Ennis Food Festival

Ennis Food Festival 2018 – Programme

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Thursday October 11

7.30pm, Hotel Woodstock, Ennis

Celebrity Chef Gary O’Hanlon (RTE’s ‘The Restaurant’) will share recipes and cookery tips while overseeing a cook-off between Podge Collins (Clare Senior Hurler) and Tracey Guilfoyle (Ireland’s Fittest Family). MC is Fiona McGarry, Clare FM.
Sponsored by Bank of Ireland and organised by Local Enterprise Office Clare
Admission: Free. Places are limited, must pre-book at: https://www.localenterprise.ie

Friday October 12

8.30am – 1pm – There will be music at Ennis Farmers Market located on the grounds of Roslevan Shopping Centre, to celebrate Ennis Food Festival.

6pm @ glór – Launch of ‘Fruit & Veg’ – a still life/ group art exhibition, to include the work of artists: Dorothy Ledwith, Helen Lowe, Richard Sharp, Rena Casey Lewis, Larisa Bevillard, Patsy Ricks, Gloria Pahad, Vonnie Mahar and Angela Butterfield.
All welcome

5.30pm: Irish Tapas served at McHugh’s, Parnell Street

9pm @ McHugh’s: Final of the Home Brew Competition – public invited to participate in the judging, together with official judging panel. (Winning brew will be available for sale at McHugh’s over Christmas).

7pm: Whiskey Trail led by Eric Flynn of Chapel Gate Whiskey
4 pubs, 4 measures and lots of information about whiskey! Starting in Lucas’s @ 7pm, on to Knox’s, Nora Culligans and finishing at Cruises
Cost: €25 pp
Places are limited, to book contact glór box office on: 065 6843103

Saturday October 13

11am – 3pm: Artisan Food @ The Market Building. Honey, chocolate, cheese, nut butters, pork and lots of other delectable goodies.

10am – 12.30: ‘Fruit & Veg’ Still Life Workshop for Children (aged 10 -13), with artist Richard Sharp at glór. Canvases, paints and brushes supplied. To book telephone glór: 065 6843103. Cost: €7.00

10.3am– 1pm: Artist/ art teacher Patsy Ricks will paint live in the foyer of glór and welcomes discussion or questions about still life painting and drawing from members of the public. FREE

12pm – 4pm – ‘Honey, We Have a Show’! Busy bees, live at Rowan Tree Café. Watch them work their magic to create delicious honey. Tastings available. This is a FREE event in association with Clare Bee Keepers

12.15pm: ‘Bike Buffet’
Whether you cycle a high-nelly or a racer, this cycle, eat and have a laugh experience is for everyone who enjoys excellent food. If you don’t own a bike, don’t despair, Tierney’s of Abbey St. will rent you one. No excuses!
Starter served at The Rowan Tree Café, bikes given a quick health check. From there cycle to Lees Road woods for lobster rolls (or fish) with hand cut chips from Julia’s Lobster Truck. Bike powered music system to provide entertainment. Cycle back to Ennis to Peckish Vegan Café for dessert. This event to be led by Roisin Garvey of An Taisce Green Schools Travel.

Cost €30 p.p. or €50 for two. Limited number of places, to book contact glór box office: 065 6843103

11am – 1pm: ‘Eat My Shop’ – Local culinary experts have been paired with shops across Ennis and asked to imagine the shop they are paired with as a piece of food. What would it be? What would it taste like? To find out, we invite you on a food trail through 10 shops in Ennis on Saturday October 13th. Savour a bite size portion. FREE event

Participating Shops and their Culinary Partners

Maddens Furniture Shop / Hotel Woodstock
Nozomi Shoe Boutique/ The Town Hall
County Boutique/Food Heaven
Pamela Scott/O’Connor’s Bakery
Willow/Peckish Vegan Café
Bambino’s/ DeLuxe Cakes
La Jolie Femme/ Jane’s Coffee House
Little One’s/ Rowan Tree Cafe
Kilkenny Shop/Green’s Cottage Truffles
Manix Menswear/ The Temple Gate Hotel

5.30pm: McHughs, Parnell Street serving Irish tapas with a focus on locally sourced produce.

6pm – 8pm: Louden’s Draught Beer – brewed in East Clare available at 2 pints for the price of 1 pint offer at Dan O’Connell’s Bar (while stocks last!)

7.00pm: ‘Afterhours Chocolate Adventure’ – Wilde Irish Chocolates upstairs at Willow boutique, O’Connell St. Check out @WillowEnnis for details.

Sunday October 14

6.00pm – 8.30pm Mallee Thai: The town’s newest restaurant, located opposite St Flannan’s College, opened its doors last month. From its excellent Asian fusion menu, they will offer a once-off ‘Festival Special 2-Course Menu’ with a choice of starters and mains for €13.50. (children’s menu €5). Delicious food, stylish décor, friendly staff and terrific value for money, what better way to end this year’s Ennis Food Festival?

Festival Specials – Across Ennis Food Festival Weekend (Oct 12 – 14 inclusive)

Clare inspired Specials including a starter, main and dessert (featuring locally sourced produce) on the menu at:

No 41, Abbey Street
The Town Hall
Legends Restaurant @ The Temple Gate Hotel
The Rowan Tree Café

Cruises: Serving bumper catch of fish caught off Clare coast from Fri Oct 12 – Sun Oct 14 inclusive

Brogan’s: “Artisan Burger Menu”, pairing 100% Irish locally sourced gourmet beef burgers with deliciously exciting toppings. Menu available Thursday Oct 11 – Sun Oct 14 inclusive from 5pm.

No. 41: The mixologist at trendy cocktail bar & restaurant No. 41, Abbey Street, will add a special Clare Cocktail to its already extensive cocktail menu for one weekend only, to celebration Ennis Food Festival…… think saffron and blue!

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