The schedule of free workshops and cooking demonstrations at this year’s Westport Food Festival offers an informative and fun line-up for the weekend of 6th-8th September.
The festival food village at the Octagon will be the setting for a series of free events on Sat. 7th September from 2-4pm.
They include a session on Cooking With Craft Beer by Myles O’Brien from The Tavern, Murrisk, using Mayo West Brewery craft beers.
He will create a West Coast Seafood Platter use the recently-launched Cliffords beer from West Mayo Brewery and a poached fillet of beef in Clew Bay Sunset beer with local oysters supplied by Padraig Gannon and spring onion buttermilk mash.
Rory Morahan, the Druid Chef will produce Three Mayo Dishes that include oatmeal, black and white pudding with green and red apple chutney and Loin of Venison Croagh Patrick. Harvest Moon Food will give a demonstration on Preservative Free Cooking
Young Chefs will enjoy a Kiddies Workshop from 11:00am to 12:30 pm in SuperValu where Rory Morahan, the Druid Chef, will give a bilingual lesson for kids on how to make healthy chicken goujons, meatballs and savoury pancakes. If that doesn’t tire them out they can attend a ‘Backwoods Cooking Demo’ from 12:00pm to 3:00pm with the second Mayo Westport Scouts.
Fringe Foodies at the Clock will host hourly demos showcasing the best of local produce throughout Saturday 7th September.
Andrew Pelham Burn of Carrowholly Cheese will talk about how he makes his cheese and how to store cheese properly. Redmond Cabot of Red’s Sauces will talk about Nutritional Integrity of Foods for Shop Shelves.
Sean O’Grady of Murrisk Shellfish will ask Are you filleting your fish the best way? and Eddie O’Malley of Jack & Eddie’s will present The Best Pork Belly Ever! Also at The Clock, The Westport Beekeepers Association will showcase an observational hive.
Sunday’s events at the Quay include several demonstrations to enjoy in addition to the festival barbecue on site. Owen Hughes, winner of Irelands Finest Call Five Star Cocktail Competition, will present Shaken or Stirred?, a lesson in how to prepare your own cocktails.
Rory Morahan, The Druid Chef, will demonstrate Four Dishes of Celtic Origin. Padraig Gannon will talk about Mussel
Production in Clew Bay and Doug Priddy from A Shore Thing will show how to prepare and smoke fresh fish and meat products.
Children will be kept amused with face-painting and pony ride and the RNLI will be in site with live demonstrations.
To view our full schedule or to make a booking visit: www.westportfoodfestival.ie
Pictured above: One of the many outddoor variety of food tasting that was on the streets of Westport during the 2012 Food Festival. Photo: Frank Dolan