Listowel Food Fair

  9th – 13th November 2023

Celebrating 28 years of Irish Foods in Kerry

One of Ireland’s longest running festivals, the Listowel Food Fair will once again take place from the 9th – 13th November 2023 in the North Kerry culinary and literary town of Listowel.Festival highlights this year include an opening- ‘Celebratory Awards Banquet’ with Ireland’s foremost Celebrity Chef and Food Writer Darina Allen.

The much anticipated 2023 Listowel Food Fair Awards which each year recognises the Best Emerging Artisan Food Producers, Food Writers, Food Innovators, Food Hero’s and the prestigious 2023 Listowel Food Fair Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year RTE Presenter Katie Hannon presents the launch of new book ‘Kathy White House’ by local historian Vincent Carmody at St. John’s Theatre, Listowel. The book tells the story of Listowel woman Kathy Buckley, known locally as ‘Kathy White House’ who was the White House chef to three past American Presidents.

Virgin Media One and Ireland AM’s TV presenter Lizzy Lyons and Celebrity Chef, TV presenter and star of stage and screen Simon Delaney will host a special evening of culinary delights at ‘Lizzy’s Little Kitchen’, Listowel. Sarah Browne, Bord Iascaigh Mhara 2021‘Taste the Atlantic Ambassador’ will host two special events this year. A ‘Shellfish Handling and Cookery Workshop’ in the award-winning Allo’s Bistro, Listowel and a ‘Hands On’ workshop specifically designed for secondary schools.

Health is a big focus for the festival this year with a Health & Wellbeing Seminar presented by leading medical experts on a variety of current health issues. A Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop will be held in the Kerry Writers Museum in association with Breast Cancer Ireland covering cancer prevention, breast screening and breast awareness.Women’s health issues will also be the focus in a series of health events, including a presentation by leading Menstrual Health and Nutritional Coach Michelle Walsh. Sarah Fitzgerald of ‘The Green Green Gate’ will present a demonstration on Gut and Hormone Health. Mary Thea Brosnan from Kerry Kefir will be discussing kefir in relation to gut and digestive health.


Another healthy event is the 2023 Listowel Food Fair Annual Park Run which takes off in the Town Park, Listowel.

This year’s “Listowel Food Fair Farming Seminar” -In Association with Kerry Group and Teagasc will address the issues of sustainability, the future of Irish farming and current issues within the Irish farming and agricultural sectors.A “Sustainability and Food Tourism Seminar” will bring together key speakers to discuss sustainability in Irish food. This year the festival also explores the fast growing area of Food Tourism, its potential impact across the country from the perspective of increasing visitor numbers and contributing to the increase of Irish artisan food production.

New York Author, Poet and Actor Annie Lanzillotto regales listeners with her true and comedic stories from Bronx Italian life in her event – ‘Cosa Mangia Oggi’ – A Taste of Italy in the Bronx, New York. For night owls the Listowel Food Fair offers a host of exciting evening events such as a Whiskey Tasting at John B. Keane’s Pub and a Traditional Irish Music Session at Christy’s The Well.

The very popular “Listowel Food Fair Food & Craft Hall” will feature a broad selection of local craft, design and artisan food producers, cakes, craft beers, mulled wine, gifts, gourmet food, jewellery, art, chocolate, jams, chutneys and breads.

With something for all ages and tastes, weekend events this year include the Listowel Artisan Farmers Market, the Listowel Food Trail, an Icing and Decorating Workshop, a Healthy Eats & Treats Workshop, Dine in the Dark Supper Club at Allies Coffee Shop, Bermuda Irish Food Connection and a Live Jazz Sunday Lunch to finish, all add to a fun filled and jam packed festival schedule.

The 2023 Listowel Food Fair is supported by Kerry Group, Bord Bia, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Teagasc, Fáilte Ireland, Kerry Local Enterprise Office, Kerry County Council, Tipperary Crystal, Garveys Supervalu and Eno Wines.


Click here to view this years Listowel Food Fair 2023 Programme


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The Sunday event will be held indoors at the Listowel Arms Hotel. This event will be the culmination of the weekend long Listowel Food Fair, now in its 28th year.This will be open to the public and will provide an opportunity to present, discuss and sell your produce. We will provide stall space and encourage participation in the presentations held throughout the day.

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