Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Great Family Fun and Foodie Delights for the Festival of Food in Lismore

It’s the Festival of Food in Lismore as you’ve never seen it before! All the stops have been pulled out to ensure that this is the biggest and best year yet for the Lismore branch of the Waterford Festival of Food.

Saturday 16th April is Market Day. An extended Festival Market will convene on Castle Avenue from 10.00am. The Market will welcome noisy new neighbours as Waterford Macra na Feirme descend on the adjoining field with their day wacky fun events. Everyone is welcome to join them to throw a welly or a horseshoe, a wet sponge or a water balloon. You can milk a ‘cow’, paint a bale, dress a scarecrow or test your favourite toy’s mettle in the Toy Tractor Derby.

It’s not all fun and games: call to the Teagasc and I.F.A. Mobile to speak to a dedicated representative of the dairy, beef and sheep sector; gain a greater appreciation of the role of primary producers and the quality assurance scheme.

There will be music in the Millennium Park, courtesy of Lismore Town Council. Society Four, Sonas and Mike Humphries will perform from the bandstand from noon onwards.

A Festival of Food would hardly be complete without some grub: set price festival menus featuring local produce will be offered by Saffron, Eamonn’s Place, Foley’s On The Mall, The Castle Lodge and Lismore House Hotel with accompanying talks by local food producers Eamonn Lonergan of Knockanore Cheese and Thomas Baldwin of Baldwins Ice Cream. If you believe the best things in life are sweet head to The Summerhouse for a Festival Dessert Plate.

On Friday evening the O’Brien Chop House will host a Kitchen Table Talk on ‘The Art of Salmon Fishing’ as the head ghillie at Ballyvolane House imparts his fishing wisdom and chef Eddie Baguio demonstrates gravalax making techniques. Tickets are €20 including tasting and a glass of wine. Please contact 058-53810 for more.

A small number of places are still available for Cookie Baking for Kids at Blackwater Community School. Baking sessions run from 10.00-11.00am and from 11.00am-12.00pm. Tickets, just €5.00, are available now from Lismore Heritage Centre on 058-54975.

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