Athlone Shannon Feastival will take centre stage this weekend

Meet the vikings during the inaugural Athlone Shannon Feastival this weekend

Meet the vikings during the inaugural Athlone Shannon Feastival this weekend

The countdown on, the line-up is confirmed, the excitement is building and the weather forecast is good! What more could you need for a great weekend of fun?

This weekend, September 8 and 9, the inaugural Athlone Shannon Feastival is set to attract large numbers of families to the midlands town with an action packed plethora of activities planned for the two day event.

The Radisson Blu festival marquee, located at the castle walls, will be the hub of activity, hosting workshops, talks, demos and kids entertainment all weekend.

The Feastival’s official launch event takes place on Saturday afternoon at 4pm when the Sheraton chefs will be busy shucking oysters, kindly sponsored by the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, to accompany Guinness from Sean’s Bar and Jazz at Feastival HQ.

The vikings are landing and will set up the Sheraton Viking Settlement at the Strand, where visitors can experience viking life by exploring the medieval village and seeing weapon making, embroidery, medieval cooking and more!

On Saturday evening local chefs sharpen their knives and forks and wield their tongs for the Viking BBQ cook-off at 6pm, an event sure to satisfy the appetite.

Sunday is known for being a day for relaxation so why not treat yourself by visiting the Sirana Spa Wellness Area for some pampering and massage? Or for a bit more action, watch the local crews as they battle it out to be crowned ‘Champions of The Shannon’ in the leisure boat rowing races.

Professional flyboarders take centre stage at 4pm as they hover over the river performing a variety of amazing stunts and tricks.

The Flogas Demo Kitchen hosts a series of foodie talks, cooking demos and tasty treats all afternoon, while at 6pm Viking Mike casts off and sets sail for a Viking Whiskey Cruise hosted by Midlands Whiskey Experiences.

Cafes and restaurants participating in the Feastival Food Trail all weekend include The Fatted Calf, Kin Khao, Thyme, Smoke BBQ, The Corner House Bistro, Fine Wine & Food Company, La Cucina Di Angelo, The Radisson Blu Hotel, Hodson Bay Hotel Sheraton Athlone Hotel and The Prince Bar with more to be announced.

Fashion puts its best foot forwards at the Feastival Fashion Trail. Burgess Department Store hosts a series of workshops from 11.30am on Saturday with Kathryn Byrne of YOUR IMAGE MATTERS and Athlone TownCentre hosts a STYLE SQUAD event with Rebecca Rose Stylist and Tanya from My Little Love Stories Blog from 12-4pm.

Meander the Music Trail around Athlone’s pubs featuring sessions at Sean’s Bar, The Snug, The Castle Inn, Fiddler’s Bar, The Malt House, The Sheraton Athlone Hotel Bar, The Quayside Bar at The Radisson Blu Hotel, The Prince Bar and The Waterfront Bar in the Hodson Bay Hotel.

The Artisan Food Village, open Saturday and Sunday, will showcase the best of locally produced food from producers including Kilbeggan Chocolate, Tara Jams, Wild Irish Foragers, KO Kombucha, Quarrymount Farm, Durrow Mills, Behan’s Fruit & Veg, Harvest Café, Radisson Blu Hotel, Prince of Wales Hotel and more.

Other highlights of the weekend include:

Heritage Boat Spectacle and Cruiser Flotilla

Whiskey walking tours, and tastings with Athlone Whiskey Tours

Performances by The Band of the 2nd Brigade and recitals by ‘Poetry in the Park’ at Athlone Castle

FREE Guided Tours at selected times at Athlone Castle and Luan Gallery

‘Reflections’ A special Waterways Ireland Archive Exhibition at Abbey Road Artist Studio and Luan Gallery

The Feastival is the opening act to the global World Canals conference from September 10-12, expected to attract over 400 delegates from all over the world to Athlone.

The Athlone Shannon Feastival is supported by Westmeath County Council. Roscommon County Council, Waterways Ireland and the Creative Ireland Fund. Major sponsors of the event include Sheraton Athlone Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel, Viking Tours and Flogas.

For a full programme of events visit http://www.athlone.ie/visit/athlone-shannon-feastival/ and https://www.facebook.com/shannonfeastivalathlone/or follow @Ath_Feastival.

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