SANTA CLAUS is coming to Town ….. to Carlow Town, that is, on Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2 as Carlow kicks off its Christmas programme with a dedicated weekend of festive family fun scheduled for the Potato Market area in the town centre.
A Taste of Carlow at Christmas promises a great weekend of entertainment and over 40 stands by leading Carlow craft and food producers and restaurants. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a relaxing shopping experience, purchase a special Christmas gift and support local businesses and indigenous craft and food producers.
On the food front visitors will be adequately catered for with an extensive range of Christmas breads, cakes, puddings, mince pies, seasonal fruit tarts, jams, sweet and savoury crepes, chutneys, apple juice, hampers, fresh vegetables, fish and organic meats and turkeys.
Tempting mulled apple juice, mulled wine, a range of hot drinks including cappuccinos and lattes and tasting menus from Carlow Farmers Market and restaurants will keep hunger and thirst at bay throughout the weekend. For those wishing to enter the inaugural Taste of Carlow Culinary Challenge and submit a Carlow recipe using local foodstuffs, this is the perfect place to source all your information.
A prize fund of €3,000 makes this competition a tempting option to turn your cooking passion into your Christmas spending fund!. For more details on the Taste of Carlow Culinary Challenge visit www.carlow-ceb.com
Carlow has an abundance of original, hand made crafts including woodturning, pottery, ironwork, knitting, jewellery and enamels. A Taste of Carlow at Christmas 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.
Santa Claus will arrive in style on Saturday afternoon making sure all Carlow children are on his 'Good List'! And he is planning on staying for the weekend and all day Sunday will be providing trips around town on his special Santa Train.
Adding to the Christmas atmosphere will be Christmas carol singing by local choirs and groups. Free face painting of Christmas characters, balloon making and the official turning on of the Lights Ceremony will ensure a magical weekend for the little ones.
Christmas food demonstrations including Christmas recipes, mulled wine and other Christmas delights will be provided by Alan Foley of the renowned Step House Hotel in Borris, Bernadine Mulhall of Coolanowle Country House and Organic Farm and Dympna Maher of Glosna House over the weekend, while demonstrations of Christmas wreath making will be delivered by the Delta Centre.
Sunday visitors are in for a treat with special appearances from TV3's chef Edward Hayden while Imelda Byrne of RTE's ICA Bootcamp will deliver a special talk on old remedies and tinctures.
Speaking in relation to the event Cathaoirleach of Carlow Town Council, Cllr. Eileen Brophy commented 'Carlow has an abundance of quality craft makers and artisan food producers and restaurants. Spurred on by the huge success of previous events, Carlow Town Council in co-operation with Carlow County Enterprise Board and Carlow Tourism has organised another equally popular festival with lots of Christmas activities for all members of the family to participate in and enjoy. Visitors to the Christmas fair will be guaranteed both excellent shopping and a very special atmosphere with a wide range of merry activities throughout the weekend'.
For more details visit www.carlowtourism.com or telephone 059 9131554.