Get set for ready, steady, cook Westmeath style

The Ready, Steady, Cook, Westmeath Style cookery challenge presented by Co Westmeath Tourism Ltd will take place at 8pm on Wednesday November 4 in the Visitor Centre of Belvedere House, Gardens and Park, Mullingar. Aimed as an exciting new food event to promote local restaurants in the county, it’s sure to be a fun night out for foodies and a treat not to be missed!

“The emphasis is on supporting local businesses and offer a new style of food event for people to enjoy. Each participating restaurant has nominated a chef to take part and the chefs will cook off against each other in pairs against the clock,” explained Rhona Rogers, tourism development officer.

Restaurants from all around Westmeath are taking part. Businesses include Sheraton Athlone Hotel, Glasson Hotel and Golf Club and Temple Country Retreat and Spa in Athlone and Annebrook House Hotel, Bloomfield House Hotel, Greville Arms Hotel, Ilia Tapas and More and the Fish Market all based in the Mullingar area.

“All the ingredients cooked on the night will be locally supplied. There will be a specially designated area on the night to facilitate links between local food producers and local restaurants. Many already use local foods on their menus and we would encourage more to do the same,” enthused Aine Gavigan, Uisneach Catering.

Well known local foodie Ann Hamill who appeared on the RTE cookery programme Heat will act as compere on the night.

“Belvedere House is delighted to be working with Rhona in hosting this innovative event which is designed to be entertaining for the audience and to drive business for the local restaurants and food producers,” added Bartle D'Arcy, Belvedere general manager.

On arrival, each ticket holder will receive €140 worth of vouchers from participating restaurants. A wine and local cheese reception and tastings from the best of Westmeath restaurants will be on offer in the restaurant exhibition area.

Tickets are €35 each and are on sale from the box office at Belvedere House, Mullingar. For more information call (044 ) 9349060 or log on to www.belvedere-house.ie

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