By Dan Walsh
Over half a century ago Enniscorthy founded one of the biggest festivals in the country using local produce as the anchor activity – the Strawberry Fair – and Kilmore Quay has followed a similar festive route with the Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival and the 36th year of family fun and festivities opens tomorrow (Thursday) evening at 7pm.
The festival opens with a colourful and musical parade of local organisations and supporters through the village to the main stage on the quayside where the recently elected Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Maura Bell, will declared the weekend festival officially opened.
The festival is run under the auspices of Kilmore Quay Community Development Association and Festival Chairman, John Nunn, told WexfordLocal.com; “The Seafood Festival is a wonderful celebration of the summer, the sea and local community that offers four fun-filled days for all the family, but it is also the main annual fundraiser for the close-knit village and the proceeds help fund important local initiatives.”
On opening night the winners of the hotly contested Seafood Platter and Seafood Chowder competition will be announced. Battling for top honours will be Kehoe’s Pub, the Wooden House, Saltees Coast Hotel, Rathangan Bar, Mary Barry’s, Coast Hotel Rosslare, the Red Door Café and the Coal Bunker.
Fish vans selling fresh ocean produce for fish lovers will be located in the harbour area, seafood platters will be available in the Stella Maris Centre and the existent outlets will have their doors opened for business. So plenty for everybody.
Some interesting maritime features on the vast programme of events (available on www.kilmorequayseafoodfestival.ie) such as environmentalist Jim Hurley’s lecture on ‘Local Whales and Dolphins’ and the Kilmore Walking Trail.
Kayaking will be held on the Little Beach on Friday and Saturday and the 5k Road Race under the auspices of Kilmore Athletic Club will be the highlight on Saturday evening.
Wexford Camera Club will hold an exhibition of works by its members in the Stella Maris Centre and that will be available all weekend.