Seafood Fest is a huge success
Large crowds enjoyed four days of celebrating the sea at the 33rd annual Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival at the weekend.
The long-running festival is always a huge draw and the recent spell of good weather enticed even more people to the popular village to enjoy the food and many events that took place.
The festival was officially opened by Fair City actress Ruth Hegarty last Thursday night, following a parade of local groups through the village to the harbour.
Crowds flocked to the area on Saturday and Sunday to browse through local produce, craft items and bargains, with Saturday and most of Sunday basking in the glorious sunshine we have grown used to in the past two months.
A variety of events place over the course of the weekend including musical entertainment and sunset and sunrise yoga.
On Saturday, Bruce McDonald led a seaweed foraging walk, while local scientist and environmentalist Jim Hurley hosted both a nature walk and a talk on the Keeragh Islands.
Fish Friday featured stalls of local produce and cooking demonstrations from seven chefs.
Kids were kept well entertained with shows by Red Moon Theatre and a Teddy Bears Picnic in the Shipwreck Cove playground.
Seafood platters were served all weekend at the Stella Maris Centre while the ever-popular Best Seafood Platter competition was judged by Michelin Star chef Derry Clarke of 'Lords and Ladles' and L'Ecrivain restaurant, and Eleanor Walsh of Food Stuff.
The winners of that competition were Paul and Edwina Hynes from Wexford town restaurant La Cote, beating off stiff competition from 17 other entries.
The festival's timing was perfect as, by the time the recent good weather was hitting a turning point on Sunday, the festival was reaching its conclusion for another year.