Westport Food Festival has a brand new midsummer date this year, from 24-26 June 2016. There’s a cracking line up with many old favourites returning plus some exciting new events in the charming Co. Mayo town. One of the highlights is The Great Irish Food Quiz, a brand new event this year. It’s a festival and charity fundraiser and takes place a month in advance of the main festival on Thursday 26th May 2016.
For some years Áine Maguire of The Idle Wall has run the famous Great Irish Food Quiz in Dublin, where gourmands from all over the country came to pit their wits against one another. This is the food nerd’s event of the year and this year it has moved west, along with Áine, and takes place in The Wyatt Hotel Westport on Thursday 26th May. A selection of wonderful prizes includes vouchers and prizes from food luminaries such as L’Ecrivain, The Idle Wall, Saba, Rua, The Ice House, The Tavern Murrisk, Mescan Brewery and Kelly’s Butchers Newport.
The Quiz is a fundraiser for Westport Food Festival – a sort of aperitif - and will also support local charity Western Care. Tickets are €15 each (€60 for a team of 4) and with testing and tasting and tantalising, it’ll be a night to remember! Limited to 30 tables and they are selling fast.
Chef Áine Maguire, a native of Newport, Co. Mayo has recently returned to her roots to open The Idle Wall restaurant at The Quay in Westport. After barely 9 months in business the restaurant was listed in the Sunday Times 100 Best Restaurant List and has received nationwide acclaim and great reviews. It won the Best Newcomer in Mayo award at the recent 2016 RAI Awards (Connaught), and Áine herself was crowned Best Chef in Mayo.
|Chef Áine Maguire, founder of The Great Irish Food Quiz|
Full details of the 2016 Westport Food Festival are available on the website www.westportfoodfestival.ie and Tickets for the The Great Irish Food Quiz can be purchased (Table of 4 for €60) on EventBrite HERE.