Fun-packed family weekend
THE BEAUTIFUL village of Kilmore Quay will celebrate its love of all things fishy during the 27th annual Seafood Festival taking place this year from July 5 to 8.
Throughout the weekend, the Stella Maris restaurant will be serving up the festival's famous seafood platter along with other fruits de mer delights including crab claws in butter, fish cakes and seafood chowder.
Four days of family fun and entertainment are also on the menu with sea kayaking, a barbecue, boot camp, boat race, shore angling competitions, archery, nature walk exhibitions, a fish market and even a strong man event on Sunday, July 8.
If you want to improve your own mucle tone, join the Burrow Boot Camp for adults which will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.
Register at the Kilmore Quay playground car park at 9.15 a.m. All levels of fitness welcome.
Or you can also join a Sunset Yoga session on the beach at 9 p.m. on Friday night.
The Seafood Festival will officially open on Thursday, July 5 at 7.30 p.m. with a parade from the Saltees Hotel to the marina.
Watch out for the 'mysterious island' float and colourful entries from local clubs. The launch will be performed at 8 p.m. by Wexford's own 'Voice of Ireland' star Kiera Byrne who will sing for the Kilmore Quay audience.
The following day, Friday, the festival fish market is expected to draw hundreds of visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The marquee market will offer an amazing selection of fish and seafood caught locally and landed in the port by Kilmore Quay fishermen.
On Sunday, take a trip down memory lane in the Stella Maris Centre with John Horgan whose family spent spent their summer holiday at Mrs. Gillick's throughout the 1940's, '50's and '60's.
Children will be well catered for with maritime art workshops, archery competitions, puppet theatre courtesy of Red Moon and a traditional afternoon on the beach featuring egg and spoon races and welly throwing.
Each night, the grown-ups can sit back and enjoy live music and entertainment in local hostelries.