The 26th Annual Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival Commences
The 26th annual Seafood Festival commences in Traditional Fishing Village of Kilmore Quay today (Wednesday, July 6). The Traditional Fishing Village focuses on a Traditional Sea-side festival centred on seafood, fishing and free family fun.
Kilmore Quay is expecting an influx of over 5,000 visitors over the weekend according to Festival Co-ordinator Sylvia Kehoe, “This festival has been firmly established over the last 26 years with families who travel to Kilmore Quay to join in the traditional family fun of the festival and indeed to enjoy the fresh catch from the Wexford coastline, we’re are expecting large crowds upwards of 5,000 visitors and we have a five day festival programme with something for everyone to enjoy.”
The Festival opens this evening Wednesday July 6th with a Guided coastal walk on Ballyteigue Burrow followed by the festival famous seafood platter launch at the Stella Maris Centre. On Wednesday evening the exhibition ‘Quay Times’ opens in ‘The Loft’ featuring Wexford Camera Club present an exhibition of breathtaking photographs taken in and around Kilmore Quay and The Kilmore Quay Weavers exhibit a collection of unique woven panels showing The Quay in all its glory; a CD launch featuring Kilmore Stories will also be launched.
On Thursday, July 7 the Grand Festival Parade commences from Hotel Saltees – a grand parade through the Village featuring the ‘Visitors from the Deep’ float and Wexford’s Community Samba Band offering a colourful, musical extravaganza. On Thursday evening the festival famous Seafood Platter Prize Competition will take place where local restaurants and bars compete to create the best and most exciting Seafood Platter. This much sought after prize, bestows
bragging rights to the winner until next year!
On Friday July 8 a Traditional Fish Market will take over the quay side ‘Fish Friday Market’ from 11am. This not to be missed event will feature stalls from all the local fish processors who have come together to offer the best of freshly caught seafood at once off special prices. Local chefs will also be on hand to cook up some delicious dishes right on the quayside including Gopal from The Silver Fox, Shane from Le Saffron, Mike from The Crazy Crab and Nicky Cullen winner of last year’s Seafood Platter Competition will pass on quick and simple ideas on how to transform a portion of fish into a delicious and nutritious meal.
On Saturday July 9 spectators can enjoy ‘The Celtic Link Challenge’ Yacht Race which will commence from the village harbour at 2.30pm. Saturday also offers a great afternoon of ‘free’ old fashioned, traditional fun and games on the Little Beach. Sand-castle competitions, sack races, egg and spoon races and welly throwing are all on offer. It’s ‘Roll up your trousers and get that knotted hankie on your head time!
The final day of the festival Sunday, July 10sees a Harbour Fair tale place at ‘The Cross’ at the Marina featuring a selection of open air stalls. The Republic of Ireland Strongest Man Competition will take place on the East Pier and the traditional ‘Festival Ceili Mór’ will round of the festivities.
A host of family fun events are on offer throughout the weekend including Fish Windsocks” – Children’s Art Workshop will take place, Rock Pooling with Jim Hurley on Forlorn Point, Model Boats Exhibition, Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Beach Kayaking. For further information on all of the festival events see www.visitwexford.ie