Westport Food Festival 2017

The launch of westport food festival 2017 at Westport House. Pic: Michael Mc Laughlin

The annual celebration of gastronomy that is Westport Food Festival takes place from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June 2017. The organisers are promising a programme with something for all ages, from mini chefs right up to fully fledged foodies.

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A Taste of Donegal 2015

Food

Yesterday I went up to ‘A Taste of Donegal’ which is a food festival taking place in Donegal town this weekend. It’s the first time I’ve ever been there and I really enjoyed my visit and got to try out some new foods.

Cake

There were also food demos taking place and lots of entertainment for all the family. Due to the bus times I’m only got to spend just over an hour there so I did miss quite a lot but I enjoyed what I saw.

Taste Testers

The festival continues today – August 30th, 2015. You can find the programme of events here and my photos from yesterday morning are here.

Só Sligo – so much fun (Part 2)

So Sligo bloggers day

Following on from our evening at the Yeats Experience which you can read about here, the next day we were up bright and early and headed for Streedagh Beach, we were blessed with the weather as it was such a beautiful day. The bloggers had enjoyed their night, some of them stayed at the Glasshouse Hotel, the others at Markree Castle. As I’m a local I stayed at home (it’s a hard life 😉 ).

Prannie Rhatigan

We met Prannie Rhatigan, who launched her new guide to edible seaweed that day, which is a companion to her Irish Seaweed Kitchen book.  We had a picnic on the rocks with some wonderful buttery cheese and sea spaghetti straws, seaweed smoothies and delicious seaweed truffles.

Seaweed harvesting

Prannie took us for a walk down to the sea and explained all the different types of seaweed to us and what it’s good for. We even tried some seaweed straight from the rocks, it actually tasted really nice and not at all like I expected it to. It was very interesting hearing all about the seaweed and spending time in Streedagh.

At Eithna's by the sea After our lovely visit with Prannie we headed to Eithna’s by the Sea in Mullaghmore. This is a wonderful restaurant specialising in seafood, it has such a  friendly atmosphere and it’s a pleasure to eat here. I say it every time I come here but the food is like a work of art.

Seafood platterThis was a seafood tasting platter, there was salmon, crab, squid, mackerel, mussels and much more. We also had seaweed bread with seaweed pesto. Even the desserts contained seaweed and you’d never have guessed it. Lucy was very impressed by the waiters. She said she’d go for the food and stay for the waiters! 😉

Desserts from Eithna's by the seaI’m drooling at these looking at them now, they were fantastic. The one on the left was a lemon and carrigeen mousse, the middle is a chocolate (and seaweed) brownie, on the right is a meringue (with seaweed). After a lovely leisurely lunch it was time for Zack, Lisa, Susan and Dee to go off with Seatrails on a trek along the beach with Island View Stables. Lucy, Oonagh and I headed to Solas Spa at the Radisson Blu Hotel for some much-needed pampering.

Solas SpaI had a mini facial which was so lovely and relaxing I almost fell asleep! I’m just sorry that we were short of time as I’d have loved to have spent longer in the thermal suite (above).

The Wine Buff

We all met up again in Sligo town and headed to The Wine Buff for some gorgeous wine, cheese, bread, crackers and olives. Joe who runs The Wine Buff is a really nice man and very knowledgable about his products, I will feature him on the blog soon.

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It was soon time for us to go on the Food trail. The food trail is a brilliant idea with various pubs, restaurants and cafes throughout the town offering tapas sized dishes for €5 during the food festival. I think it would be great for this to be run all through the year, it’s a great way for people to try the various places without breaking the bank. My group headed to Donaghys where we had chicken wings and a selection of desserts, which we all really enjoyed. After that it was off to Osta for their food trail special which was a trio of croquettes….and if you thought we hadn’t eaten enough we went to The Glasshouse Hotel for more food!! There was also a brilliant flash mob….I was tempted to join in but couldn’t move after all the food!

DancersIt was a fabulous day, but the food festival didn’t end there. There was a trip to Coney Island with Prannie and Tra Bhan cooked mussels on the beach. There was the great family cook off at St. Angela’s College, pizza making with Rugatino and Sligo CTC, the food market and so much more. You can see all my photos from the festival here.

On the walk to Coney IslandMy thanks again to all involved in the festival (and apologies to Berenice for chasing her around the beach with a dead crab!) Also thanks to Connacht Gold for sponsoring a lovely day.

 

 

It’s Friday!


So what do I have to tell you all.

Well firstly it’s going to be a great weekend here in Sligo. The first Só Sligo Festival is being held. There are all kinds of events including the World Irish Stew Championships, markets, carnivals, teddy bears picnics, mad hatters tea party, Yeats country tour, music, fun, food and laughter. Check out their website for all the info and if you are anywhere near Sligo come along for the craic.

I was at the market today, it’s lovely to see life in the town and is a great event to have after St. Patricks Day.

On to other news. Sligo TV put up some of my photos and also my video of the St. Patrick’s Day parade. I think the photos look great on the website.

Also the dustmen came yesterday! Now this might not sound like a big deal but as I usually have to bring my rubbish into the village for collection and now I have a wheelie bin and the dustmen call to the house! Happy days.

Just when I thought we had arrived in the 21st century the water went off. You never realise how much you miss it until it’s gone. We didn’t realise until the tank in the loft was empty….poor Lucy was washing her hair (and there was no water to rinse it). So I had to whizz down to the local shop and buy bottles of water. It didn’t come back on until this afternoon….I took Jono swimming so we could go and have a shower!