Féile na Tuaithe, the festival that celebrates rural Ireland and its arts and crafts, will make a welcome return to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May 2014.
Photo: Anthony Hickey
There was huge disappointment felt throughout Co Mayo in 2011 when Féile na Tuaithe, which is a great family day out in the spacious grounds of Turlough Park, Castlebar, had to be cancelled due to lack of finance.
But, thankfully, the National Museum of Ireland is now relaunching the free two-day event in partnership with Mayo Co. Council.
Learn about the traditions of bygone days
The Museum is promising an updated programme of events that will include a variety of craft demonstrations and workshops, children’s activities, musical entertainment as well as a tented food market.
Féile na Tuaithe – Turlough Park is a natural extension of the Museum’s purpose of bringing families together to enjoy quality time and learn about the traditions of bygone days.
Tony Candon, the Manager Keeper of the Museum of Country Life, said: Féile na Tuaithe is an extension of the Museum’s remit to bring the craft dimension of the lives of our recent ancestors to public attention in an enjoyable and family-friendly way.
“The wonderful atmosphere and the tens of thousands of people who came in the past are a testament to the Museum’s success in creating an enjoyable celebration of all that is best in Irish craftsmanship. I look forward to the same again this coming May.”
Food Producers in two separate marquees
Food will be a central focus of Féile na Tuaithe 2014, emphasising premium quality artisan fare, both traditional and contemporary. Producers from Mayo and the region are invited to participate.
In an exciting change to the familiar layout, food producers will be divided between two separate marquees.
One is for stallholders offering ready-to-eat food or meals which visitors can enjoy while they are at the festival; the other is for retail food sales where producers can offer samples and sell produce for visitors to take home with them. All producers must be appropriately registered and certified.
Food Officer with Mayo County Council, Tanya Whyte Stanaway, discussed the importance of supporting the food sector in the county and region, saying, “We are delighted to be associated with an initiative which affords the food and craft sector an opportunity to showcase some of the premium quality products that are available in Mayo and the region. We have no doubt that the event will be a great success and encourage food and craft producers in Mayo to participate”.
Craft Producers in Museum Shop
This year the craft area will be located in the Museum Shop. Craft workers will be given space for retail displays where their work will be on sale to visitors.
They will also be invited to spend time in the shop, meeting visitors and discussing craftwork with them. Applicants should be registered with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (or equivalent).
This year Féile na Tuaithe will include a new European dimension, with invitations being issued to complementary craft industries as part of the Creative Industries Network European Window (CINEW) programme.
How food and craft applicants apply
Application forms and further information are available by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for both food and craft applicants is Friday 21st March 2014 and successful applicants will be informed by early April.