TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012 THE TWO-DAY Taste of Carlow festival went down well with all who turned up to sample some culinary delights and examine the local craftsmanship.
The festival, which took place in the heart of Carlow town, saw hundreds sample food from over 40 stands by leading Carlow craft and food producers and restaurants.
Visitors managed to enjoy 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.
Despite the bad weather on Sunday Santa Claus still managed to arrive in style and offered trips around town on his special Santa Train.
' There were quite a number of local musicians there and they were fantastic, they were really superb,' said Town Clerk Michael Brennan.
Adding to the Christmas atmosphere there was carol singing, face painting of Christmas characters, balloon making and the official turning on of the Lights Ceremony.
Everyone enjoyed also a cook off between Alan Foley of the renowned Step House Hotel in Borris, Bernadine Mulhall, of Coolanowle Country House and Organic Farm, Dympna Maher, of Glosna House and TV3's chef Edward Hayden and Imelda Byrne of RTE's ICA Bootcamp. This taste of Carlow went down really well.