After the success of the first Westport Food Festival last year, the food-lovers’ must-do event is back, this year taking place from Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 23.
The eight-strong Westport Food Festival committee – comprising local hoteliers, restaurateurs, chefs, business people and food producers – has confirmed that this year’s food festival will see the return of some of the most popular parts of last year’s festival.
The centre of Westport will once again be turned into a tented food village with stalls offering the delectable delights from Mayo producers, restaurants, hotels, cafes and chefs. Last year’s festival sell-out dinner, Come Dine with Me, will also return along with a variety of cooking demonstrations, food workshops, competitions as well as one or two great surprises, according to organisers.
The Westport Food Festival is again being supported by Fáilte Ireland and Pallas Foods. “We are very grateful to Fáilte Ireland and Pallas Foods, without whose help it would be very difficult to stage a festival of this type and we welcome support from any other interested sponsors and urge them to get in contact with us. The Westport Food Festival is a community-based event with family values and a perfect sponsorship property,” said Sinéad Lambert- Barosso, Chairperson, Westport Food Festival.
“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,” added Barney Clarke, Treasurer, Westport Food Festival.
There is no word yet on whether the extremely popular Fringe Foodies festival event, which took place around the clock at the bottom of High Street last year, will be back. We’ll know more next month though, when the full festival programme will be announced.
The Westport Food Festival Committee is asking supporters to ‘like’ the Westport Food Festival on www.facebook.com/westportfoodfestival and follow @WestportFood on Twitter. The official website is www.westportfoodfestival.ie