Wednesday, March 15, 2017

TOP celebrity chefs Kevin Dundon and Derry Clarke have been announced as part of the mouth-watering line-up for this year’s Celtic Taste of Carlow. The culinary event will take place on Saturday 22 April from 9am to 6pm and on the following day from noon to 6pm as part of the Pan Celtic International Festival. Admission is free.

The Potato Market/Liberty Tree area of Kennedy Avenue in Carlow will be transformed into a magnificent indoor and outdoor market that will host crafts and foods from around Ireland.

The event has been organised by Carlow Tourism, which assures visitors that their taste buds will be tantalised with everything from steak and pork burgers to traditional home baking, delicious crêpes, jam, chutneys and a selection of different cheeses all available for purchase.

Launching the Celtic Taste of Carlow Festival at the Liberty Tree in Carlow were: Sandra Kelly (Turra Crafts), Liam Ryan (Moyleabbey Organic Farm), Robert White (Clashganny House Restaurant), Caroline Walshe (festival and arts co-ordinator), Eileen O’Rourke (Carlow Tourism), Alex Kelly (Turra Crafts), Bride de Roiste (Pan Celtic Festival), cathaoirleach John Murphy, acating county council CEO Dan McInerney, Emma Ui Bhroin and Eleanor Byrne (Pan Celtic Festival), Kieran Comerford (head of enterprise at the local enterprise office) and James Malone (Malone Fruit Farm)

The craft fair will appeal to anyone who is seeking a special handmade gift or for those who just want to browse and soak in the atmosphere of the festival.

Cookery demonstrations will be held throughout the day in a special demonstration kitchen. A festival highlight will be the appearance of Derry Clarke, a seasoned TV chef and owner of Dublin restaurant L’Ecrivain with his wife Sally. Derry will be cooking up a storm with some of his favourite dishes using the best local ingredients on Saturday 22 April.

Also headlining the events will be one of Ireland’s best-loved chefs Kevin Dundon, who will appear at a Celtic Taste of Carlow on Sunday 23 April. Kevin owns the famous Dunbrody House Hotel in Wexford, which has become synonymous with contemporary Irish country-house cooking and he has written many books and has featured on many TV cooking shows.

The wonderful Tom and Jennie Coleman will make their debut at the festival and will focus on healthy eating and some nutritious recipes. If you have a sweet tooth, TV pastry chef Shane Smith, who regularly appears on TV3’s Sunday AM show, will be sharing his tips and tricks on how to bake the most delicious cakes and pastries on Sunday 23 April.

Joining the line-up will be some of Carlow’s best-loved local chefs, including Robert White of Clashganny House Restaurant and Keith Kenny of the recently-opened Boardwalk Bistro and Wine Bar, to name but a few.

A dedicated children’s programme, including make and do, face painting, storytelling and a vintage carousel will keep the smaller adults entertained throughout the day.

Speaking about the event, Caroline Walshe, who recently joined Carlow Tourism as festival and events co-ordinator said: “We are really looking forward to this special weekend celebrating the very best of food, drink and craft that Carlow town and county and the rest of the country has to offer.

We want to give visitors a chance to try new foods, chat to passionate craft producers and get new food inspiration. By supporting these craft and food producers, not only are you getting the freshest, tastiest offerings but you are also helping to support small businesses in our communities,” said Caroline.

Speaking at the launch of A Celtic Taste of Carlow, Kieran Comerford, head of enterprise in the local enterprise office, said Carlow County Council is delighted to support A Celtic Taste of Carlow, “which provides both our communities and tourists the opportunity to experience, embrace and engage with the very best of local and national food produce and craft product.

The ‘Taste’ event being hosted during Pan Celtic is also a significant opportunity for Carlow to showcase its collaborative way of working with state bodies, sector organisations, retailers and producers working together to create a unique visitor experience in Carlow town,” said Kieran.

Chairperson of Carlow County Council and Carlow Tourism John Murphy described festivals as very important for showcasing and animating the Irish tourism experience. He added that they play a crucial role in distributing revenue and economic benefit across the country and into rural areas.

If you are a food or craft business and would like to take part in A Celtic Taste of Carlow, contact festival and events co-ordinator Caroline Walshe at Carlow Tourism on 059 9130411 or email Spaces are limited and filling up fast, so book immediately to avoid disappointment. You can also make sure that you keep up to date with all the latest news and information by following Carlow Tourism on Twitter or liking its page on Facebook.

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By Suzanne Pender
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