Less turf, more surf as Paidi launches food fest
HE is more at home scoring points or serving pints.
But yesterday Paidi O Se (pictured left) was serving up a treat to some local diners to promote his home county as a food destination.
The former Kerry football star and publican was on hand to help launch the Dingle Peninsula Food and Wine Festival and Blas na hEireann food awards, which take place in west Kerry from September 30 to October 2.
Long recognised as having some of the top restaurants and bars in the country, Dingle is now promoting its local food producers and mapping its future as a food tourism destination.
This year's festival, the fifth, will feature more than 50 taste trails, where festivalgoers can sample local cuisine in some unusual venues such as art galleries and jewellery shops, as well as in restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Food producers from all over Ireland are invited to enter the Blas na hEireann awards and visitors are promised many opportunities to sample their wares throughout the festival.
Other highlights include the annual fish barbecue on the marina and a free cookery demonstration in the atmospheric St James's Church. There will also be a range of workshops covering everything from bee-keeping to chocolate-making and foraging for food on nearby mountains and beaches.