Enjoy it Locally! Westport Music and Food Festival
I was on holidays in Ireland late June through early July last year (2012) and ended up getting together with friends from all over at the Westport Music and Food Festival in County Mayo. The grounds of Westport House made an ideal setting, right next to town center. It was an amazing two days of incredible music, glorious local food and good times. I will be returning this year, 2013, for some more, especially of the delicious briny Clew Bay Oysters that I devoured.
Sure, there are bigger music festivals out there, but I would love to suggest to fellow traveler's to stop in at one of the smaller ones that happen through the summer in Ireland and England. The scale is easier to manage, ticket prices are affordable, often you can book a package with a local hotel, as we did. Your feet are on the ground, fun times ensue, and you get a chance to meet many people up close and within dancing distance! 2012 was the first year for the Westport Music and Food Festival, and this year any minor kinks that they had will probably be worked out. In 2007
Great musicians, great food, great people, summer late sunsets and so much to learn. Consider losing a day or two on any tourist trail to hang with locals, kick back and enjoy the summer properly at a music and food festival!