Westport Food Festival takes place this weekend from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th June 2016 and it’s all set to be the best ever with a packed programme of events for every age group. RTE’s leading food programme “Taste of Success”, with award winning chef Paul Flynn, will be filming live all day at the Food Village on The Fairgreen from 12 noon on Saturday 25th. The Fairgreen will be totally transformed into a bustling outdoor market, brimful of market stalls and tasty street food. Don’t miss the fabulous cookery and cocktail demonstrations from tp chefs, beginning at 12pm.
The flagship festival event is The Banquet on Friday 24th June in Hotel Westport – a fabulous get together feast celebrating everything that is good about Mayo food. The gala evening includes dancing to live music as well as the crowning of Best Artisan Producer as part of Westport Food Festival’s ongoing support for artisan food.
Tickets for The Banquet cost €45 per person and a limited number are still available through Hotel Westport on 098 25122 or tables of ten can be booked online via Eventbrite.
Join a tour – on a bike, in a kayak or on foot
Westport has so much fabulous food to celebrate and you can join in a tour to enjoy some of them – on a bicycle, in a kayak or on Shank’s pony! The ever popular Bike Buffet begins at Westport Town Hall at 1pm where guests will sample some fine Mocktails before they cycle out to the Quay to The Towers for some delicious starters. Next stop is Gracy’s on the grounds of Westport House for a BBQ before the tour finishes at the Food Festival Village on The Fairgreen for dessert from the Hotel Westport ice-cream cart. Tickets cost €20 per person (or just €12.50 for under 12s!) are available from Westport Town Hall or by phoning 098 28459.
Or take to the high seas for a gourmet sea kayaking trip to remember on Sunday, starting at 11am. Experienced guides will take you out on the sheltered waters of Clew Bay for a stunning scenic tour of the Wild Atlantic Way from the other side. To cap it all you’ll stop off one on of the many islands for a gourmet picnic feast sourced from the best local producers. The half day Gourmet Picnic Kayak Tour costs €65 per person and booking is through Eventbrite.ie. Limited to 12 people so don’t leave it too late!
Foody Tours with Siobhan Foody is always hugely popular and this year there are three tours – two on Saturday and one on Sunday, all starting at 5pm. Weaving through the streets of Westport, you’ll be guided to favourite haunts using independent insider knowledge to feast on the best each chef has to offer, with tapas-style tasting showcasing their signature dish in a minimum of 5 venues on the tour. Cost is €40pp (or €60 with drinks) and tours are limited to 14 people. Booking is via Siobhan Foody 087 1203297 or email@example.com.
Two foraging options
Choose from two foraging options this year – in the woodlands on Saturday morning or on the seashore on Sunday. Mushroom foraging starts at 10am on Saturday, Seaweed foraging is from 2.45pm on Sunday. Both of these hugely popular events are with Will Williams from Walk on the Wild Side. Tickets are €12.50 and booking is through Eventbrite.ie.
Fun for kids – with cupcakes or pizzas
Westport Food Festival never forgets the mini chefs – and this year they can try their hand at making either pizzas or cupcakes. If Kids Cupcake Decorating takes your fancy then let your child bring out their creative side with Sarah Flanagan of Enrica’s Cupcakes. Enrica’s are known for their fabulous and delicious cupcakes and your child will get the opportunity to learn how to decorate one of their own. Both events are on Saturday – under 8s at 1pm and over 8s at 1.45pm. The cost is just €5 per child and booking is through Eventbrite.ie.
If pizzas are their pleasure then Sunday at the Wyatt Hotel is the place to be for a Pizza Making Master Class. Kids can enjoy making their own pizza, s Stretch out the base, choose their own toppings and send the masterpiece into the oven. It’s quite amazing to see the combination of toppings a 6 year old will put on a pizza! Cut into slices and enjoy – sharing with parents is optional! Under 8s are at 12.30pm and over 8s at2pm. Cost is €10 per child and booking is through Eventbrite.ie.
The Bar Tenders Beer Race
It’s fun fun fun all the way at the Bar Tenders Beer Race on Sunday at 4pm along the North Mall. Bars and licensed premises from all over town form teams of 4 and race with loaded beer trays in hand. The rivalry is intense and the pace is nothing short of frantic. Thrills – and probably spills – are guaranteed. Be there to support your local. Entries are through Hotel Westport and absolutely no bribery or corruption is allowed!
For full details of all these wonderful events and the entire festival programme please see the website www.westportfoodfestival.ie. Book your tickets soon as all events have limited capacity.