TV chef brightens up Achill Seafood Festival
TV Chef Jenny Bristow was the special guest of the Achill Seafood Festival which took place over the weekend and was considered a huge success by the organisers.
This was the second year of there-branded Féile Biana Mara Acla with the number of people taking part in the different activities believed to have been considerably higher than last year. The festival was officially opened by TV Chef, Jenny Bristow at a Gala Seafood Buffet in Óstán Oileán Acla on Friday evening and she also took part in cookery demonstrations and Q&A sessions over the weekend.
The festival was organised by Achill Tourism and among the different activities which took place over the weekend were oyster tasting, seaweed gathering, a sandcastle building competition and the finals of the Cailín óg and Buachill ogre competitions. The weekend concluded with the Achill’s Got Talent competition which took place in the Achill Head Hotel.
Helen Applegarth, Manager of Achill Tourism told The Mayo News that they were delighted with the festival and calculated that numbers were up on last year.
“The weekend went very well and we estimate that the numbers attending the event were up on last year. We had over 200 people as the Achill’s Got Talent and speaking to people at the events they were saying they really enjoyed the weekend. I was speaking to the family from Canada who followed the different events during the weekend and said they never had a holiday like it. That is the type of message we want to send out about the festival,” she said.
Helen also praised the professionalism of Jenny Bristow, who she described as a natural cook who was able to use everyday ingredients in her dishes and in a way everyone enjoyed.
“She talked to people on a level everyone understood and used the kind of ingredients anyone would have in their kitchen. She was not at all pretentious and talked to people about all kinds of things. We are grateful to her and she is a great food ambassador,” she said.
The festival has been sponsored by Údaras na Gaeltachta for the last two years but the deal expires this year and Helen said they hoped the success and broad appeal of the festival will attract sponsors to the festival.