20,000 expected at food and wine festival

By DAVID TUCKER

Published 21/05/2016 | 00:00

Grace Goggins, aged seven, Eoin Dempsey, aged six, and Ali Jay Molloy, aged six, all from Discovering Drama Wexford.
Grace Goggins, aged seven, Eoin Dempsey, aged six, and Ali Jay Molloy, aged six, all from Discovering Drama Wexford.

THE organisers of the eighth annual Wexford Food and Wine Festival, which takes place later this month, are expecting more than 20,000 people to visit the town over the foodie weekend.

Festivities begin on Friday, May 27 and run until late in the evening on Sunday, May 29 with events taking place at venues all across Wexford Town as well as an alfresco market.

'The 2016 festival will showcase the very best food that the southeast has to offer,' said one of the Festival organiser's Gary Johnston.

'We are expecting large crowds somewhere upwards of 20,000 people,' he said. 'the festival has been growing every year. We are often asked why we don't have the festival later in the summer but we hold it at the same time every year to encourage people into Wexford on a weekend that would otherwise just be a regular weekend, it is a major boost to the local business community and a great start to the Summer season.'

Getting the festival off to a start on Friday evening 'A Taste of Burgundy', will be on offer at Kelly's Hotel Rosslare where guests can enjoy an open Burgundy wine tasting followed by a special dinner with complementing wines.

On Saturday and on Sunday the open air Food Producers Market at Selskar Square and South Main Street in the heart of Wexford town will host food producers with a variety of local and regional and Welsh artisan produce on offer. Outside of the wine events a Wexford Craft beer Trail will be on offer with producers Simon Lambert & Sons and The Sky and the Ground teaming up to showcase some of their latest range and also introduce some special brews. Other events taking place as part of the festival include Foraging trips to The Raven, A Food Rescue demonstration in The Arts Centre, and Beekeepers in Selskar. To add to the festival atmosphere, a tasty side helping of family entertainment will also be provided with a foodie photo competitions, 'Live Mic' entertainment in both South main Street and Selskar and much more will ensure all of the family enjoy the festivities. For further details on the festival weekend see wexfordfoodfestival.ie or keep up to date with the festival details on Twitter @Wexfordfoodfest and Facebook wexfordfoodfestival.

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