WESTPORT FOOD FESTIVAL 2012

 WESTPORT'S 2ND ANNUAL FOOD FESTIVAL 2012

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Friday 21st September,  Time: 9am – 5pm ,
Venue: Castlecourt Hotel ,  Admission: Free
Recipes for Success: The Business of Food
Westport Food Festival has partnered 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. 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.                                                             

Friday 21st September,  Time:7pm till late ,
Venue: Hotel Westport ,  Admission: €500 per table (10 guests)
Come Dine With Me!
Back by popular demand to open the festival weekend .Start the evening with a sparkling wine reception along with a meet n' greet and sampling of our local food products. A six-course dinner will showcase the synergy between Westport's chefs and food producers with the chefs divided into teams and each team responsible for a different course. A video link to the kitchen will allow diners to watch the chefs cook up a storm before voting for their favourite team. Guest MC is celebrity reporter Noel Cunningham of TV3's Ireland AM, who will keep everyone entertained. Dinner is followed by a Parade of Chefs and music and dancing til dawn with local band "What the Funk". All guests leave with a special goody bag. Remember,
your vote counts! 7:00pm: Sparkling Wine Reception & Meet Local Producers;
8:00pm Dinner Hotel Westport Nb.Table packages can be purchased from Hotel
Westport's Main Reception

Saturday 22ND September, Time: 12pm - 5pm ,
Venue: The Octagon,  Admission: 'Covey' food shillings  
Westport Food Festival Village
Over 15 local hoteliers. Food Sampling: €10 = 1 wine glass + 5 covey shillings; €2 per covey shilling. Each
covey shilling entitles you to a food sample at the respective food marquees.   

Westport Food Village Master Classes:   The Octagon     

  •  "The Art of Cooking Salmon" by Rory Morahan, The Druid Chef ,12:00pm,  Free  
  •  Chocolatier Demo: Learn how those lovely treats are created!, 2:00pm,  Free  
  •  Farm to Fork Meat Cuts 'by Jack & Eddie O'Malley followed by a meat cooking demo 3:00pm   Free
  •  Connaght Gold Demo 3:30pm   Free  

 Saturday 22nd. September, Time: 3pm , Venue: Westport Further Education College, Newport Road,  Admission: FREE       
"Square Food Gardening"
How to grow your own garden in a small space, hosted by Cormac Langan.

Saturday 22nd. September, Time: 12pm - 5pm , Venue: The Clock & Clock Tavern.   Admission: FREE        
Food Fringe Producers Market & Workshop
Westport Bee Keepers showcase an observational hive and demo how to use local honey in
cooking 12-5pm

  •  "Cooking Shellfish in Five Easy Minutes!" Kate O'Connor Kennedy 1:00pm  
  •  "Cooking Pork with Imagination" - Local meat producers, O'Malleys, talk about their products 2:00pm   Free  
  •  "What is Celiac Cooking?" - Great cooking tips for making it tasty!"Evelyn Connor 2:30pm   Free      
  • "Mayo beef - the best in Europe" - A chat with local butcher, Seamus Hawkshaw 3:00pm   Free  
  • "Filleting Fish" - Sounds easy? A masterclass by Sean O'Grady, fisherman, who passed on his knowledge and experience when it comes to different styles for different fish 4:00pm   Free  

Saturday 22nd. September, Time: 1pm - 5pm , Venue:  Courtyard behind Westport Tourism Office,
James Street.    Admission: FREE         
Visit the "Druids Den" and experience the "Riverdance of Cookery". Learn the art of authentic Irish Celtic Cuisine and identify Irish food as it once was (as gaeilge agus bearla); Rory Morahan, The Druid Chef.

