Food will be a central focus of Féile na Tuaithe 2014 at Turlough Park, Castlebar, this May.
Artisan food producers from the region will show off their fare at the West’s number one free family festival that is expected to attract 20,000 visitors to the beautiful grounds of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May.
As well as delicious samples, tempting fare will be on sale, both to enjoy at Féile and to bring home.
Food-themed talks in the Museum Galleries
New this year is a series of food-themed talks in the Museum Galleries and a Meet the Makers section for both food and craft producers.
The extensive Museum grounds will be choc-a-bloc with fun and activities for all the family.
There will be beekeepers and a real beehive in operation, take a trip down memory lane with the traditional barrel top wagon, enjoy the infectious enthusiasm of the working gundogs and watch out for those jolly scarecrows – some of them are just a little more alive than you’d expect.
Live music from different genres provides a toe-tapping backdrop to the best family day out of the summer for everyone from 3 to 103.
Competitions for all the family
Several complementary competitions run in tandem with the festival.
In the weeks leading up to Féile, photographers get the chance to send in their photos representing “Echoes of the Past”.
Period costume dress is the order of the day for visitors to Féile with prizes for stylish representations of what grandparents and great-grandparents would have worn a century ago.
As always, the arts are an important element and the ‘OnSight!’ art project will return to the grounds to complement Féile na Tuaithe.
This is a collaborative art project between Mayo County Council Arts Office, Mayo Arts Squad and the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. Artists will create site-specific works in the Museum grounds inspired by the Folklife Collection.