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The second annual Strandhill Food Festival has been announced, and is set to take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October 2018 at Sligo Airport.

Presented by the team behind the successful Strandhill People’s Market, the festival will showcase the best of local and emerging food vendors, as well as attracting some of Ireland’s leading food producers and suppliers to the Northwest.

Last Year; the Festival welcomed over 3,000 visitors; in 2018 the organisers are aiming to attract up to 5000 visitors across the weekend. The event also now moves to two days this year.

This year’s festival includes a full day of demonstrations from local chefs, food bloggers and cookbook authors including Michelin star chef, TV broadcaster and author Derry Clarke and award winning chef, radio and TV broadcaster Gary O’Hanlon. They will be joined by seaweed guru and cookbook author Prannie Rhatigan (Irish Seaweed Kitchen), cafe owner and chef, Carolanne Rushe (Sweet Beat Cafe), wild herb and foraging expert, Gaby Wieland (The Organic Centre and Neantóg Farm), and Myles Lamberth from Shells Café, with many more to be announced.

Some of Ireland's most loved street food vendors will also be in attendance including Shake Poke, Kimcimera, Pacheco Venezuelan Street Food and The Market Kitchen, as well as stalls from local cafes such as Pudding Row, Nook and Shells Cafe, and regular Strandhill People’s Market stalwarts Blacksheep Bakery, Sweet Beat Cafe, The Sushi Sisters, Driftwood Coffee Cart, La Cabana, Joy Kitchen and more.

This year’s event is supported by Bank of Ireland. Tara Rodgers, Head of Bank of Ireland for the Northwest, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to support Strandhill Food Festival which enjoyed great success last year and we hope to see even more people support such a fantastic food festival for the second year running.”

Allan Mulrooney, Festival co-ordinator, commented: “We are excited to announce the return of the Strandhill Food Festival for a second year. We had such a strong response to the Festival in 2017, and it's such a great way to wrap up another successful summer season here in Strandhill.”