Saturday 22nd. September, Time: 11am - 5pm , Venue:  Courtyard behind Westport Tourism Office,
James Street.    Admission: FREE               

  • Kiddie Korner Activites & Facepainting.  
  • The Grace O'Malley/Granuaile Story (Sponsored by Westport House)  

Saturday 22nd. September, Time: 11am - 5pm , Venue:  Courtyard behind Westport Tourism Office,
James Street.    Admission: €20
per person (includes bike rental and picnic)        
"Gourmet Greenway Picnic Taster" Cycle from Westport to Newport and back along the award-winning Great Western Greenway. A picnic will be provided packed with produce from the Gourmet Greenway food producers trail en route. Email: orla@westportfoodfestival.ie

Saturday 22nd. September, Time: 7pm - 9pm , Venue:  TBC   Admission: €20 per person     
Wine Tasting (Sponsored by Wines Direct) Email:orla@westport foodfestival.ie       

Saturday 22nd. September, Time: 9pm till late , Venue:  The Laneway (off Bridge Street)  Admission:
FREE      
Late Night Outdoors Foodie Movie 

Saturday 22nd. September, Time: 7pm till late , Venue:  restaurants, hotels, & bars throughout
Westport.  Admission: €25 per person three-course Westport Food Festival Menu showcasing ingredients from local food producers.
Look out for the Westport Food Festival logos on menus! 

Sunday, 23rd. September, Time: 10am,
Venue: Car park at Croagh Patrick. Admission:  €20 per person
Croagh Patrick Seafood Summit - Mussels & Oyster Tasting. Experience the "high" of fresh Clew Bay seafood from the top of Croagh Patrick. For fit foodies! Hosted by Myles O'Brien, The
Tavern, Murrisk. Email: orla@westport foodfestival.ie

Sunday, 23rd. September, Time: 11am, Venue:  Wyatt Hotel, The Octagon, Westport Admission:  FREE      
"Mushroom Foraging at Knockranny Woods" - Pick and learn about the mushroom family by a GMIT
expert.  Email: orla@westport foodfestival.ie

Sunday, 23rd. September, Time: 1pm, Venue: Westport RC Church,  Admission:  FREE     
Family Foodie Treasure Hunt (sponsored by Westport House)
Great Family Prizes to be Won! 
Route: The Crescent > Hotel Westport > Westport House > Westport Quay.

Sunday, 23rd. September, Time: TBC, Venue: TBC,  Admission:  FREE      
Seafood Foraging (additional information to be provided)     

Sunday, 23rd. September, Time: 7pm, Venue:  Sol Rio Restaurant, Bridge Street, Westport Admission:€40 per person       
40 Mile Tasting Menu

Experience locally produced food within a 40 mile radius of Westport for E40 (5 Courses). Hosted by Sinead and Jose Barroso of Sio Rio Restaurant. Please contact (098) 28944 to make a reservation

Sunday, 23rd. September, Time: 12-5:00pm, Venue: The Marquee, Westport Quay,  Admission:  see details below...
The Quay Seafood & Local Produce BBQ: 5 food options at €10 per adult (includes one child free per adult)

"How to Prepare and Smoke Fresh Fish and Meat Products" - Hosted by Doug Priddy from "A Shore Thing", 2:00pm, Free

Mussel Production in Clew Bay. Hosted by Padraig Gannon of Croagh Patrick Seafoods, 3:00pm, Free

Covey Cocktail Competition: 'Who makes the best cocktail in Westport' ? Watch them "shake it up" for
this prestigous title (Sponsored by Dillons) 
4:00pm, Free

RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Road Show, All Day, Free

Kiddie Facepainting & Pony Rides, All Day, Free

The Grace O'Malley/Granuaile Story (Sponsored by Westport House) All Day, Free

Sunday, 23rd. September, Time: All day, Venue: Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel, Admission:
FREE      
Westport Tourism Dessert Competiton.
Come and drool at the magnificent desserts created for this competition.
Competition forms/information available to download from
www.westporttourism.com or phone 087 6167396) Closing Date August 31.
PRIZES UP TO €1,000 TO BE WON!!

Sunday, 23rd. September, Time: All day, Venue: Connaght Gold, Lodge Road, Westport Admission: FREE      
Connaght Gold Presentations: Connaght Gold Food Tastings & Demos  Farmers Milk distribution information session      
Come and meet our lovely pets and learn from the experts how to take care of your
pets (live pets on-site)    

 

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