x


13th - 16th JUNE 2024

This year, for the first time, Taste of Dublin will be held in one of the city’s most beautiful Georgian squares – the historic Merrion Square. Each year, Taste of Dublin becomes a foodie haven and the unmissable highlight of the summer. This is the place to experience signature dishes from Dublin’s latest, greatest and most exciting restaurants, along with exclusive off-menu items created just for Taste. Visitors have the unique opportunity to source essential ingredients from artisan producers, engage with Ireland’s top culinary talent, participate in masterclasses and soak in the gourmet atmosphere of the summer’s finest food and drink festival. Watch top chefs work their magic during live demonstrations or prepare your order at their restaurants. Taste of Dublin kicked off yesterday and will continue until Sunday. Don't miss out on experiencing fresh, delicious cuisine and drinks while creating lasting memories against the stunning backdrop of Merrion Square!


15th - 18th AUGUST 2024

Get ready to crunch and munch at the Eatyard Crisp Festival, happening at The Bernard Shaw & Eatyard from August 15-18 2024! Dive into a world of crunchy delights with unique flavours and creative twists on your favourite snack. The weekend will be filled with delicious snacks, awesome vibes and plenty of fun & entertainment. This unique event will bring you the Jonnie Onion Ring Challenge, Blind Crisp Tasting Contests, DIY crisp sambo making competition and much more! Bring your appetite and your crew to The Bernard Shaw & Eatyard, a festival that is truly the crisp of the crop.


27th - 29th September 2024

Dive into the excitement at the Galway International Seafood and Oyster Festival! Each year, hundreds of competitors from around the globe vie for a coveted spot in this prestigious competition. The winners, accompanied by enthusiastic supporters, journey to Galway in the picturesque West of Ireland to compete for the world title. Save the dates, September 27th-29th, and watch Galway come alive with delicious seafood, exciting competitions, lively music and fun for the whole family.

Shell-abrate and enjoy the festivities!


26th - 29th JULY 2024

Vegan Camp Out stands as the globe's foremost vegan camping festival, renowned for its international appeal, attracting campers from more than 40 countries annually! Join the fun at Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire, from July 26th to 29th, 2024, for an unforgettable 4-day, 3-night experience featuring camping, enlightening talks, live music, vibrant afterparties, rejuvenating yoga and meditation sessions, enriching workshops, and a showcase of the UK's top vegan cuisine. Vegan Camp Out offers an incredible variety of food, including pizza, kebabs, smoothies, juices, Indian cuisine, ice cream, cakes, Chinese dishes, burgers, and hotdogs—the list goes on! Gluten-free and raw options are also available. With 60 vendors this year, it boasts the largest selection of vegan food in UK history!


24th - 26th AUGUST 2024

Experience a weekend of delicious food, live music, and activities for the whole family! Check out the annual Hampton Court Palace Food Festival, from August 24th - 26th for the ultimate summer celebration for the whole family in the stunning gardens of Henry VIII. This year, indulge in more delicious street food than ever before, along with amazing pop-up bars serving tasty cocktails, refreshing craft beers and exquisite wines. Hundreds of families attend the event as everything on-site is open to all ages! You get your own personal camping field, away from noisy stages and after party, and the area can only be accessed by those with children. With over 150 fantastic brands and producers, you’ll discover everything from mouth-watering cheeses and sausages to brownies and churros.

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