Taste of Wicklow returns for its seventh year in the stunning Abbey Grounds, Wicklow Town on the 28th- 30th June. This family-friendly event includes a broad range of activities tailored to suit all ages. The programme will feature a collection of artisan food and craft stalls, food demonstrations, workshops, live music, and dance performances. Activities such as face painting, circus shows, and walk-about entertainers will be on hand to provide endless entertainment.

This festival gives a great opportunity for local food producers to showcase their products and network within the Irish Food industry, which is of major importance for Co. Wicklow at the moment. In 2018 Wicklow Co. Council inducted a food strategy for the county to use as a tool that can help re-invent Wicklow as it is perceived by those that live there and the domestic and international visitor. The main goals of the Wicklow Food Strategy are:

  • To tell the Wicklow food story.
  • To develop a food activity calendar (business to consumer).
  • To increase food stakeholder networking (business to business).
  • Get local food to local consumers.
  • To provide appropriate business supports.

With the implementation of this Food Strategy along with events such Taste of Wicklow there is no doubt that the local food industry is flourishing and will continue to grow in years to come.

What to Expect:

Friday 28th
2019 brings a new event to this wonderful weekend in Wicklow Town. An Outdoor Cinema will kickstart the weekend, with the movie being shown to be announced. The Irish Popcorn Company will be alongside the cinema ensuring everyone has the essential snacks for the day ahead! For the thirstier movie- goer, the historic Bridge Tavern will have their own stall with a full bar at the event, along with many other food & drink stalls.

Saturday 29th
At 5pm the Taste of Wicklow will showcase an exhilarating outdoor music festival Live at The Abbey, with some of the most exciting acts in the country including Seo Linn, who have just recently returned from a tour of Australia, local Wicklow town band Look to the Lady and Xquisite Dance group who were runners up in the nationwide talent show Ireland’s Got Talent. Along with these exciting entertainers over thirty food stalls and a full bar will also be available in the Abbey Grounds.

Sunday 30th
This is the festival for all the foodies to experience this summer. Taste of Wicklow has established itself as the leading food festival in the South East of Ireland with chefs Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio and Paul Kelly, along with many others, bringing their considerable talents to the stage. Masterclass demonstrations will be held throughout the afternoon by a variety of national and local chefs. The vast array of food and drink stalls will ensure that everyone’s taste is satisfied.

Go to https://tasteofwicklow.ie to find out more details on this fun-filled weekend.