A feast of fun at food festival
Fair play to the organisers of this year's Tralee Food Festival. The event proved a massive success and the decision to bring the event forward from September to the May Bank Holiday weekend was an inspired one.
The town centre was packed on Saturday as hundreds of families, from all over the county, descended on the town centre to enjoy a sun soaked day of food, music and fun.
It was one of the busiest Bank Holiday weekends seen in Tralee for many a year and the party atmosphere around The Mall and the Town Square on Saturday and Sunday was a joy to behold.
The fifth running of the festival - which was organised by Tralee Chamber Alliance with the support of Kerry County Council and scores of local businesses - offered something for every age and taste.
Highlights of the new look festival included an extended two day taste trail where festival-goers could sample food and treats from Tralee's best eateries for just €3 a serving; food demos by leading local chefs and a wide array of stalls offering all manner of street food.
The centrepiece of the festival was a dedicated market where some of Kerry's best artisan food producers were showing off their wares.
Town centre business owners were delighted with the event and the crowds it drew. One publican even reported Saturday trading that far exceeded last year's Rose of Tralee.
The festival's coordinators have come in for considerable praise with David Scott of Tralee Chamber Alliance - the event's main organiser - singled out for particular acclaim.
As one happy publican said: "That fella deserves a medal."