THERE is plenty of excitement building up in Wicklow town for the return of the Taste of Wicklow this weekend.
he largest food festival on the east coast will feature a star-studded line up of celebrity chefs from across Ireland including JP McMahon, Darina Allen, Jeeny Maltese and Paul Kelly.
The new venue at An Tairseach Organic Farm and Ecology Centre will also play host to over 50 artisan food and drink stalls.
Paul Smith will be coordinating the different chefs, and is delighted to see the Taste of Wick-low returning to the county town.
“The first Taste of Wicklow took place in 2015, but the Covid pandemic meant the event hasn’t been able to take place since 2019. Now we are back with a bang and we have a lot of activities for the whole family taking place. We were also keen to have more children involved this year and the winners of a schools competition run by Wicklow Naturally will all feature.”
Things get underway on Friday with a VIP Taste of Wicklow banquet, where booking plat-form Tabero, local restaurant Sorrel & Eve and An Tairseach Organic Farm and Ecology Centre will join together for a pop-up dining experience limited to just 50 people.
Food demonstrations from celebrity and local chefs, along with a live stage where a medley of musicians and DJs will be performing, takes place across the weekend.
A special gathering will also take place on Barrow Green on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Paul added: “We wanted to hold a nice community event where people can come along, bring some food and meet with some of their neighbours. Some of the Ukrainians living here will be present, as well as those living in the Grand Hotel, and we also provided all of them with free tickets to Taste of Wicklow.”
Tickets are still available for the Taste of Wicklow online at www.tasteofwicklow.ie. You can also visit the website to find a full list of what’s on each day.