Local Food & Craft Brewing will be showcased at the 2016 Irish Maritime Festival
TV chef Tara Walker exclaims “Food is fiercely important at the Festival this year.”
She’s talking about the Irish Maritime Festival in association with Maxol at Drogheda Port on 9-10th July. This award-winning festival, now it its 4th year, will feature a fabulous artisan food and craft beer zone showcasing local produce from across the north east.
“I’m thrilled to see so producers from across the region taking part. There are gorgeous ingredients for me to work with throughout the weekend” she continued.
Tara, who also runs The East Coast Cookery School in Termonfeckin, explains “Chefs taking part in the Maritime Chef of the Year competition are using only local produce in their Chefs Showcase.The competition will be fierce as they battle it out for the title by creating a local “surf and turf” dish, with a twist.” Heats for the cookery competition will take place on Saturday and Sunday with the winner being announced on Sunday evening.
The Artisan Food and Craft Beer zone, hosted by Glanbia, gives visitors the chance to meet local producers such as the Rooneys from Derrycamma rapeseed oil and Geoff Fitzpatrick from Jack Cody’s. Co-ordinator Bronagh Conlon continues “Supporting local producers is so important. We know from experience that visitors love to meet them, taste their products and get to know them. The festival is a great opportunity to connect local people to local produce.”
The Craft Beer zone is a new feature of the festival. Bronagh explains “Brewing and distilling in the Drogheda area is growing fast. Jack Cody’s range of craft beers and Dan Kelly’s Ciders will be joined by Cockagee from Slane, the Boyne Brewhouse and Listoke Distillery throughout the weekend. But on Friday night, we have a very special event. Grab your friends and get down to the Port for a relaxed evening of tasting craft beers, pairing them with tasty food and chilling out with live music.
In addition to the Artisan Food and Craft Beer zone, the event features a host of festival favourites such as ice-cream, crepes and burgers … no Irish festival would be complete without them.
“With the festival going from strength to strength each year it’s a wonderful opportunity to show off our local food offer” concludes Bronagh “We hope you’ll agree that this summers festival tastes just fabulous. Visit www.maritimefestival.ie/food to find out more.”
The Irish Maritime Festival is hosted by Louth County Council and Drogheda Port Company and in association with Maxol. The event is also proudly supported by Virgin Media and Fáilte Ireland.