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.

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