Trips to Wexford, for me, are like a bus. A really late bus. Nothing for years and then all of a sudden I find myself heading to Wexford twice in two months. Only a few weeks ago I was down in Wexford Opera House for a day with some reps from local theatre companies and in a few weeks time, I should be able to make the trip to the Wexford Food Festival, kicking off on May 20th.
Headlining the 2011 festival celebrity chefs Catherine Fulvio and Wexford’s Phelim Byrne will demonstrate a range of cuisine cooking styles including Italian and Thai themed dishes.
This year’s programme will see an open air food producers market brought to Trimmer’s Lane in the heart of Wexford for two days, additional food stands will be found in The Bull Ring and elsewhere in the town creating a delightful food trail. To add to the festival atmosphere a tasty side helping of music and family fun entertainment will ensure locals and visitors alike can enjoy the events around town.
Also featuring on the festival programme, a cake and craft sale by the Wexford Federation ICA, a hog roast (pig on a spit!) by Kelly’s Resort Hotel and a special 5 course evening meal with wine courses hosted in the renowned La Dolce Vita, Jacques Bistro Wexford in Trimmers Lane and in Kelly’s Resort Hotel, Rosslare.
The festival is an evolution of the successful Wexford Food Fair, now morphed into a three day affair taking place in Wexford town. While there will be all sorts of demos, a restaurant trail and other ticketed events, I’m looking forward to seeing what the open air producers market at Trimmers Lane throws up, running on the Friday and Saturday from 11am – 4pm each day. You can check out the current state of the schedule of events here.
For the full run down on the festival, check out WexfordFoodFestival.ie or follow @wexfordfoodfest on Twitter.