Being a food festival, naturally HOFF has its own cake!
Irish and international food lovers are in for a culinary treat this month when the inaugural Harvest Offaly Food Festival (HOFF) takes places in Tullamore from September 13-15.
The organisers of HOFF have a packed programme of events lined up including an opening street parade, artisan food stalls, craft markets, children’s workshops, restaurant trails, a long table banquet and cookery demonstrations from some of Ireland’s top chefs and foodies.
The HOFF programme will be centred on both O’Connor Square and Tullamore’s Canal Quarter. A long table banquet which will showcase local food, drink and delicacies is the planned highlight of the weekend.
RTE’s MasterChef Ireland finalist Clare Anne O’Keefe will be overseeing the banquet and catering for the 100 diners at the newly constructed boardwalk along the Grand Canal bank at Bury Quay while patrons will also be entertained by a jazz band on board a barge docked alongside.
The launch event for the HOFF will take place at the Tullamore DEW Visitor Centre and in celebration of the region’s rich culinary offerings the three day festival will kick off with the Harvest Moon Cocktail evening.
Georgina Campbell, doyenne of the Irish food and hospitality industry, will official open the festival at the cocktail evening which will celebrate the local harvest with good food, Tullamore DEW cocktails and live music.
Tullamore DEW’s Global Brand Ambassador, John Quinn, will be on hand to inspire with ideas on how to best enjoy our native nectar with whiskey tastings and food pairing demonstrations.
The highly acclaimed and newly crowned chef of the year Mickael Viljanen from The Greenhouse in Dublin will give a master class on the fine arts of cooking and he will be joined by Michelin star chef JP McMahon from Galway’s award winning Aniar Restaurant, Padraig Og Gallagher (Boxty House), Maria Rafferty (Zuni, Kilkenny), Nessa Robbins of Kenmare Foodies, Derek O’Brien (Baking Academy ofIreland) and many others.
An artisan food market with exhibitors from Offaly and the rest of the county will be held in O’Connor Square on the Saturday and Sunday while there is also a range of events and food demonstrations for children to enjoy while cultural attractions such as music, dancing heritage and outdoor activities will also be part of the Harvest Offaly Food Festival.
The purpose of the event is to increase awareness and promote the wide range of food and drink produced in Offaly.
To coincide with the Harvest Offaly Food Festival the local Inland Waterways is also running a festival on the canal where it is expected that up to 40 boats will be in the area for the duration of the HOFF.
Tickets for all events can be bought at the festival office in the Bridge Centre which opens on Monday, September 9 and at each of the participating venues. Many of the talks are free and weekend passes are also available.
More information on the HOFF is available on Twitter by following @HOFF_Offaly and on Harvest Offaly Food Festival, The HOFF on Facebook. Check out the website www.harvestoffalyfoodfestival.com for all festival updates.