Taste of Wicklow Weekend - A wonderful success

The Taste of Wicklow Festival weekend was an outstanding success. It was blessed with superb weather throughout - which added to the enjoyment of what has become a truly family festival, with something for every member of the family.

 

For the first time, the festival took place over 3 days, starting with the screening of the family-favourite movie “The Greatest Showman” in the Abbey Grounds, Wicklow Town on Friday night. Hundreds of families, with children and picnic baskets basked in the glorious weather prior to the movie starting at 10.20pm.
The festival continued on Saturday night, with “Live at the Abbey”. Starting with local acts, followed by the ever-popular Bob Marley Tribute band “Jameire” and the iconic UB40 Tribute band “Promises and Lies”. Over 2,000 people attended the live concert, refreshed by a host of food stands and a full bar. 
On Sunday, close to 5,000 people attended the Taste of Wicklow Food Festival. The glorious weather continued and the event, now in its 7th year, featured Michelin start celebrity chef Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio from Ballyknocken house, Druid chef Rory Morahan, and Paul Kelly, the showman Pastry chef from the Merrion Hotel. Among the local chefs featured was Niall Murphy – head chef and training manager at the designated hospitality training centre, located at Marine House, Wicklow Town, operated by the KWETB.
Guests browsed over 40 food stalls, 30 craft stalls and were entertained by children’s games, magician shows, stilt walkers, clowns and live music throughout the day. 
John Sinnott, chairman of the festival, said that the Taste of Wicklow had now established itself as the premium place to display the best of Wicklow food produce and was the ideal showcase for producers to advertise their products. He said it was a hugely positive weekend for Wicklow Town and it showed the tremendous sense of community spirit and pride in the town.
Robin Bradley, president of Wicklow & District Chamber of Commerce – organisers of the event – praised the involvement of residents from the Direct Provision centre, based in the Grand Hotel. We had over 20 volunteers from the Direct Provision centre, and they were a tremendous asset to the organisation of the event. He expressed his thanks to all who participated and all the exhibitors, whose contribution continues to ensure the success of this now well-established event.
Chairman of the festival, John Sinnott said now that this hectic weekend was over, the plans are now afoot for an even bigger and better Taste of Wicklow weekend next year.