Summer festivals may be springing up like mushrooms in a damp Irish field, but a handful of them manage to stand out. One of these is the Westport Festival of Music & Food. Set in the elegant grounds of Westport house, this festival has gained a foothold in the crowded outdoor entertainment calendar by appealing to a broad range of interests. Cool sounds? Check. Lots of laughs? Check. Tasty food? Check. It really is the perfect festival feast. So make sure you have your Westport holiday home booked on Places to Stay for June 29th and 30th and get ready for some tempting treats.
The Westport Festival of Music & Food has carved out its place on the festival calendar with an imaginative mix of quality rock, folk, Celtic, and acoustic acts performing in a spectacular 400-acre site in the grounds of Westport House in Mayo. Building on an excellent 2012, which saw the likes of Ray Davies, Lloyd Cole, and Alison Moyet take to the stage, Westport Music Festival has unveiled a stellar lineup for 2013. Every effort has been made to accommodate a wide range of musical tastes, with Elvis Costello, Imelda May, the Buena Vista Social Club, Delorentos, Le Galaxie, ABC, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Squeeze among the stars.
Have you heard the one about the music festival full of comedians? The wise people at Westport know that life without a laugh is a dismal thing indeed, so they have organised a gaggle (should that be a “giggle?) of comedians to keep festival-goers happy for the weekend. These include Barry Murphy, Irish comedy legend and star of Apres Match; Joe Rooney, Father Damo on Father Ted; Phil Jupitus of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI fame; and fast-talking Belfast comic Colin Murphy.
There’s more than music and comedy on the menu at Westport. Visit the “Best Food from the West” village to see what kind of amazing wonders local food producers will have on display. There’s a pop-up pub, wine bar, food demonstration tent, and a chef’s kitchen, where you can watch culinary wizards like Richard Corrigan, Derry Clarke, Ross Lewis, Kevin Dundon, Oliver Dunne and Dylan McGrath in action. Not forgetting this is a music festival, each chef must devise a dish inspired by their musical favourites, which their chosen artist will judge a hit or a miss. The festival is raising awareness and funds for ChildVision, so the chefs must come up with some unexpected flavours to challenge festival-goers in a “dine in the dark” experience.