Ennis Food Festival begins its four day run today with Saturday’s Gourmet Food Village in glór with thirty local and national artisan food stalls the highlight.
Over 20 events are taking place during the Food Festival long weekend. These include the first Ennis Food Tour led by Brian O Neil of Rowan Tree Café Bar, a night of food and wine at The Cloister in cooperation with The Wine Buff, Supper and Food Quiz at Zest!, Craft Beer and Wings ‘Crafty Wings’ evenings at Preachers Pub in the Temple Gate Hotel, Free Coffee classes at Suas Coffee House, Taste of the Sea at The Dining Room, A Celebration of Clare Foods at the Town Hall, New Artisan Burger Selection at Brogans Bar and Restaurant and many more. Booking of all events directly with the venues and a full overview of all events is available from the festival website, at glór and in participating venues.
Dermot Fetton of The Cloister, Chairman of Ennis Food Festival revealed that the amount of events on offer has more than doubled. “The mix of events on offer is fantastic and I believe it will be a real treat for residents and visitors who love food”.
Brian O Neill of Rowan Tree Café Bar, committee member of Ennis Food Festival said: “The Gourmet Food village on Saturday 24th September, will be our anchor event and visitors can expect a great day of food sampling, cookery demonstrations, artisan food stalls and fun for all the family.”
The Gourmet Food Village will see glór transformed into a bustling food market place with 30 stalls from all over the country, several of which featured at Bloom this year. The event will take place on Saturday 24th September from 11am – 5pm and entry is €5 per adult with children going free.
With their entry ticket, the visitors receive Food and Fun tokens that can be used at stalls and with the facepainter. Two cookery demonstrations will take place at 12.30pm with Fuel Food expert Oliver McCabe joining the festival from Dublin and at 3pm with Limerick’s Green Apron owner Theresa McCabe. The Food village is proud to again host Clare Honey Show facilitated by Banner Beekeepers, which will be judged by the national authority in the morning and accessible to visitors in the afternoon. The Beekeepers will also have a stall all day and do an introductory talk and tasting in the afternoon.
Ennis Food Festival is proudly supported by AIB Ennis, Brogans Restaurant, Cafe Aroma, The Cloister, The Dining Room, Ennis Gourmet Store, glór, Food Heaven, Knoxs/The Storehouse, O Connors Bakery, Old Ground Hotel, Rowan Tree Café Bar, Rowan Tree Hostel, Suas Coffee House, Temple Gate Hotel, Western Herd Brewery, The Wine Buff, Zest! and the Municipal District of Ennis.