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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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