Food Fleadh Ballina – September 26th-29th 2019

A culinary, angling and music feast in Ballina

Food Fleadh Ballina 2017

Food Fleadh Ballina 2019

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Food Fleadh Ballina 2019 features seafood foraging, craft brews, food market, cookery demos, lifestyle marquee, children’s workshops, fishing, tours, dining trilogy, live music and more!

 Food Fleadh Ballina, Co. Mayo makes a welcome return for its sixth year and with an expanded four-day programme planned from Thursday, September 26th to Sunday, September 29. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy a packed programme of foodie events. As well as the flagship Food Fleadh Market on Saturday September 28th, this year’s expanded programme sees a renewed focus on the Moy Estuary and our local seafood offering, as well as live cooking demonstrations, children’s cookery classes, food and art inspired workshops celebrating a taste of the Wild Atlantic Way in North Mayo.

Known for its intimate friendly atmosphere, the Food Fleadh Market in the historic Old Military Quarter offers the best of Mayo with locally produced artisan foods, cookery demonstrations by local chefs, tastings, a Ready Steady Cook-Off with guest speakers and the ever-popular children’s cookery sessions. The Yeast Meets West Craft Brew Fest also returns to the Food Fleadh Market.

Live music will accompany the market throughout the day, to make for a real festival atmosphere, featuring the Local Voices Stage. The market will take place under Ballina’s unique canopy cover meaning that no matter what the weather, a great day with a great atmosphere is guaranteed.

The festival will include seafood foraging trip incorporating a Killala historical tour with certified guide Denis Quinn of Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours. Suitable for all ages, the trips will incorporate a walk to Bartra Island, where attendees will forage for cockles, mussels and samphire, returning afterwards to the Food Fleadh Market to cook up their catch. Connacht Whiskey Company will offer Discovery Tours outlining Ballina’s unique distilling process, while the world-famous Clarke’s Salmon Smokery opens its doors to share its story of 70 years and the secret to sumptuous smoked salmon. Local restaurants and hotels will also feature Food Fleadh Ballina specials on their menus.

Returning this year is the Courtyard Trilogy Experience, as Dillon’s Bar and Restaurant, Luskin’s Bistro and the Everest will team up to offer a three-course food trail adventure, featuring a specially created menu celebrating Irish, Indian and Nepalese food fusion across the three venues.

Following in the footsteps of Ballina Salmon Festival, Food Fleadh Ballina aims to refocus on and celebrate the River Moy, and the River Trust, collaborating with a number of local agencies will host a Children’s River Ecology Workshop explore the biodiversity and ecology along the river and the crucial role the it plays in the food cycle. This will be complemented by a ‘Gardening 4 Kids’ session where children can learn to grow their own food with some autumn seed planting. The Last Cast Fishing Competition will close out the festival, and anglers can enjoy the last day of the fishing season with free fishing on the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ beat, followed by a Fisherman’s Party. 

The organisers of Food Fleadh Ballina are passionate about wanting to showcase the very best of West of Ireland food – both restaurant and artisan produce – during the Food Fleadh Market. A limited number of stalls are still available and interested businesses are advised to call 096 72800 or email immediately to reserve a space.

Full Food Fleadh Ballina 2019 Programme

Thursday 26th September

 – 12.30pm and 3.30pm: Connacht Distillery Discovery Tour

Learn about the distilling process and local ingredients used to create the award winning spirits.

€12.50pp  (Receive a 10% Food Fleadh Discount)

Pre booking is necessary. Contact Connacht Whiskey Distillery 096 74902

 – 6.30pm – Food Fleadh Ballina Dining Adventure – Courtyard Trilogy

Luskins Bistro & Wine Bar, Dillons Bar and Restaurant and The Everest Nepalese  & Indian Restaurant join forces to present a culinary adventure; we plan the route and you enjoy the experience.

Kicking off at 6.30pm on Thursday evening, this unique festival event celebrates an Irish, Indian & Nepalese fusion of food; €25pp.  An experience not to be missed.

