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Friday 20 April 2018

First farmers' market draws crowd to hotel

Chef Val Murphy, Lorna Whitty and kitchen and purchasing manager Chris Farrell at the Redmond Farm stand
Chef Val Murphy, Lorna Whitty and kitchen and purchasing manager Chris Farrell at the Redmond Farm stand
Toby Falconer, Fiona Falconer and Carol Doyle at the Wild About stand
Gillian Leonard with her son Flynn Byrne

The finest of Wexford food produce attracted a steady stream of visitors to the first Taste of Wexford farmers' market at The Ashdown Park Hotel on Sunday.

'It went way beyond our expectations,' said a spokesperson for the hotel. 'The traders were delighted. All of them sold their average or above average normal sales. We were really pleased with it overall.'

Many of the products will be sold in the hotel, and will feature on the Taste of Wexford menu in the restaurant.

The stalls were set up in the courtyard of the hotel, which was a very quiet operation as the bedrooms were above.

Later, once the market got going, music by 'From Venus to Mars' lifted the atmosphere as people sat in the dining area and enjoyed the day.

The market will run on the second Sunday of every month until October, and the next one will be held on Sunday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An additional ten local food producers are coming on board, and children's activities such as face painting will also feature.

Gorey Guardian

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