The passion that fuels Mayo’s varied food producers is what has helped the annual Food Fleadh Ballina event blossom from a one-day market to a four-day festival, promoting and supporting Mayo’s unique food and drink produce.
The initiative garnered high praise from Newstalk radio presenter Ivan Yates and economist David McWilliams when they recently visited Ballina.
This year’s event runs from September 27 to 30 next and coincides with Fáilte Ireland’s national Taste the Island experience.
Highlights will include the return of the Wild Atlantic Seafood Family Foraging trips with Denis Quinn; discovering and tasting tours at Ballina’s Connacht Whiskey Distillery and tours of the town’s famed Clarke’s Salmon Smokery.
The festival’s flagship event is the canopy-covered Food Fleadh Market in Ballina’s historic Military Barracks complex, commencing at 11am on Saturday, September 28 and continuing into the evening.
The market will showcase a plethora of bakers, food producers and chefs from around the county together with 50 food stalls featuring lots of food tasting opportunities and a great programme of cooking and cocktail-making demonstrations, kids’ cooking classes and lots of great live music.
The Yeast Meets West Craft Brew Fest makes a welcome return this year while a new event – Chef’s Table: Banquet in the Barracks – affords an opportunity to sample the creations and enjoy the company of talented local chefs in a unique communal dining experience.
The 2019 Food Fleadh Ballina concludes with some family fun on Sunday, September 29, including a Children’s Ecology Workshop on the River Moy’s Cathedral Beat from 12 to 2pm and the Last Cast fishing competition from 10am to 4pm.
For further information or event tickets call 096-72800.