There will be plenty on the menu for families and children at Westport Food Festival, which takes place from June 23 to June 25. There are workshops and tours, a new fast food race, and of course the Fairgreen Food Village which is fun for everyone. There is also a full programme of (free ) demonstrations from top chefs like Stephan Matz, Michael Heneghan, and Bare Necessities on Saturday, so everyone gets a chance to learn. Demonstrations start at 12 noon with Stephan Matz.
The Fairgreen Food Village is in full swing from 12 noon with the addition of a marquee for demonstrations and workshops. The market will feature an outstanding selection of stalls with food and drink to take home with you or eat on the spot. You will see some old favourites and some new kids on the block too. Expect some interesting lunch options. Bring the shopping basket – it is a great chance to stock the larder with delicious goodies.
Children’s cupcake decorating will get under way at 1.15pm on Saturday, June 24, with well known TV chef Catherine Leyden - who will lead this fun cupcake decorating workshop which takes place at the Fairgreen Food Village. It is a chance for little ones to explore their creative side and see what masterpieces they can produce. All the equipment is provided, just book and turn up for some decorating fun. Booking is through www.eventbrite.ie
Later on that day the Fast Food Race will take place at 2.15pm. It is fast as in speed – whacky obstacle races against the clock as children balance food on a plate while negotiating the challenges. Entry is free and on the day. Separate races will be run for different age groups.
A Pizza Making Masterclass will take place at 3.15pm on the same day where children from three to 12-years-of-age can become mini-chefs at this pizza-making-master-class in the new setting of the Fairgreen Food Village. It is a hands-on workshop experience under the watchful eye of Eoin McDonnell, head chef from the Wyatt Hotel. Children get totally absorbed in making their own pizza. They do everything from stretching out the base to assembling the most artistic and elegant of toppings before taking the masterpiece home to cook. It is amazing to see the wide eyes of a six year old as his/her very own work of culinary art comes out of the oven. The best bit of course is cutting it up and tasting the fruits of their labour – sharing with parents is optional. Booking is through www.eventbrite.ie
Full details of the 2016 Westport Food Festival are available on the website www.westportfoodfestival.ie