MAJOR EXPANSION PLANNED FOR FOOD FESTIVAL
Having adopted what some might consider to be a low key approach this year, the organisers of Mitchelstown Food Festival have confirmed a major expansion for the 2011 event.
Details were, however, thin on the ground this week with sources remaining tight-lipped about the exact details other than to say that there would be ‘an international dimension with some major players in the food market’ involved next year.
DOWN A BIT
Reflecting on last Sunday’s food fair at the Mitchelstown Business Park, chairman, Sean Hyland said, “While numbers were down a bit due to many competing events in the locality, the festival was, nonetheless a success.”
“The quality of the stands on offer was very good and exhibitors seemed to do excellent business.”
Mr Hyland acknowledged that the organising committee might have been ‘a bit late getting into the field’ with plans for the festival. He confirmed that the group had ‘big plans’ for a substantial expansion of Mitchelstown Food Festival next year.
Committee member, Liam O’Doherty was satisfied with the event overall. “I feel that we did well given that this is a very small committee with limited resources,” he told The Avondhu.
“The attendance seemed very happy with the products on offer and I know for a fact that many exhibitors sold out on the day.”
“We had a lot of opposition including events like Galbally Garden Fete, Shanballymore Family Day and, of course, the football matches,” Liam O’Doherty concluded.
Niamh O’Brien came out of the drum to win a weekend away in the Dingle Skellig Hotel while JOD Foods from Effin in South Limerick captured the best stand accolade with Ballyhoura Apple Farm of Churchtown getting the best product award.
Thursday 2nd September 6:48pm