Sunday 25 August 2019

Rockin' Food Festival is going green for the environment

Next month's anticipated event to focus on sustainability

Shadya, Ellie, Leliah, Eva, Darcy, Ella at the recent launch of the Rockin’ Food Festival in Enniscorthy
Shadya, Ellie, Leliah, Eva, Darcy, Ella at the recent launch of the Rockin’ Food Festival in Enniscorthy

Simon Bourke

The Rockin' Food Festival is going green this year by dispensing with single-use plastics and introducing waste management stations.

The festival, which runs from August 2-5, is focusing on sustainability with its 'Rockin' Green' campaign and food vendors and festival goers are encouraged to get involved.

One of the waste management stations at the festival will be a giant Norman character made of recycled materials, a nod to the 850th anniversary of the Norman invasion.

The Festival is renowned for being an all-inclusive, family-orientated weekend featuring the best locally produced food and drink in the South East. And this year it will also play host to more than 120 musical acts on its Free Outdoor Main Stage and the Rock 'n' Roll Trail, including the Hicksville Bombers, The Revolutionaires and Sharnae May & The Mayhems.

A range of interactive kids' workshops will be running over the weekend, among them 'Go Car Go' and 'The Looney Gas Show' which both seek to educate children about important ecological topics in a fun and exciting way. Other kids events' include Slime Making, Pizza Making Classes, Ancient East Storytelling and Kayaking Sessions.

Over 100 food, drink and craft vendors, vegan and free-from options among them, will take to the streets of Enniscorthy for the free Artisan Festival Market.

Free cookery demos, tastings and health and wellbeing talks with Edward Hayden, Paul Hynes of La Cote, and Karen and Natalie Keane of Bean & Goose Chocolate will also take place over the weekend.

The festival's fringe events include tours to local food-producing farms such as Wheelocks' Fruit Farm and Regan Organic Farm whose tour highlights the importance of sustainable farming and food production.

The Rockin' Food Festival was recently shortlisted for Ireland's Best Cultural Experience and Ireland's Best Tourism Initiative at the National LAMA awards and won Best Festival at the South East Hospitality Awards.

Enniscorthy Guardian