Monday 16 September 2019

Delight in Enniscorthy for Rockin’ Food Fest

Dave Byrnes, Bridget Murphy and Ray Murphy at Enniscorthy Castle.
Dave Byrnes, Bridget Murphy and Ray Murphy at Enniscorthy Castle.

Cathy Lee

Enniscorthy was rocking in full swing for the fifth annual Rockin' Food Festival which this year focused on sustainable foods, and included cooking demonstrations, dancing, historic tours and authentic tastes for all the family to enjoy.

Celebrating all things fun, over 100 food, drink and craft vendors, with vegan and 'free from' options among them, took to the streets for the free Artisan Festival Market.

It was music to the ears of organisers when they saw crowds take to dancing as the Hicksville Bombers, The Revolutionaries and Sharnae May and The Mayhems took to the main stage during the Rock 'n' Roll Trail.

'What has really been the highlight for us is just the volume of people that have come to Enniscorthy from all over the country, over 120,000 people we have counted so far and we're up on last year,' said Jean O'Connell of the committee.

'So much hard work has been put in by everyone involved, it's the biggest weekend of the year. We have the combination of family fun, food and rock and roll, those three elements make it work,' she said.

A range of interactive kids' workshops ran throughout the weekend, including pizza making, Ancient East storytelling, Kayaking sessions as well as slime making, which proved very popular with youngsters.

Children learned about caring for animals also during the guided tour of pigs, chickens, ducks and more with Regan's Organic Farm.

All the tastes of Wexford could be enjoyed as the Wexford Food Family members showcased their best locally sourced products on offer at the food marquee.

Enniscorthy Castle was a focal point throughout the weekend as there was fun for all the family during the tours, with real life medieval characters on hand, visitors could even sample medieval tastes on Sunday at the Norman castle.

It was important to keep things green over the weekend and, using the hashtag '#RockinGreen', organisers encouraged visitors to dispose of food waste responsibly as well as making an effort to recycle. All hot drinks were served in compostable cups from coffee vendors also.

Enniscorthy Guardian