Monday, March 14, 2011

Lismore Leg of the Festival of Food to Give It Welly

Exciting new events and a return of old favourites ensure that 2011 will be the best year yet for the Lismore branch of the Waterford Festival of Food.

Saturday 16th April is the big Food Festival Day in Lismore. Kick off the day with a hearty breakfast at Rose’s West End Bar then enjoy some peace and quiet while the kids roll up their sleeves at the Children’s’ Baking Workshops in Blackwater Community School. Kindly facilitated by Catherine Toomey, the Children’s Workshops are always a sell-out; tickets and more information will be available from Lismore Heritage Centre on 058-54975 in the coming weeks.

That will be the end of the relaxation as Waterford Macra is planning a day of raucous fun in the field adjacent to the Millennium Park and Lismore playground, kindly given by Lismore Estates, and they want everyone to get involved. If you don’t want to ‘Pimp my Welly’ or paint a bale you could dress the scarecrow or milk the “cow”. There’s a Toy Tractor Derby if you think your model Massey or Ford has got what it takes and Farm Skills challenges for the young farmers out there.

If you avoid the wellies and wet sponges being thrown you can make an informative visit to the Teagasc and I.F.A. Mobile Unit. Speak to a dedicated representative of the dairy, beef and sheep sector to gain a greater appreciation of the role of primary producers and the quality assurance scheme. Experience the journey food takes to your plate and gain fascinating insights into areas such as Ireland’s role in the global baby food market.

The Farmers’ Market will convene on Castle Avenue, its scenic home. An extended Festival Market will ensure an abundance of the high quality, locally produced goods we have come to expect from the stallholders. Market Day will begin at 9.30a.m. Music in the Millennium Park will be provided courtesy of Mayor Orla Russell.

Special events are planned over the entire course of the Festival weekend, Friday 15th-Sunday 17th April. Festival menus featuring local produce will be available in participating restaurants. On Friday evening the head ghillie at Ballyvolane House will impart his fishing wisdom to the diners at O’Brien Chop House. The Summerhouse Café will be serving a yummy dessert plate on Friday and Saturday. Saffron, Eamonn’s Place, The Castle Lodge and Foley’s are also getting in on the act with special menus and events.

On Sunday 17th April local chefs Paul & Claire Deevy, Richmond House, Noel & Annemarie Costello, The Bride View Bar, and Justin & Jenny Green from The O’Brien Chop House will bring “A Taste of West Waterford” to the monster Farmers’ Market in Dungarvan Town Square.

In preparing this extended new programme of events the Lismore Festival of Food Committee would like to thank Lord and Lady Burlington, Denis Nevin and Jerry Twomey of Lismore Estates, Mayor Orla Russel and Lismore Town Council, Lismore Heritage Centre, Lismore Mochuda Development Company Ltd. and the businesses of the town.

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