Kenmare has always been at top of it's game in when it comes to food so once again from July 12th - 14th it is set to throw open it's doors for the second Kenmare Food Carnival. The Carnival aims to celebrate all things food related and showcase the best of what Kenmare has to offer in a 'Carnival' atmosphere making sure there's enough food and fun for everyone.

Based on last year’s overwhelming success, organisers are adding a few new events to the jam packed programme which includes our Kenmare Food Carnival food themed parade by Sligo based Work House Arts Studio and a Mardi Gras party in The Green on the opening evening Entertainment will be provided by The Rhythm Corporation with their Samba style Rhythm and dance troop and The Ohno! Jazz Band are being flown in from Holland to provide lots of 'Carnival' atmosphere to the weekend with their cool impromptu style of music. BBQ Joes will provide food for the evening with all proceeds going to Kenmare Food Carnival.

We have Derry Clarke and Rozanne Stevens lined up for cookery demonstrations among many others and a first ever cookery 'demo and dine' on Kenmare Bay on board Seafari. Kevin Aherne of Sage Restaurant in Middleton with his Ocean to Plate 12 mile style of cooking is lined up for that event. We have Marie Power who has released a book called The Sea Gardener lined up for an early morning cruise to Dromquinna Pier and forage on the shore.

Back by popular demand is the Artisan Food Market, Taste Trail, Cookery Demonstration Theatre which this year will focus on the talents of local chefs with a few invited guests. The Drinks Quarter will be a bustling area where talk and tastings will take place around craft beers, ciders, whiskey, wine & sherry. The very popular show by Susan Boyle called The Wine Geese will also take place over the weekend.

There will be chefs tables, foraging, talks by local food producers on their business and for the kiddies Little Foodies is back with workshops, puppet shows. Cork Circus will bring their Tutti Frutti show which is a circus act based around local produce and we will of course have the retro style Carnival with Helter Skelter to keep them smiling for a long time!

And if all of this isn't enough there is always Kenmare Food Carnival Cookbook Loving Food... Loving Kenmare! to get you through the winter months with a selection of recipes from local chefs and some from last year’s demos.

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