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Details of Events at Westport Food Festival all this weekend 21st - 23rd September

Westport Food Festival, a three day event, is on this weekend 21st - 23rd September. The festival showcases the best food that Westport, Mayo, and the surrounding counties of the western seaboard have on offer, along with a variety of cooking demonstrations, food workshops & competitions.

Westport town centre will once again be turned into a tented Food Village with stalls offering the very best of food from Mayo producers, restaurants, hotels, cafes and chefs. The festival's Gala Dinner, Come Dine with Me is already Sold Out!

Restaurants, hotels and bars all over Westport will offer a €25 three-course Westport Food Festival menu showcasing ingredients from local food producers. Look out for the Westport Food Festival logos on menus!

Taste all the best food products that Westport and the west of Ireland has to offer
Everyone now knows that Westport is the best place to live in Ireland and the Westport Food Festival reinforces that we have the best food producers, chefs, hotels, restaurants and pubs and allows us to further showcase Mayo’s food credentials”, says Barney Clarke, co-chairperson, Westport Food Festival.

The Festival has a packed line-up of both local and celebrity chefs, fishermen, food producers, wine and beer gurus and restaurateurs giving demonstrations, talks, advice, opinion, hints and tips with food and drink tastings all weekend! One of the more unusual and interesting, is a demonstration of Bronze Age Celtic Cuisine with The Druid Chef, Rory Morahan. Rory is using his love of Irish & history combined with his passion for traditional cooking methods to show what bronze-age Irish people would have eaten and how it was cooked.

Learn the art of authentic Irish Celtic Cuisine with The Druid Chef, Rory Morahan 
A series of Talks on Friday 21st, entitled "Recipes for Success - The Business of Food" will provide idea generation, shared knowledge and showcase how various food-related enterprises achieve business success. The event is being organised as part of Mayo Ideas Week with Mayo County Enterprise Board to offer a one-day business event for small food businesses, food lovers and those with an interest in the food industry. Special Guest speakers include John McKenna, Publisher, The Bridgestone Guide to Ireland.

The Weekend is Packed Full of Great Foodie Events
for all the Family!

Saturday, Sept. 22

Westport Food Festival Village
The Octagon
"The Art of Cooking Salmon" by Rory Morahan, The Druid Chef
The Octagon
Aine Maguire Foraged Ingredients: Cluaisins with homemade Dilisk Bread, Lemon Posset with Wild Froghan Berries, Wild Mushroom Soup
The Octagon
Farm to Fork Meat Cuts by Jack & Eddie O'Malley

Danny Coleman, GMIT “What is Molecular Gastronomy, will it change the future of food preparation and taste?”

“Square Food Gardening” - How to grow your own garden in a small space, hosted by Cormac Langan, Westport College of Further Education
Westport Further Education College, Newport Road
Food Fringe Producers Market & Workshop
The Clock & Clock Tavern
Cooking Shellfish in Five Easy Minutes! Kate O’Connor Kennedy

Cooking Pork with Imagination - Local meat producers, O’Malleys, talk about their products

What is Celiac Cooking? - Great cooking tips for making it tasty!”Evelyn O’Conno

Filleting Fish - Sounds easy? A masterclass by Sean O’Grady, local fisherman

Westport Bee Keepers showcase an observational hive and demo how to use local honey in cooking
All Day
The Clock
Visit the “Druids Den” and experience the “Riverdance of Cookery”. Learn the art of authentic Irish Celtic Cuisine with The Druid Chef, Rory Morahan
Courtyard behind Westport Tourism Office, James Street
Kiddie Korner Activites
Courtyard behind Westport Tourism Office, James Street 
The Grace O'Malley/Granuaile Story
All Day
Courtyard behind Westport Tourism Office, James Street 
Gourmet Greenway Picnic Taster - Cycle from Westport to Newport - A picnic will be provided
11:00am - €20 per person (includes bike rental and picnic)
Meeting point at courtyard behind Westport Tourism Office, James Street
Wine Tasting
7:00pm-9:00pm - €20 per person
Hotel Westport, Newport Road
Late Night Outdoors Foodie Movie
The Laneway (off Bridge Street)

Sunday, Sept. 23

Mushroom Foraging at Knockranny Woods Pick and learn about the mushroom family with Michael Mulholland
Meeting Point: Wyatt Hotel, The Octagon, Westport
Family Foodie Treasure Hunt
Meeting Point; Outside Westport Church, the Mall
Bilungual Food Demo: Lochlann O Mearáin: Clew Bay seafood starter: how to prepare Crab Claws, Lobster, Salmon gravalax, baked oysters, foccacia bread and pickled cucumber.
The Quay Marquee
Wine Tasting: Presented by Irish Times wine writer John Wilson and Wine Australia’s John Mc Donnell
1:00-3:00pm - €20 per person
Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel

Additonal Events at the Quay

The Quay Seafood & Local Produce BBQ
12-5:00pm - 5 food options at €10 per adult
The Quay Marquee 
How to Prepare and Smoke Fresh Fish and Meat Products” - Hosted by Doug Priddy from “A Shore Thing”
The Quay Marquee 
Mussel Production in Clew Bay. Hosted by Padraig Gannon of Croagh Patrick Seafoods
The Quay Marquee 
Kiddie Cooking Demo - Cooking up your Cúpla Focal A cookery workshop for children with Lochlann Ó Mearáin
11.00am - 12.00pm
Westport Woods Hotel
RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Road Show
All Day
The Quay
Westport Tourism Dessert Competiton UP TO €1,000 TO BE WON!
Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel
Connaght Gold Presentations: Food Demo’s, Artisan Food Producers offering food tastings, Organic Vegetable production and Foraging.
All Day
Connaght Gold, Lodge Road, Westport.
40 Mile Tasting Menu; experience locally produced food within a 40 mile radius of Westport for €40 (5 courses). Hosted by Sinead and Jose Barroso of Sio Rio Restaurant
7:00pm - €40 per person. For tickets please call (098) 28944
Sol Rio Restaurant, Bridge Street, Westport

The Westport Food Festival committee is asking people to ‘Like’ the Westport Food Festival on follow @WestportFood on Twitter. 
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