Friday 20 October 2017

Enniscorthy gearing up for summer of festivals

Last year's Queen Ciara Buter with Rosbud Amelia Harrington.
Last year's Queen Ciara Buter with Rosbud Amelia Harrington.

With summer fast approaching, Enniscorthy has lined up an array of festivals aimed at maximising the town's potential and attracting thousands of visitors throughout the coming months.

Previously independent festivals have joined forces to create the 'Enniscorthy Town of Festivals' group, and this group's united front means there really is strength in numbers.

The main shift in focus for 2015 centres around the former Strawberry Fair. This annual festival has served Enniscorthy and County Wexford extremely well over the previous 40-plus years, but following a wholesale review involving feedback from the general public, sponsors, councillors, and businesses, the old Strawberry Fair has been rebranded as the Enniscorthy Strawberry Culture & Food Fest.

Some of the highlights of the festival include the All-Ireland Farmers Market; the Enniscorthy Show, including marquee cooking demonstrations with Neven Maguire; Focal: Wexford Literary Fest; Strawberry Roots pub music trail; Strawberry Ball and Strawberry Queen competition; the Co Wexford Community Workshop Art Trail; Enniscorthy Camera Club exhibition; GAA Feile Peil parade and games.

The Enniscorthy Town of Festivals line-up kicks off the first weekend in June with the Street Rhythms Dance Fest, and concludes with the Blackstairs Blues Festival in September. In between, the town will play host to the aforementioned Strawberry Culture and Food Fest, the Battle of Vinegar Hill re-enactment and the Rock'n'Roll Town and Food Fest.

Over the coming weeks and months, this paper will carry special previews of the various events taking place to keep readers informed with what's going on in Enniscorthy.

'The Enniscorthy Town of Festivals group are very excited to have a page dedicated to the festivals and events.' said Anne Gilpin of the Strawberry Festival. 'Festivals give our community, through free family fun, a way to laugh together and play together! Of course, everyone in County Wexford should see these festivals as the place to be. You bring your family and friends, Enniscorthy will bring the fun! Simply Enjoy Enniscorthy.'

In a change to previous years, the stalls on the Fairgreen opposite Pettitt's SuperValu will not be trading during the Strawberry Festival.

To cater for the growing number of people wishing to stay in Enniscorthy over the festival weekends, Enniscorthy Tourism is putting out a call for local B&B providers. The local Chamber of Commerce will create a list of B&B names, and contact details. Please email your details to

A Monster Bingo will take place this Sunday, May 10, in the Astro Active centre in Bellefield as a fundraiser for the town's upcoming festivals.

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