Friday, March 26, 2010

Lismore Farmers’ Market Prepares for A Taste of West Waterford 2010

A very special Lismore Farmers’ Market will convene on Saturday 17th April to set the stage for A Taste of West Waterford. As part of the Waterford Festival of Food chefs from the area’s most popular eateries will assemble on Castle Avenue to ensure that some of the region’s very finest produce is enjoyed exactly where it is made- in West Waterford

Cooks who between them have been described as creating “culinary sparks”, earned a Michelin award and inspired The Irish Times’ celebrity food critic Tom Doorley to declare that, if you have never visited Lismore then “this is the time”, will gather to attest to the culinary clout of the area.

Cuisiners such as Paul Deevey of Richmond House, Joe Willoughby from Ballyrafter House Hotel, Noel and Annmarie Costello of the Brideview Bar and Restaurant and the O’Brien’s Chop House’s Justin Green will display their skills al fresco to serve up the best of local meat, fish and much more for lunch.

Fresh produce to suit all tastes will be on sale on the day. Baked goods, both sweet and savoury, cheese, eggs and honey all produced within a stone’s throw of Lismore will stand alongside an impressive array of Meadowfresh vegetables, Ballycotton Fresh Fish and Tipperary Organic Ice-Cream. O’Flynn’s Gourmet Sausages are guaranteed to go down a treat on the 17th. The Tallow-based company, who have been serving their mouth-watering sausages to crowds on the go in Corks’ English Market for years, are delighted to have the opportunity to feed the hungry hoards on their doorstep. Junior musicians from the Booley House will provide musical accompaniment while plant, jewellery and craft stalls will provide some non-edible temptation.

Those wishing to really get out and about in West Waterford can take the Bus Bia Down On The Farm. Delight younger members of the family with a visit to Michael O’Donnell’s spring lambs and let the adults better understand one of Ireland’s most important industries with an introduction to the Shanavoola suckling beef herd. The Bus Bia will arrive at Lismore Farmers Market just in time for you to choose your lunch from among the wares on offer from the Taste of West Waterford chefs. Bus Bia tickets which include lunch are on sale from the main Waterford Festival of Food ticket office on (058)21104 from Monday 29th March.

According to Michael J. Walsh, Chairman of Lismore Farmers’ Market, Saturday 17th April will be a great day in the market’s history. “The Taste of West Waterford Farmers’ Market will see the greatest showcase of local produce ever arranged right here in the heart of Lismore and I am really looking forward to it.”

Much time and co-operation has gone into ensuring that a true spectacle is in store to those visiting Castle Avenue on the 17th April. Michael J. Walsh extends the Farmers’ Markets’ thanks to Lord and Lady Burlington for their continuing kind support and to all the staff of Lismore Estates. The Market is also grateful to Lismore Mochuda Development Company, Lismore Heritage Centre, the Ballysaggart Festival Committee and Waterford County Council.

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