Tuesday 17 September 2019

Cattleboat Food Festival sails again

Margaret Roddy

Following the success of the last year's Cattleboat Food Festival, the popular event which celebrates local food returns to The Spirit Store on Saturday afternoon.

The festival is the brainchild of the couple behind Great Northern Larder who collaborated with The Spirit Store to hold the inaugural festival last summer.

If anything, it proved too successful with twice as many people turning up than had been expected, putting the organisers under pressure to feed everyone.

However, Ruairi Brown, says that they have learned from last year and are taking a different approach to this year's event.

'Last year we charged people in and then they didn't have to pay for food. This year, the event is free, and people can buy what food they want from the different vendors.'

'We are hoping that this year's event will be bigger and we are ready for it!'

Once again, the festival will be showcasing the best of locally produced food from the north east and further afield.

'It's all about making people aware of the great food producers that we have,' says Ruairi, whose Great Northern Larder produces a range of sauces and chutneys.

'When we set up the company three years ago, we were looking at food festivals around the country and saying, why doesn't that happen here?'

They are, he says, impressed with the work being done by the Boyne Valley Food to promote the food producers in the area and delighted to contribute to this effort with through the Cattleboat Food Festival.

'We will have food vendors and artisan producers inside in the Spirit Store and also outside on the quay, while the Spirit Store is providing the music and entertainment,' he says. The bar in the Spirit Store will be open for drinks and coffees.

It's a family friendly event with something for all food lovers, including vegan and gluten free options.

Among the food vendors offering their tasty produce on the day are Dark Horse Pizza with their delicious vegan fare, Wee Choo chocolates, exquisite cakes from The Baking Co, mouthwatering

marmalade, chutney and jam from Baked in Belfast, curries, sauces and chutneys from Urban Indian, fresh oysters from the award-winning Carlingford Oyster Company, Great Northern Larder with their delicious condiments, tasty Irish street food from Beatbox street food, ice-cream from Dundalk's own internet sensation XXI ice-cream, Million Dollar Brisket with their a pop-up BBQ, beef jerky from Jerky Jerky, freshly grown 'no spray, no till' vegetables from Jackdaw Farm, Dan Kelly's cider from Drogheda, premium baked goods from Sarah Jane of Carville and McGrath, Oriel Sea Salt, as well as fresh out of the oven pizzas from Great Northern Larder.

The Cattleboat Food Festival takes place from 12noon to 5pm and if last year's event is anything to go by, the advice is to go along early as the early bird catches the worm!

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