Saturday 23 March 2019

Derry Clarke joins Strandhill food fest

Michelin star chef Derry Clarke is among the chefs who will beat the Strandhill Food Festival
Michelin star chef Derry Clarke is among the chefs who will beat the Strandhill Food Festival

Michelin star chef Derry Clarke and award winning chef Gary O'Hanlon will be giving cooking demonstrations at the Strandhill Food Festival.

The festival is now in its 2nd year and is taking place on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th.

It will be held in the unique setting of Sligo Airport in Strandhill.

The team behind the successful Strandhill's People Market are also the festival organisers.

It will be showcasing the very best of local and emerging food vendors, as well as attracting some of Ireland's leading food producers and suppliers to the Northwest.

In its first year in 2017, the festival welcomed over 3000 visitors.

In 2018 the organisers are aiming to attract up to 5000 visitors across the festival weekend. Taking place at a time usually associated with Harvest season, the second year of the festival will draw a hugely successful summer season in Strandhill to a close.

The festival also now moves to two days this year, with a wider programme including two days of food demonstrations and more family fun throughout.

This year's festival includes a full day of demonstrations from local chefs, food bloggers and cookbook authors including Michelin Star Chef, TV Broadcaster and Author Derry Clarke and award-winning chef, radio and TV broadcaster Gary O'Hanlon. They will be joined by seaweed guru and cookbook author Prannie Rhatigan (Irish Seaweed Kitchen), cafe owner and chef, Carolanne Rushe (Sweet Beat Cafe), wild herb and foraging expert, Gaby Wieland (The Organic Centre and Neantóg Farm) Myles Lamberth from Shells Café, with many more to be announced.

Some of Ireland's much loved street food vendors will also be in attendance including Shake Poke, Kimcimera, Pacheco Venezuelan Street Food and The Market Kitchen, stalls from local cafes such as Pudding Row, Nook and Shells Cafe, as well as regular Strandhill People's Market stalwarts Blacksheep Bakery, Sweet Beat Cafe, The Sushi Sisters, Driftwood Coffee Cart, La Cabana, Joy Kitchen and many more.

Allan Mulrooney, Festival co-ordinator, said: "We are excited to announce the return of the Strandhill Food Festival for a second year. We had such a strong response to the festival in 2017, and it's such a great way to wrap up another successful summer season here in Strandhill. With an extra day added, we now have a bigger programme for all to enjoy, and are delighted about the addition of Derry Clarke and Gary O'Hanlon this year."

Tickets are priced just €6 per person. Children under 16 also go free.


Follow the event on Twitter @strandhillSPM and join the conversation by using #StrandhillFoodfest

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