Celebrating food, heritage & nature through the Prism of the arts

Welcome to the home of Clonmel Applefest, our annual festival that celebrates the food, heritage and natural environment of Clonmel and environs through the prism of the Arts. 

In 2024, the festival will take place from Thursday 26th to the 29th September during which time we plan to collaborate with many local and national artists, crafters, food producers, performers and communities to celebrate the rich cultural, industrial and natural history of Clonmel and promote it as a valued place to live and visit for locals and visitors.

We have two wonderful projects starting imminently: the Elder of Clonmel part 2 writing project, which explore further the lives and wisdoms of some of our Older citizens and OUR SOUL FOOD, a multicultural stitch & talk project around our favourite food memories, which will involve sharing food stories and making tablemats and centrepieces to  our various tables  the festival, including a finale community meal on Sunday 29th September. Our Cruinniù ná Nòg day is back on the 15th June, we will have another Wild Child Day during the month of August and look out for our brochure launch under the Main Guard in early September with live music by the Fresh Air Collective. Keep your eyes peeled for our Band in Residence that will cater for all the Bespoke events during the festival week-end. Keep up to date by following us on Instagram and Facebook and put those dates of the 26th to 29th September in your diary! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

What's On

Cruinniù nà nÒg Day of Creativity for Young People
A day of fun arts & craft activities for children and their parents
Saturday 15th June 12-4pm, Raheen College, Clonmel
Elders of Clonmel Book
The very successful 2023 book highlighting the lifestories of some of the key older citizens of Clonmel
Book for sale now: € 12
Our Soul Food Table, a multicultural Stitch & Talk project around favourite food memories
This year we are celebrating food and to this end, we are inviting stitchers of all kinds, beginners, intermediate and/or advanced, to depict their favourite 'soul food' memory. FREE but register your interest by clicking to the form link below.
Elders of Clonmel part II
Clonmel Applefest is delighted to launch our new writing project for 2024, building on the success of last year and highlighting the life-stories of key older citizens of Clonmel. This year, Elders will be selected via recommendations in tandem with photographer John Kelly’s profound knowledge of Clonmel and its people. And they will be interviewed in their professional and/or volunteering settings rather than their domestic realms.
View 2023 Programme