AST year, in glorious weather, thousands of visitors descended on the historic Abbey Grounds to this unique festival which attracts over forty artisan food and craft stalls. This is the second year that the event has been sponsored by Kevin Gallagher of SuperValu, Wicklow Town.
This year, the roll call of Celebrity Chefs is even better than at previous Taste of Wicklow Town events. There is a really star studded programme of Celebrity Chefs, which include Neven Maguire, Derry Clarke, Paul Kelly, The Druid Chef Rory Morahan and a host of local chefs Paul Smith of The Mystic Celt, Alan Hegarty of The Lighthouse Restaurant, Veronica O’Reilly of Healthy Habits Café, and Andy McDaniel of The Bridge Tavern. The objective of The Taste of Wicklow is to encourage a food and artisan culture and towards that end, the festival will also feature chefs from the transition year students of local schools.
There will be a full music programme all day which has been generously sponsored by The Bridge Tavern. This will ensure that all visitors to the beautiful historic Abbey Grounds will be provided with a first class music experience with music to suit all tastes and age groups.
From start to finish, the day is packed full of family fun with children’s games, magicians, face painters and walkabout performers. It has truly become a family friendly festival with something for everybody.
There is a cost of entry to the Abbey Grounds of €5 per adult, with children under 12 going free.
All entertainment for the day is completely free of charge. The Taste of Wicklow is organised by The Wicklow Town & District Chamber of Commerce who have organised a fantastic fundraising raffle with many valuable prizes including a cash prize of €2000 and an opportunity to win two All Ireland Football Final Tickets with an overnight stay. The cost per ticket is €10 which includes free entry to The Taste of Wicklow. There are lots of additional prizes including an Airplane tour of Wicklow, a luxury wine hamper, a €250 Cash Prize, Meals for Two in all of Wicklow’s best restaurants which have been generously donated by them.
Tickets are available from the Chamber Office, Chamber Members and a large selection of retail shops in Wicklow Town. The sale of these tickets together with a small level of local sponsorship is the only source of funding available for what promises to be a fantastic weekend for all of us living in Wicklow Town and for the many tourists that it will attract.
Matthew and Ian Hanley at the Taste of Wicklow.