The festival returns for the third year running and, this time, the flagship event will be the Old Butter Roads Food Festival (May 24-26) taking place over two days in the award-winning O’Mahony’s Gastropub & Courtyard, in Watergrasshill, where food writer Joe McNamee’s Grub Circus curates and hosts a family-friendly programme of fun food-related events for all ages as well as assembling a range of top guest speakers and contributors including Irish food legend Darina Allen, for the Old Butter Roads Food Symposium.
The festival kicks off on the Friday night (May 24th) in O’Mahony’s gastro-pub, in Watergrasshill—freshly crowned as Best Gastropub in Munster, at the recent Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) Awards—with music and storytelling from the Gab Group before Joe McNamee’s Grub Circus takes over on Saturday morning to present an eclectic two-day programme that promises fun, food and frolics, along with the more serious business of the Old Butter Road Food Symposium.
The Courtyard will host a BBQ stall and ‘market’, with stalls featuring Old Butter Roads members’ produce and children are especially well catered for over the course of the weekend with nationally-renowned actor and puppeteer Dominic Moore bringing his puppet show to ‘Granny’s Garden’, the specially designated kidzone, adjacent to the Courtyard.
Moore will also oversee hands-on butter making sessions, allowing children to make their own butter and a Kidz Kookoff Kompetition will see two teams of children under chef mentors competing against each other for some lovely prizes. There is also face-painting and other entertainment.