Published: Friday, 23rd August, 2013 10:04am
The Harvest Offaly Food Festival (HOFF) programme has been revealed. Festival events will take place from September 13 to September 15, with five events on the first day, twelve on the second and nine on the third.
Events kick off at 3.30pm on Friday, September 13 with a free cookery demo for children in Tullamore library celebrating Roald Dahl’s birthday. From 5pm to 7pm there will be opening street celebrations, followed by Stagecraft street theatre on the boardwalk.
At 7pm on September 13 there will be the first of three Tullamore Food Trails, where for €35 diners can take in three restaurants – Sirocco’s, Jamie’s and The Blue Apron – in one night. Numbers for the food trail are limited to 30, and tickets are available from the festival office and Sirocco’s.
At 8.30pm on September 13 the Harvest Moon cocktail evening will kick off in the Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre. Tickets for this event are €15 and are available from both the Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre and the festival office.
Saturday events will include a food and craft market from 10am until 6pm in O’Connor Square. From 10am forager and chef Mary Bulfin will lead a walk and talk in Charleville Estate. On the same day children can take part in a cookery camp in Jamie’s at a cost of €15, while for adults there are a number of cookery demos taking place in the Bridge House Hotel throughout the day at a cost of €5 per demo of €15 for a day pass.
At noon in the library, editor of Easy Food Dee Laffan will give a free talk on menu planning. At the same time a Vanilla Bean Bakery Cupcake Mayhem event for children will take place in the Central Hotel.
Other events on Saturday will include a grow-it-yourself talk in the library, a talk with John Sommerville in the Central Hotel entitled Bee Amazed and a free talk by Angela Jupe on cooking with herbs and flowers.
The Tullamore Food Trail will take place once again on Saturday evening. The highlight of the festival for many will also take place on Saturday evening. From 7.30pm a long table dinner will be served on the boardwalk. The seven course extravaganza featuring local produce will be produced by 2011 Masterchef finalist Claire Ann O’Keefe, and will be accompanied by wine and jazz music with Bob Batty. Tickets to the event cost €50.
On Sunday a food and craft market will once more take place in O’Connor Square from 10am until 6pm. Michael Byrne will lead a historical walk from 10am. Cookery demos will once more take place in the Bridge House Hotel from 11.15am. Children’s events will include a pizza making class in Sirocco’s along with another Cupcake Mayhem event in the Central Hotel. Pat Howley will give a Bee Amazed talk. Meanwhile at 3pm waiters will compete in O’Connor Square for the HOFF Waiter of the Year prize.
The Tullamore Food Trail will take place for a third and final time on Sunday evening.
Sponsors of the HOFF include Logos, Glenisk, Tullamore Dew, Bridge House Hotel, Central Hotel, Findlaters, Kit Your Kitchen, Tullamore Court Hotel, Hey Pesto!, Sirocco’s, Vanilla Bean Bakery, Offaly Delicious, Offaly Tourism, Lynch’s, Offaly Local Development Company and The Gathering.
More information on the festival is available at www.harvestoffalyfoodfestival.com.