Ireland’s largest gathering of craft brewers and distillers returns to the Convention Centre Dublin from Thursday March 8th to Saturday March 10th 2018. This year’s Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair will host over 50 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations and trends.

Now in its sixth year, the annual event has become the ‘go-to’ for anyone with an interest in tasting, experimenting and meeting with the finest brewers from Ireland and abroad.

Conor Farrell of Alltech commented “We are really proud of how our Fair has evolved and grown over the last 5 years and it has been fantastic to witness the craft sector flourish in this time. Being an annual event, it provides a great benchmark to track key trends in the sector and of course to taste the latest innovations! In a positive outlook for the future almost two-thirds of our exhibitors have indicated that they are planning to increase their employee numbers in 2018 with many also expanding their offering into the growing food tourism area through the development of visitor attractions”.

A new feature for 2018 is the ‘Distillers Quarter’, which will serve craft spirits and cocktails created by leading mixologists. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample a range of tasty combinations, some of which have been developed exclusively for the Fair.

The event will also host a number of exciting new Irish drinks companies including Kinsale Mead Company, Ha’Penny Gin and Beara Distillery, along with two new craft breweries – Ballykilcavan Brewing Company and Larkins Brewing Company. 

The winners of the Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Cup competitions will be announced on opening night by Head Judge, Brewmaster, Gearóid Cahill. The competition, which allows craft brewers and cider-makers to have their brews rated, tasted and analysed by an expert, international panel of judges, is currently open for entries.

For more information, including the full entertainment line-up and exhibitor listing visit