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Hey readers,

As a follow-up to our post 2 weeks ago, we decided to do a follow up with even hotter festivals to look forward to in 2021. 

Understandably, many festivals were cancelled this year – or postponed to the coming year. And with the current speed of the COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, we can only hope this will allow the available festivals to happen.

So for all our festival-goers, we have created another list of Irish festivals to look forward to in 2021. And after the long anticipation, we hope you can join in on the fun whether you’re interested in food, music, film, the races or parades.


1. The Big Grill Festival

The Big Grill is Europe’s largest BBQ festival, and will run from 12th – 15th of August 2021 in Herbert Park, Dublin 4. This will be the 7th time this festival will be held in Ireland.

The festival celebrates the art of cooking with fire & smoke. This fire festival brings chefs, cooks and pitmasters from Ireland and the UK, along with over 20,000 visitors to smell, taste and learn about all kinds of barbecuing, grilling and smoking.

This year’s festival will have over 20 restaurants represented. And the sole instruction being they must cook with live fire using natural charcoal and wood only; no gas – no electricity

If this does not sound like fun, we don’t know what does.


2. 2021 Galway Film Fleadh

Scheduled to take place between Tue, Jul 20, 2021 – Sun, Jul 25, 2021, The Galway Film Fleadh is Ireland’s leading film festival. Usually, a six-day international event is held every July, this festival welcomes a diversity of film talent from around the world.

As per the official website of the Galway Film Fleadh, this year’s festival will be its 33rd in the series. And it will also feature film shorts and stream live events online. The film festival plans to deliver Ireland’s first hybrid film event, having been the first Irish film festival to deliver an online edition last year.

3. The Galway Races

It seems Galway is where all the magic happens. As once again, Ireland’s biggest and most famous racing festival is held in Galway during the last week of July every year. The 2021 festival will run from Monday, July 26 to Sunday, August 1

Guaranteeing 7 whole days of entertainment and action, this event is a feast for the cameras and the fashionistas. It is claimed that over 200,000 people attend the Galway Races throughout the week each year, and the town really comes alive at night. 

Our personal highlight of this festival is the Ladies Day which has the most media attention because of its colour, glamour, and the numerous head-turning classy outfits worn by the women.


4. Taste of Dublin

Widely considered to be Ireland’s best food and drinks festival, Taste of Dublin is set to take place from September 1 to September 5 this year 2021.

Showcasing a wide range of both new and famous cooking talents, Taste of Dublin is the ultimate foodie’s paradise. And we at Rossa approve. Over these 5 days, visitors can also enjoy Ireland’s latest and hottest restaurants, mingle with local chefs and sample a wide variety of tasty dishes.

This event also features masterclasses from renowned guest chefs and hands-on wine tasting experiences for wine lovers. And that is just the tip of the entertainment, all we can say is that you have to really attend to fully enjoy the experience☺.

And that is the final upcoming festival we are most looking forward to. Let us know if you have any other festivals you would like to share with us in the comments.   

Thank you,

Rossa Lighting.

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