iFest Comes to Boston

The Irish band Riptide Movement who will be playing at iFest in Boston Sept. 26-28.

By Michael Quinlin, Contributor
August / September 2014

Boston is set to welcome a new Irish festival this fall, as iFest makes its North American debut at the Seaport World Trade Center September 26-28.  

Described as a premium showcase of contemporary Irish culture, entertainment and innovation, iFest features an all-star cast of culinary masters, musicians, fashion designers and athletes to present a taste of modern Ireland.

iFest Founder and CEO Rachel Kelly says, “iFest is about reframing Ireland, through the extraordinary talent of its people, and celebrating our unique culture; from music and the arts, to our renowned gastro culture. Ultimately this event is an engaging and entertaining experience of Ireland, which will travel the world, and which, hopefully, will encourage iFest visitors to see first hand all that Ireland has to offer.”

iFest supporters include Tourism Ireland, Aer Lingus, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Seaport Boston Hotel & World Trade Center, Irish Food Board, Bewley’s, Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey.

On the culinary front, top Irish chefs Darina Allen, Kevin Dundon and Catherine Fulvio are showcasing their respective culinary work, alongside Boston’s grand chef Barbara Lynch. Maura Kilpatrick, named Boston’s “Best Pastry Chef,” is hosting afternoon teas with Bewley’s of Dublin.

On the cultural front, iFest is offering a literary salon, genealogy master-class and a display of contemporary and classic art and heritage pieces from Ireland’s major museums. And there will be plenty of Irish music.

Uilleann piping master Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains is performing, along with accordion maestro Damien Mullane. Other performers include Ireland’s indie-pop band Heathers, featuring twin sisters Louise and Ellie MacNamara, and rock band Riptide Movement, whose single “Getting Through” was number one on the Irish charts this spring.

Irish designer Louise Kennedy presents a top Irish Fashion & Design Catwalk, and a Shop Ireland Mall is selling Ireland’s latest fashions.

Irish sports get a showing at iFest, with a traveling exhibit on the Gaelic Athletic Association and film highlights of some of Ireland’s classic matches over the years.

And finally, you’ll have a chance to see what Irish hospitality is all about, as Tourism Ireland staff showcase holiday and travel opportunities that will inspire you to take a trip to Ireland.


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