The Westport Food Festival Promises Fun for the Whole Family

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There’s plenty on the menu for families and children at Westport Food Festival, which takes place from 23rd-25th June 2017. There are workshops and tours, a fabulous new ‘fast food race’ and of course the Fairgreen Food Village which is fun for everyone. There’s also a full programme of free demonstrations from top chefs like Stephan Matz, Michael Heneghan and Bare Necessities, so everyone gets a chance to learn. Demonstrations kick off at 12 noon with Stephan Matz.

The Fairgreen Food Village will be in full swing from 12 noon with the new addition of a marquee for demonstrations and workshops. The market will feature an outstanding selection of stalls with food and drink to take home with you or eat on the spot. Bring the shopping basket – it’s a great chance to stock the larder with delicious goodies.

If you have a budding Bake Off champion on your hands, well known TV chef Catherine Leyden will lead a fun cupcake decorating workshop which takes place at the Fairgreen Food Village. It’s a chance for little ones to explore their creative side and see what masterpieces they can produce. All the equipment is provided, just book and turn up for some fabulous decorating fun. This workshop takes place on Saturday 24th June at 1.15pm in the Food Village Marquee.

Children from 3-12 years can become mini-chefs at this pizza-making mastercclass in the new setting of the Fairgreen Food Village. It’s a hands-on workshop experience under the watchful eye of Eoin McDonnell, head chef from the Wyatt Hotel. At this class they will do do everything from stretching out the base to assembling the most artistic and elegant of toppings before taking the masterpiece home to cook and devour! This class takes place on Saturday 24th June at 3.15pm in the Food Village Marquee.

For inquisitive little minds, there are two family foraging events which are suitable for children as well as adults. Will Williams is the expert guide to fungi and mushrooms on Saturday morning, and to the bounty of the seashore on Sunday. Here you can learn identification techniques and points to watch out for when collecting both mushrooms and seaweed. Mushroom Foraging takes place on Saturday 24th June at 10am and Seaweed Foraging will be on Sunday 25th June at 11.30am.

Finally, for grown ups only, the last few tickets are still available for the Midsummer Banquet which takes place on Friday night, 23rd June. It will feature a seven course tasting menu with three wine pairings from Cabot’s of Westport. Needless to say it’s a black tie event – in perfect keeping with the stylish surroundings. Numbers are strictly limited to 120 guests and tickets, costing €100 each, are available from Hotel Westport.

Full details of the Westport Food Festival 2017 are available on the website www.westportfoodfestival.ie and tickets for the above classes are available from www.eventbrite.ie.

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