Friday, April 05, 2013

Into the West

Food Fest: 1. Barry McCall and Derry Clarke; 2. Ashlee Dickinson; 3. Andrew Rudd and Jedda Downey. (Pix. SL / Photocall)

The Westport Festival of Music & Food 2013 has been announced.  At a packed party in Medley, Drury Street, guests heard details of what will surely be a festival highlight this summer.

Taking place in the grounds of Westport House on 29th and 30th June, it promises a weekend of great music, fabulous local food and entertainment to keep the whole family happy. Headline acts announced include Elvis Costello, Imelda May, The Stunning, Alabama 3, Damien Dempsey, Ryan Sheridan, Delorentos and many more.

Local food enthusiast Redmond Cabot was at the launch to announce a new element for the Festival - a ‘Best In The West’ food village, which will feature the very finest local produce. Guests at the launch were treated to an array of dishes, prepared by Medley’s Andrew Rudd, showcasing many of various local ingredients including Tagine of Connemara Hill Lamb, Kate Kennedy’s Mussels, Fresh oysters from Sean O’Grady and Seafood Chowder from The West Bar.

Among the crowd were musicians Jack L, Ryan Sheridan and Steve Wall. Foodies included chefs Derry Clarke and Rozanne Stevens, restaurateurs Asheesh Dewan of Jaipur and Joe Macken of Jo’Burger. Hairstylist Dylan Bradshaw and photographer Barry McCall helped spread the word about being part of the Festival themselves this year, with an on-site salon and photo studio.