Family fun in Kilmore

THE beautiful seaside village of Kilmore Quay will come alive in spectacular fashion from Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 10 for its 26th Seafood Festival.

Great value family-friendly entertainment dominates the action-packed programme of events, ensuring there is something for everyone in Kilmore Quay throughout the Seafood Festival.

The renowned Seafood Platters are still only €10 and we are delighted to introduce a brand new menu offering some delicious, hot seafood dishes. The Festival Seafood Restaurant will be open daily in 'The Loft' in the Stella Maris Centre.

The official opening of the festival takes place on Thursday, July 7, following the festival parade, which will bring a great splash of colour to the village and all to the beat of the Wexford Samba Band.

That night, there will be music on the harbour front with 'The Cover-ups', while a number of local bars and restaurants will compete to create the best Seafood Platter, which is being judged this year by celebrity chef Phelim Byrne.

On Friday and one of the festival's highlights will be the 'Fish Friday Market' on July 8 and it's one definitely not to be missed!

All the local fish processors have come together to offer the consumer the best of freshly caught seafood at once-off special prices for this day only. We will also have our local chefs on hand to cook up some delicious dishes to for people to taste.

Gopal from Silver Fox, Shane from Le Saffron, Mike from the Crazy Crab and Nicky Cullen - winner of last year's seafood platter Competition - will all pass on quick and simple ideas on how to transform a portion of fish into a delicious and nutritious meal. Scallops, Prawns, Crab, Monk, Cod, Haddock, Plaice... the list goes on!

The market starts at 11 a.m. and continues until all the fish is sold out. South East Radio's Tony Scott will be broadcasting from the market from 1 p.m. Delicious fresh seafood will also be available to buy at the Harbour Stalls on both Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend programme is jam-packed full of activities for children and families. Most events are free of charge so please read the programme and pick out the events for you.

First off is the Shore Angling Competition this evening, Wednesday, June 29, which has great prizes sponsored by Hardware & Marine Supplies. Then we have the 'Creatures from the Deep' workshop to create the lead float for the parade, this will run for four days (Monday, July 4 to Thursday, July 7) with Red Moon Theatre for only €25. Then on Friday the kids can make Fish Kites with Orla in the Stella Maris Centre, while mam and dad pop down to the fish market. The entertainment continues all weekend, from kayaking on the 'Little Beach' and a Teddy Bears Picnic on Saturday to the climbing wall and Ceili Mór on Sunday. One of the highlights on Sunday will be the Republic of Ireland Strongman competition, which will be visiting Kilmore Quay for the second year. Amazing feats of strength will be displayed by the competitors during this competition and it is well worth a look! Sunday is always a very busy day during the Seafood Festival and this year there will be car parks provided to help make negotiating Kilmore Quay a lot easier and alleviate traffic congestion.

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