Festival Lough Erne celebrates food and waterways

Pictured at the launch of Festival Lough Erne, from left, Tanya Cathcart, Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism, Sarah McHugh, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Trevor Foster, Erne Paddlers, Siobhan and Sophie Reilly from The Giddy Box, Councillor Stephen McCann, Roisin MacRory, Waterways Ireland, Noelle McAloon, Enniskillen BID, and Declan O’Donoghue from The Erne Larder

Ireland’s only island town, Enniskillen, is hosting Festival Lough Erne, a celebration of the very best of local food and the Fermanagh Lakelands, for a third year, on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September 2017.

The weekend will see a host of activity on and off the water with cookery demonstrations from guest chefs, local artisan food and drink producers and live entertainment, all taking place at Enniskillen Castle; heritage gateway to the area and beyond.

Over the course of the two day festival guest chefs including Paula McIntyre and Noel McMeel will perform live cookery demonstrations. The very best of local artisan producers and businesses and many more will be showcasing their products for sample and purchase.

Other activity and entertainment will include a display from Lough Erne Heritage providing a unique insight into the importance of the waterway in bygone years, children’s activities with the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, street entertainers and live music from local bands; all compered by Fermanagh’s own Bryan Gallagher.

A range of free of charge water based activities, including canoe taster sessions from Erne Paddlers and Erne Water Taxi tours, will also be on offer.

Daily admission to Festival Lough Erne is £2.00 per person, under 12s free. Admission includes entry to both museums on site at Enniskillen Castle. Speaking about Festival Lough Erne, Cllr Stephen McCann, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council said: “Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is delighted to organise Festival Lough Erne in partnership with other key stakeholders to showcase the natural resources which our lakelands and waterways provide, and the quality of the local produce sourced from across the county.”

Noelle McAloon, Enniskillen BID, said:“Enniskillen BID are pleased to work with and support the 2017 Festival Lough Erne. This weekend long event will encourage many locals and visitors to spend more time in Enniskillen and enjoy all it has to offer in the celebration of local food and waterways.”

Roisin MacRory, Waterways Ireland said:“Waterways Ireland is delighted to support this year’s Festival Lough Erne. The event is an excellent opportunity to celebrate our vast array of local food and drink and provides a platform to showcase the excellent water based activities which Lough Erne easily lends itself to.”