Ruth He­garty to of­fi­cially open this year’s fes­ti­val

Gorey Guardian - - PICTURES -

THE tele­vi­sion ac­tress Ruth He­garty from the RTE soap opera Fair City will of­fi­cially open the 33rd an­nual Fes­ti­val of Seafood in Kil­more Quay at 8pm on Thurs­day, July 12 sig­nalling the start of an ex­cit­ing week­end of ac­tiv­i­ties for all the fam­ily. The fish­ing vil­lages’s su­per fresh seafood plat­ters served with home made brown bread are a culi­nary high­light of the fes­ti­val and will be avail­able daily in the Stella Maris cen­tre at a cost of €13.

A com­pe­ti­tion for the Best Seafood Plat­ter will in­volve chefs from restau­rants all over the county and will be judged by the Miche­lin Star chef Derry Clarke of Lords and La­dles and L’Ecrivain and Eleanor Walsh of Food Stuff.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at 9pm in the Stella Maris Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day, July 11. In ad­di­tion to the cov­eted plaque, a per­pet­ual tro­phy will be pre­sented to the win­ner in mem­ory of Anne Ke­hoe, a long-time mem­ber of the Fes­ti­val team.

There are 18 en­tries this year from ho­tels and restau­rants around County Wex­ford so the ti­tle will be hotely con­tested.

On Satur­day, July 14, Bruce McDon­ald is host­ing a sea­weed for­ag­ing walk, start­ing at 12 noon from the Stella Maris Cen­tre and this will be fol­lowed by a na­ture walk led by Jim Hurley, start­ing at 2pm from the lo­cal play­ground.

Fish Fri­day will fea­ture stalls of lo­cal pro­duce and cook­ing dis­plays in the har­bour on Fri­day, July 13 with seven chefs pre­sent­ing cook­ing demon­stra­tions us­ing fish from lo­cal fish­er­men and sup­pli­ers.

Among the events for chil­dren will be a pup­pet show pre­sented by Red Moon The­atre in the Stella Maris Cen­tre on Satur­day, July 14 while a Teddy Bears Pic­nic will be held at the Ship­wreck Cove play­ground at 1pm on Satur­day. Make sure to bring your teddy bear.

The har­bour area will be filled with stalls on Satur­day and Sun­day, of­fer­ing a large se­lec­tion of lo­cal pro­duce, craft items and bar­gains for out­door browsers.

Dur­ing the week­end, mu­sic will be pro­vided by the Subm­sersibles, In­tro, Southend Sea shanties and the Fes­ti­val Céilí Mór will also be held.

If it all gets too much, you can re­lax with Sun­set Yoga on Fri­day at 9pm and Sun­rise Yoga at 7am on Sun­day (meet­ing at the pla­ground on both days).

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