Contact Ballina Tourist Office for further information 096 72800 ***Pre booking is Necessary***

Friday 27th September

– 12pm: Clarke’s Salmon Smokery Tour

With over 70 years’ experience, the Clarke family have created a wonderful range of smoked salmon, starting with their award winning Oak Smoked Irish Wild Salmon, using the original recipe handed down from Jackie Clarke. His sons have since expanded the range to include organics and flavoured salmon.

Clarkes Salmon  Smokery invites you to a very special tour. Rarely does this happen and Food Fleadh Ballina is delighted to offer you the opportunity to take a peek into where the magic of organic smoked salmon is created. This event also coincides with Fáilte Ireland’s recently launched Taste the Island Experience, a celebration of Ireland’s food and drink culture, this autumn.

Tour lasts 30 mins approx.
Pre booking is necessary. Call Ballina Tourist office on 096 72800. Tour is free!

  – 12.30pm and 3.30pm: Connacht Distillery Discovery Tour

Learn about the distilling process and local ingredients used to create the award winning spirits.

€12.50pp  (Receive a 10% Food Fleadh Discount)

Pre booking is necessary. Contact Connacht Whiskey Distillery 096 74902

– 6.30pm: Chefs’ Table Banquet in the Barracks

Join us as we share a meal in the unique setting of Ballina’s Military Barracks, as Chefs from the town and county, unite to produce a specially composed menu of Mayo’s finest Wild Atlantic Seafood, meats from around the county, and desserts to test your sense. Commencing at 6.30pm, enjoy a four course menu and drinks to accompany your meal.                                    Pre booking is essential.  Contact Ballina Tourist Office for further information 096 72800.


Saturday 28th September

 – 10.30am: Seafood Foraging and historical tour with Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours , Killala Round Tower.

Taste the Island Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours Seafood Foraging Trip and Killala historical tour with Denis Quinn (suitable for all ages, ideal for families).

 Lasting three hours (approx) this venture into the North Mayo coastline will leave you in awe of the beautiful scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way of North Mayo. Forage for cockles and mussels and samphire, return to Food Fleadh Market in Ballina and meet our Food Fleadh Chef who will clean and cook what you have caught, giving you a cooking demonstration with your foraged seafood.

Adult: €30pp / Child €10

Families: 2 Adult, & 2/3/4 Children €70 per family group, (discounts for additional members)
Contact Ballina Tourist Office to book your place (096)  72800 or email

Pre Booking is essential as places are limited and expected to sell out quickly.

 – 11am – 6pm: Food Fleadh Ballina Market

  • 40 Food and Craft stalls using the best of local produce Co. Mayo has to offer
  • Yeats Meets West Craft Brew Festival
  • Ballina Farmers’ Market
  • Local Celebrity Ready Steady Cook Off
  • Local Voices Stage Featuring Stewy and the Vegans, In Tune and Centre Stage Vocal Academy
  • Live Cooking & Cocktail Demonstrations with local Chefs and Mixologists
  • Kids’ Cooking Classes – Booking essential (call 096 72800)

  – 12.30pm and 3.30pm: Connacht Distillery Discovery Tour

Learn about the distilling process and local ingredients used to create the award winning spirits.

€12.50pp  (Receive a 10% Food Fleadh Discount)

Pre booking is necessary. Contact Connacht Whiskey Distillery 096 74902


Sunday 29th September

10am – 4pm – Last cast Fishing Competition 

Ballina Salmon Anglers and Food Fleadh Ballina hosts the Last Cast Fishing Competition and FREE fishing on the Ballina Salmon Anglers stretch of water all day. Competition registration commences at 10am, finishing at 4pm with a fisherman’s party, live music, presentation of prizes and the biggest treat of all, a taste of River Moy Salmon.

Free Registration at Ridge Pool Road, Ballina.

12pm – 2pm – Children’s River Moy Ecology Workshop with River Moy Trust

A fun interactive workshop to explore the biodiversity and ecology along the River Moy and crucial role the river plays in our food cycle and planting demonstrations, with surprise guests on the day.

Cathedral Beat, Ballina.

For all booking and event information contact:

Ballina Tourist Office 096 72800 email

Food Fleadh Ballina is supported by Failte Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way.

Wild Atlantic Way logoFáilte Ireland

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