FES TIVAL S

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Fingal has so much go­ing on through­out the year, but the sum­mer chance to ex­plore an as­sort­ment of mu­sic, food and cul­ture. In ad­di­tion to the su­perb gigs hap­pen­ing this year in Malahide Cas­tle, here are some of our top fes­ti­val favourites…

DUBLIN BAY PRAWN FES­TI­VAL

The ul­ti­mate cel­e­bra­tion of Howth’s nest restau­rants, bars and cafés, the Dublin Bay Prawn Fes­ti­val will take place this year from Fri­day 17 – Sun­day 19 May. A week­end that should be on ev­ery foodie’s hit list, the fes­ti­val will of­fer a mouth-wa­ter­ing se­lec­tion of spe­cial­ity seafood dishes. Whether you pre­fer them bar­be­cued, whole, shelled, fried, skew­ered or mar­i­nated, the award-win­ning lo­cal restau­rants are sure to have a dish to whet your ap­petite at the Har­bour Fes­ti­val Food Vil­lage. There will also be a spe­cial se­lec­tion of Dublin Bay Prawn dishes on of­fer. The fes­ti­val of­fers vis­i­tors a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the coastal town of Howth and its rich mar­itime his­tory – all while feast­ing on the best seafood around.

SWORDS SUMMERFEST

The Swords Summerfest de­liv­ers a three­day pro­gramme full of mu­sic, drama, his­tory and fam­ily fun. Tak­ing place dur­ing July, the Summerfest is held in the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of Swords Cas­tle and Town

Park. Mu­sic is one of the big features: past per­form­ers have in­cluded the likes of Ko­da­line, Gavin James and Orla Gart­land, among oth­ers, so ex­pect some big names in Ir­ish mu­sic! The fes­ti­val also of­fers lots of fam­ily fun, with en­chant­ing magic and pup­pet shows, along with trea­sure hunts, a food fair and more. Chan­de­lier events also take place in Swords Cas­tle, while other high­lights in­clude the 10k race along Swords Main Street, and the beau­ti­ful har­monies sung by the Fingal Gospel Choir.

FLAVOURS OFFINGAL

Flavours Of Fingal is an un­for­get­table two­day ex­pe­ri­ence. Tak­ing place on June 25 & 26, the fes­ti­val, in the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of New­bridge House and Farm, is packed with ac­tiv­i­ties. Dat­ing from the 18th cen­tury, the house is built on 370 acres of wild ower mead­ows, with the ad­ven­ture play­ground and wood­land walks mak­ing it the per­fect place to cel­e­brate all that Fingal has to of­fer. A huge range of ar­ti­san food will be avail­able. Mean­while, there’ll be work­shops and crafts to en­ter­tain the kids, and a chance to meet the uffy in­hab­i­tants of New­bridge Farm at the Pet­ting Zoo. For ve­hi­cle enthusiast­s, there will be a vin­tage car dis­play; and, for his­tory buffs, a show­case of 100 years of farm­ing. With a huge chil­dren’s play area, sheep dog trials, and an em­pha­sis on lo­cal food, Flavours Of Fingal makes a great fam­ily day out.

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