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Friday 17 November 2017

Heaven for food lovers!

FOOD FESTIVAL IS A SUCCESS...

ANNE MARIE O'CONNOR

THERE was very little chance of staying trim if you fully indulged in what was on offer in Trimmers Lane in Selskar last weekend.

For the very best of fine Wexford produce was served up to foodies, who devoured the local delights during Wexford Food Festival.

Despite disappointing deluges which threatened to wash out the event, traders and shoppers were cheery amid the cloudbursts.

' The one thing we can't guarantee in this country is the weather,' said a happy Gary Johnston on Monday.

As one of the organisers, he was understandably disappointed by the inclement weather, but still felt the entire affair went 'remarkably well'.

In its first year as a full-blown three-day event, he felt that it was a thundering success. Traders got to show off the best in Wexford produce, while shoppers got a taste of the myriad of delights on their doorstep.

'People were buying. It was obvious when you saw the number of Good Food Ireland bags that people carried over the weekend,' he said.

Trimmers Lane, or Selskar Square as it's now known, was practically covered in and offered shoppers shelter as they sampled artisan cheeses, locally made breads, cakes and buns, and succulent Wexford strawberries.

A jazz brunch on Sunday morning in White's Hotel was a hugely popular affair, and for €10 people put paid to hunger pangs by tasting a range of Wexford foods – from muesli and yoghurts to rashers and puddings – all with a delicious serving of jazz on the side.

On Friday night several hundred foodies enjoyed a celebrity cookery demonstration with chefs Catherine Fulvio and Phelim Byrne.

For the organisers, the real success of the weekend was getting the message out about the quality of Wexford produce. Their efforts paid off with pictures of the event in the national press, and reviews from food critics like Tom Doorley.

Hundreds of Twitter and Facebook followers have enjoyed photographs from the festival, and Wexford Food Festival is on a firm footing to become an annual event.

' We would hope that it will become a fixture in the Wexford calendar,' said Gary.

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