• Cyril McAree

Airport Take Over For First Strandhill Food Festival

The inaugural Strandhill Food Festival is set to take place in the unique setting of Sligo Airport on Saturday 7th October 2017. Presented by the team behind the hugely successful Strandhill People’s Market, the event will showcase the very best of local and emerging food companies, as well as attracting some of Ireland’s leading food producers and suppliers to the Northwest. The one-day foodie event will take over Sligo Airport with food demonstrations, live music, kids entertainment and an array of hot food stalls. Taking place at a time usually associated with Harvest time, the first year of the festival will draw a hugely successful summer season in Strandhill to a close.

The event will host a full day of demonstrations from local chefs, food bloggers and cookbook authors. The event will welcome food consultant cook and creative Ali Dunworth (www.thatalice.com); writer, chef and marine scientist, Finn Ni Fhaolain; presenter and style, beauty, and plantbased blogger, Holly White (www.holly.ie); seaweed guru and cookbook author Prannie Rhatigan (Irish Seaweed Kitchen), cafe owner and chef, Carolanne Rushe (Sweet Beate Cafe), food bloggers Nicola Halloran (The Wonky Spatula); Tanya Halloran (The Tiny Vegan Kitchen), wild herb and foraging expert, Gaby Wieland (The Organic Centre and Neantóg Farm) and just announced William Murray & James Kavanagh from Currabinny .


For the day, Hangar 1 at Sligo Airport will be transformed into a bustling food hall, hosting up to 30 food stalls from across Ireland. Festival attendees will get to choose from a range of delicious producers including local cafes such as Sweet Beat Café, Shells Cafe and Pudding Row, as well as Shaka Poké, serving Dublins take on the Hawaiian staple the Poke bowl; The Ploughman’s Daughter, serving raclette and cheese plates; and LaLa Poutine food truck, offering offering hungry attendees the chance to taste delicious French cuisine meats and cheeses melted on fresh chips.

Allan Mulrooney, event co-ordinator, commented: “We are really excited for the first Strandhill Food Festival this October. We’ve been running Strandhill People’s Market at Sligo Airport for over three years now and the launch of this festival marks the next chapter for events we have planned for the unique space that is Hangar 1. We are fortunate to have secured such a strong line up for our demo stage with a focus on vegan, plant based, paleo, fermentation, and the use of wild herbs and seaweed in our cooking. We want to champion the amazing food scene both here in Sligo and along The Wild Atlantic Way and we’re sure our food offerings will have something for everyone. Set against the backdrop of Strandhill, we are focused on creating a family friendly environment in a really unique space. We’re confident that over the next three years, The Strandhill Food Festival can become one of the biggest family orientated food festivals in Ireland.”

See www.strandhillfoodfestival.com for all details. Follow the event on Twitter @strandhillSPM and join the conversation by using #StrandhillFoodfest



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