Thousands of satisfied customers attended the 3rd annual Taste of Wicklow in the stunning Abbey Grounds, Wicklow Town last Sunday which showcased all that is best in food produce in Co. Wicklow.
For the 3rd year running this fantastic community event organised by Wicklow & District Chamber of Commerce was held in brilliant sunshine with a record attendance being established again this year.
In its 3rd year Taste of Wicklow has been firmly established as the major food festival on the East coast and the attendance of Celebrity Chefs Nevin Maguire, Paul Kelly, Rory Morahan, Keith Kenny with local chefs Paul Smith from The Mystic Celt and Alan Hegarty from The Fishman ensured that all the foodies that attended will have gone home satisfied and enriched by the experience.
This year’s Taste of Wicklow was a true fusion of local food with 30 food stalls, artisan markets, pop up restaurants and a comprehensive craft village. It was truly a culinary celebration of Co. Wicklow paying tribute to the best produce from the finest food producers, plated and served by many of the friendly local and talented restaurant teams.
Local second level schools participated in a cook-off under the guidance of the expert chefs and their performance was enjoyed by many parents and their fellow pupils.
There was fun for all the family with walkabout performers, oversized games for children, face painting, storytelling and a traditional circus show. The Taste of Wicklow event was entirely funded from local resources together with the €5 entrance per adult charged on the day, children under the age of 12 had free admission. All those who attended agreed that the Taste of Wicklow festival was great value and a great day out for all the community with a fantastic family atmosphere.
Speaking afterwards Josh McKenna the President of Wicklow & District Chamber of Commerce paid tribute to his committee and thanked the local community for their support of what has become Wicklow Town’s biggest community event and a great showcase of what is best about Wicklow. He paid tribute to Fr. Donal Roche PP for making the beautiful Abbey Grounds available for the festival.
He said that the Taste of Wicklow was designed to promote Wicklow as a destination Town. He said that the Chamber’s aim was to develop a distinctive brand for Wicklow Town and that the Taste of Wicklow was a forerunner of many initiatives which would help to promote this image and ensure that Wicklow Town & District will become a tourist area to rival any of the major destination towns in the country.