The Strawberry Festival is one of Ireland's oldest and most diverse of festivals featuring music from local and national artists. Strawberry Princesses will attend an opening night ball leading to a selection of the Strawberry Queen who will then be entered into the Rose of Tralee Competition. The festival also boasts a new Sportive event, an All-Ireland Farmers Market, a singing pubs competition, music competition for teenagers, loads of children's activities, fringe events plus much much more.
The Strawberry Festival hopes to attract as many people home to Enniscorthy and Wexford from other countries for the festival with the help of the Gathering Ireland 2013. If you are an international musician, drop them an email with a YouTube link to your act and the days that you will be in Enniscorthy and the organiser may be able to schedule you onto the Chalk Board Busker and Art Trail or main stage.
Besides the Dragon sportive, other new 2013 events are WeXposE (a fashion show and parade hosted by former Miss World Rosanna Davison); Taste of Wexford Strawberries (a cook off of chefs and homebakers featuring regional food); strawberry demonstrations such as how to grow your own strawberries; a selection of dramatic theatre: and the Presentation Arts Centre's Spoken Word showcasing local and national writers plus talented young writers under 12.
A host of local and national music acts will play across 3 fantastic days of free music on the main concert big top with a capacity for 1500 people. There will be an art exhibition of local talented artists as well as a children’s art section. The Wexfactor Under 25s Music Competition will start in mid May and a Pub Talent Competition will start two weeks prior to the festival with over 30 licensed premises participating.
On Sunday, the Dragon Sportive will also be a big part of the festival with cyclists from all over Ireland and Europe travelling to take part. The All Ireland Farmers market has competitors' from all over Ireland taking part and is sure to attract a huge number of visitors on the day.