Charming seaside town? Check. Friendly folk? Check. Great food & wine? Check!
The Wexford Food and Wine Festival 2014 is serving up a fantastic weekend 23-25 May.
There will be lots of scrumptious food on offer in the stalls, and fab events, too. The Irish Craft Beer & Food Matching event sounds great. It’s on at the Cistín Eile Restaurant, which is very good. Or so I’ve often been told– we tried to get a meal there during our last Wexford Food Festival visit but it was booked up– so; TIP: if you’d like a meal there plan ahead.
Whether you’re in Ireland on vacation or you’re just enjoying a day trip, check out the festival and all the tasty delights:
The festival has a fun filled menu with over 50 events celebrating the county’s superb and thriving food scene. There will be plenty on offer for all tastes young and not so young, with mouthwatering demonstrations & workshops plus family fun activities and entertainment. Here are some of the highlights- do also check the full programme of Wexford Food and Wine Festival here.
Friday Evening: Seafood & Singing
The festival opens Friday, May 23 with an evening of ‘Sea Shanty’ and fish at Greenacres Gallery. Peter Caviston, Fishmonger of Glasthule and the Dublin Male voice choir ‘Brook Singers’ join forces for an evening celebrating Seafood.
Saturday and Sunday Fun & Food
On Saturday and Sunday, guided foraging takes off at 9.45am from The Raven in Curracloe with the excursion guided by the Blackstairs Eco Trails.
If you’d rather hear about foraging then join cook and author of ‘Wild Food’ and judge of ‘The Great Irish Bake-Off’ Biddy White Lennon who will discuss ‘Foraging for Fun’, where and when to forage for wild food in spring and early summer at 1pm on Saturday.
If it’s the food you are planning to enjoy on Saturday evening you can’t go wrong by heading to Wexford Boat Club for a Festival Hog roast and BBQ or take in the highlight of the Food Festival at the open air Food Producers Market at Selskar Square and South Main Street in the heart of Wexford town. A host of outdoor food producers featuring local, regional and Welsh artisan produce. Food producers and growers will display fresh produce ranging from breads, cakes, ice cream, seasonal fruit including Wexford’s famed strawberries, eggs, cheese meat and much more! To add to the festival atmosphere a tasty side helping of family entertainment will also be provided. This market will also be open on Sunday, May 25.
If you’d like to get involved in the cooking process head to the Irish National Heritage Park where visitors have the opportunity to experience an ancient cooking method used by our ancestors; Fulacht Fiadh. Dating back to the early Christian age skinned animals were wrapped in straw and placed into a pit of boiling water which had been heated using rocks from a fire. It has been discovered that this ancient cooking method is very similar to that of our modern ovens – 20 minutes to the pound and 20 minutes over! Visitors will have the opportunity to taste meat cooked in this traditional method.
Irish Craft Beer!
More festival cheer is to be found with a good helping of Craft Beer, at the ‘Irish Craft Beer & Food Matching’ 2pm on Saturday 24 May with Cuilan Loughnane of White Gypsy Brewery and Warren Gillen of Cistín Eile Restaurant. Cuilan is one of the early pioneers of Irish brewing and has built up a great reputation for his quality beers, recently bottling for the restaurant trade. Many of the same principals can be seen in at Cistín Eile. Warren too prides himself on sourcing his ingredients from local artisan producers and has also built up a reputation nationwide for his contemporary Irish food. This event is a must for anyone who appreciates high quality food and beer using locally sourced ingredients.
Greenacres Restaurant, winners of numerous awards including Food and Wine Magazine, ‘Best Wine Experience,’ will host some key sommeliers for the festival weekend. Philipe Germain from Chateau de la Roulerie vineyard whose origins date back to the 11th century, Bertrard from Domaine Deshaires of Pouilly Fuisse and Pascual Toso Tasting and Frank Kinneen The Vineyard, Galway will all be on hand to share their expect wine knowledge.
A series of GIY workshops, Composting workshops and Beekeeping workshops will also be available throughout the weekend.