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Tasty! Taste of Carlow Food Festival

Alan Foley of carlow's Step House is the McKennas Guides Chef of the Year 2014 Pic by Nick O'Keeffe

Alan Foley of Carlow’s Step House is the McKennas Guides Chef of the Year 2014 Pic by Nick O’Keeffe

Carlow is Tasty!

Taste of Carlow Food Festival is on Sunday 31 August 2014, and it is stuffed full of food, fun, and even family foraging!

There are SO many reasons to visit Carlow, it is full of tasty treasures! The Taste of Carlow is taking place along the river Barrow in Carlow Town from 12-6pm, and it promises to be an event for both foodies and families. I’ll be there, and hope you will, too. Follow the hashtag #TasteCarlow on Twitter & Instagram to see what will be happening on the day- plus I’m also arranging a Blogger’s Tour of Carlow, and we’ll be sharing photos & Carlow tips using #TasteCarlow. If YOU are in or have been to Carlow, do share your pics & Carlow tips using #TasteCarlow, too– let’s spread the word about what’s tasty & good in Carlow 🙂

Check out some of what’s on at Taste of Carlow:


Savour all that is wonderful about Carlow at Taste of Carlow, a dedicated craft and food fair on Sunday 31st August from  12 – 6 p.m. on the River Barrow Promenade, Barrow Track, Carlow Town.

Taste of Carlow - Sunday 31st August

Taste of Carlow – Sunday 31st August


This artisan food and craft fair, which is in its 4th year, will feature local craft and food producers. There will be food demonstrations by leading Carlow chefs, tasting menus, Bungee Trampoline, Kite Flying, face painting, water activities and musical/family entertainment!

Visitors to Taste of Carlow are invited to meet, learn from, taste and smell the produce of the many hospitality providers and artisan food producers whose passion and commitment is profiling Carlow as an up and coming food destination.

Artisan foods will include cheeses, juices, jams, chutneys, crepes, beverages, home baking, fresh meat, organic fruit and vegetables, organic home made burgers and chips, ice cream and mouth watering chocolates. Enjoy your lunch on the banks of the gentle River Barrow!

Cheese  making demonstrations will be delivered by Tom Burgess of Coolattin Cheddar, and the Carlow Bee Keepers Association will give an insight into the fascinating world of honey.

Fiona Dillon author of Food from an Irish garden, Dympna Maher, Healing Herbs and Alan Foley head chef of Step House, Borris will provide insights into the delights of good cooking and healthy foods.

Paul Stock from SMOQUE  Restaurant and Tapas will provide mouth watering Tapas Carlow Style. Imelda Byrne from the ICA Bootcamp will also be in attendance.

Carlow enjoys an abundance of original, hand made crafts including woodturning, pottery and jewellery. A Taste of Carlow is the perfect opportunity to meet local artists and craftspeople who have created a wealth of beautiful and collectible pieces in both traditional and contemporary designs. Featuring ceramics and knitwear, hand crafted enamels, art, jewellery, embroidery and hand made cards, the craft fair is guaranteed to appeal to anybody seeking a special gift or those who just want to browse and soak in the atmosphere of the riverside area.

For the younger among us there is lots of fun entertainment throughout the day, with face painting, musical entertainment & more. While here make sure and visit Carlow Town Park, immediately adjacent, a wonderful amenity for all the family which features a safe and secure children’s playground. Other activities for the little ones include a craft area, bouncy castle and  bungee trampoline.

River activities on the day will focus on demonstrations by Carlow Sub Aqua and Carlow Rowing Club and Civil Defence.

Carlow has so many quality craft makers and artisan food producers and restaurants. This event recognises the importance of this resource by bringing both buyers and sellers together in a dedicated one day event against the backdrop of the lovely River Barrow. Visitors to the fair will be guaranteed both excellent shopping and a very special atmosphere with a wide range of activities throughout the day.

Free Admission and ample free car parking available

For more information telephone 059-9136204 or visit


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