Thousands of people flocked to the third annual Mayo Street Food Festival in Castlebar yesterday afternoon.
The festival’s new location in Bridge Lane proved to be a match made in heaven for the popular event with the laneway full of incredible aromas, flavours, local produce and live music.
A unique pop-up space for producers located in Elvery’s was another new string to the festival’s bow that proved to be a big hit with hungry customers.
Top restaurants House of Plates, Dining Room, The Brewery Cup, Bar One, Mulroy’s and the Bay Leaf cooked up a storm under the Mayo Street Food Festival’s big tent. Their street-food style offering delighted diners throughout the day.
Inside the pop-up space, local favourite Rua was joined by Noo Chocolates, Glasraí, the Little Cheesecake Shop, Thai to Eat, Norah’s Farmhouse Fudge and Jackie Meenaghan and his famed dillisk.
The laneway was lined with food trucks and local producers with The Fire Slice, Enrica’s, Moycullen Green Foods, Mack & Spud, Nadurtha Soul Foods, Candy Floss Mayo, Cupz & Crepes, Collins Coffee Camp, and Kaffa Coffee, all drawing in the crowds.
Two of Mayo’s finest breweries were also on hand to quench thirsts with Mescan and Reel Deel pouring delicious beer all afternoon.
The festivities were soundtracked by John Kilkenny’s Rolling Waves group, the Crimlin Batafada Pipe Band Group and DJ Finbar Hoban and DJ Dodgy.
The Mayo Street Food Festival aims to celebrate local produce at its finest and yesterday’s event showcased once again the county’s rich larder and amazing cooking talent.
The food festival has become a firm favourite in the county town and festival organisers were again blown away by the incredible support it has received.
“The festival can only be a success thanks to the amazing support we get. We are so grateful for everyone who turned out and enjoyed the festival. It would not be possible without the support of the people of Castlebar and beyond. Our chefs, producers, vendors and volunteers once again played a blinder,” said festival co-founder Sarah Ní Shúilleabháin.
“Thanks also to all our generous sponsors, local councillors, Visit Castlebar, Castlebar Fire Brigade and Gardai, and all those who contributed to our fundraising efforts this year. A very special words of thanks to Elvery’s and the crew of Bridge St Bar,” added co-founder Siobhan Foody.