Ballymaloe May Fair

Will Return in 2024 with a whole new festival Experience
Details to be announced soon

Thank you to all who attended the Ballymaloe May Fair 2023. We will return next Spring 2024.

Thank you to all who attended this year's May Fair!

This Summer festival is an ode to good food, green-living, gardening, the arts, fashion and fun.
Celebrate Ireland's ancient heritage… but with a few modern twists!

Cooking Demonstrations, Live Performances, Walks and Talks, Walled Garden Fitness Classes, Workshops for all ages, Forgotten Skills, Great Shopping and so much more. Drop your kids off for an hour of fun at our Children's Activity Area.

Download previous schedule of events
See Recipes from cookery demos here

Tickets On Sale Spring 2024

Complimentary Bus transfers from Ballycotton & Midleton to and from the Mayfair with Cork Transfers

Bus Transfer Information

What can you expect at the Ballymaloe May Fair?

The May Fair is the most colourful festival around! Join our interactive event centered on sharing a wealth of talent and knowledge from all around the country. The festival is one of innovation and collaboration, celebrating a fusion of exciting lifestyle experiences. Food experts, performers, craft-makers and green- living experts come together to share their passion and expertise with you.

Cooking Demonstrations run throughout the weekend along with a variety of adult and children craft workshops. The weekend is also filled with fitness and well- being classes. This is a space where you can roll up your sleeves, explore art in action, learn the secrets of herbs, and delve into the world of craft, gardening, cooking and eco- friendly living. 

Ireland’s most reputable chefs come to the May Fair to demonstrate their new and tastiest recipes. Come for some tips, tricks, laughs, and a few tasters as well as a whole lot of  trusty recipe ideas.  Dusk will be filled with live music, theatrical performances, story-telling and food.

See below for a full list of what was on offer for May Fair 2023


There’s something for everyone at the Ballymaloe May Fair!
Whether you're interested in cooking, art, theatre, fitness or having a pint in the sun with friends, you're sure to enjoy this Summer Festival that celebrates innovation  and brings us back to our roots.

Live Performances, Cooking Demonstrations, Craft Workshops, Walled Garden Fitness Classes, Garden Walks, Farm Sustainability Tours, Ballymaloe History Tours, Biodiversity Tours, Forgotten Skills Displays, a Children's Activity Area, Irish Crafts, Irish Fashion, Furniture & So Much More.

The Walled Garden was host to two amazing performances over the weekend.
A very special performance of Midsummer Nights Dream took place on Friday evening and we are delighted that Candlelit Tales joined us on Saturday afternoon with their wonderful performance of Mythical Irish Tales.

Thank you to all the performers, exhibitors, chefs and musicians who brought their talent to the May Fair this year!

Festival Activities:

Exhibitors Mayfair 2023

May 12th, 13th and 14th 2023

Friday 5pm to 10pm - Saturday 10am to 10pm - Sunday 10am to 5pm.

To receive an invite to apply for a stall please contact