Dates announced for Westport Food Festival 2012

Dates announced for Westport Food Festival 2012

Save the date foodies – dates announced for second Westport Food Festival

It’s back! After a successful inaugural event, the second Westport Food Festival will take place from Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 23, 2012.

Pictured are the Westport Food Fesival Committee, from left: Sinead Lambert Barosso, Proprietor, Sol Rio Restaurant & Cafe; Declan Heneghan, General Manager, Hotel Westport; Orla O’Malley, Festival Director; Barney Clarke, General Manager, The Wyatt Hotel; Redmond Cabot, Westport Country Markets; Eoin McDonnell, Head Chef, Wyatt Hotel; Stephanie Colombani, CEO, Westport Chamber; and Thomas Lizee; Westport Woods Hotel. Pic: Michael Mc Laughlin

The eight-strong Westport Food Festival committee comprising local hoteliers, restaurateurs, chefs, business people and food producers has confirmed that this year’s food festival will see the return of some of the most popular initiatives from last year.

Following last year’s success, the centre of Westport will once again be turned into a tented food village with stalls offering the very best of food from Mayo producers, restaurants, hotels, cafes and chefs.

Last year’s festival sell-out dinner, Come Dine with Me, will also return along with a variety of cooking demonstrations, food workshops, competitions as well as one or two great surprises, according to organisers. The full festival programme will be announced next month.

The Westport Food Festival is again being supported by Fáilte Ireland and Pallas Foods.

“We are very grateful to Fáilte Ireland and Pallas Foods, without whose help it would be very difficult to stage a festival of this type and we welcome support from any other interested sponsors and urge them to get in contact with us. The Westport Food Festival is a community-based event with family values and a perfect sponsorship property”, said Sinead Lambert Barosso, co-chairperson, Westport Food Festival.

“Everyone now knows that Westport is the best place to live in Ireland and the Westport Food Festival reinforces that we have the best food producers, chefs, hotels, restaurants and pubs and allows us to further showcase Mayo’s food credentials”, added Barney Clarke, co-chairperson, Westport Food Festival.

In the meantime, why not have a look at last year’s festival …

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