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Monday 22 July 2019

A festival to savour

Orla Redmond, Saoirse O’Reilly, Angela Heffernan and Ciara O’Briain enjoying the Taste of Wicklow on Sunday. Photos: Paul Messitt
Orla Redmond, Saoirse O’Reilly, Angela Heffernan and Ciara O’Briain enjoying the Taste of Wicklow on Sunday. Photos: Paul Messitt
Kenny McGuire, Keith Symes and the Druid Chef, Rory Morahan, at Taste of Wicklow

Myles Buchanan

Close to 5,000 people attended the Taste of Wicklow Food Festival held in the scenic Abbey Grounds on Sunday.

Luckily enough the weather held off, despite one or two slight drizzle showers. The event, now in its seventh year, featured celebrity chefs such as Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio, Rory Morahan, as well as a wide selection of local chefs.

Guests could take browse around over 40 food stalls and an additional 30 craft stalls. There was also plenty of entertainment for the younger family members, such as children's games, magician shows and stilt walkers.

Taste of Wicklow PRO, Pascal Burke, was delighted with the turnout.

'We had close to 5,000 people in attendance, which was a tremendous attendance. We were showcasing Wicklow produce and Wicklow lamb in particular. People didn't want to leave once the event had finished. It was a very positive weekend and showed the great sense of community spirit in this vibrant town.'

He also praised the involvement of residents of the Direct Provision Centre in the Grand Hotel.

'We had over 20 people from the Grand volunteering and they were a great help. We would like to thank everyone who participated, helped out or attended any of the events,' said Mr Burke.

For the first time the festival took place over three days, starting with the outdoor screening of the family favourite movie 'The Greatest Showman' in the Abbey Ground on Friday night.

'Live at the Abbey' took place on Saturday, starting with some local acts, followed by the popular Bob Marley tribute band 'Jameire' and the ever-popular UB40 tribute band 'Promises and Lies.'

'We had lots of parents and children attending the movie night, while around 2,000 people watched the live concert,' added Mr Burke.

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