Food in Friar Street is focus of Festival

The Chamber of Commerce continues with the Winter Wonderland Festival this week when the emphasis will be on food and fun in Friar Street.

The Chamber of Commerce continues with the Winter Wonderland Festival this week when the emphasis will be on food and fun in Friar Street.

There will be a marquee set up in the Friar Street Car park on Friday where the Modern Souls will perform for free at 8:30pm.

The day will also witness a number of speciality food stalls in the car park. You can taste of some home-grown treats and high quality Irish produce

Sean Laffey the President of the Chamber said to expect some tasty fast food and some artisan delicacies when Goldie Fish Events bring their Folk and Food market to the Friar Street location.

The Modern Souls will entertain late night shoppers and market browsers with their infectious brass flavoured jazz funk, Shaun Leahy who is acting as sound engineer in the marquee said “to expect a touch of Chicago in the town this Friday night when the Modern Souls take to the stage.”

Friday evening will be rounded off with music in Foley’s Beer garden provided by Seamus Foley who is excited about the events that are happening in the Street this coming week end.

“We have the very popular Ger Slattery closing the night with some ballads and tunes in the marquee and we are ready for a crowd to come along and have a great time as Friar Street does it’s bit to help boost the Festive spirits of the town” said Seamus.

On Saturday the market and music continues throughout the day with Sean Ryan hosting an acoustic music afternoon, with up and coming young talent Polaroid Picture and All About Him, there will be seasonal music form the Cashel Brass Bands a choir and an open mic slot for budding performers.

The market marquee will also be the place to be to see the Senior Cup Cake Challenge and according to Sean Laffey “if it is half a good as the junior competition last week, we are all in for a culinary treat. The standard of the junior entries was exceptional, very creative, and full of humour, the seniors have a hard act to follow, and we are really looking forward to seeing and tasting the Christmas Cup Cakes.

The weekend will also be your chance to catch a specially commissioned video of music from the Vicar’s Choral. Sean Laffey and Denis Vahey worked on the recording last Thursday at the Rock of Cashel and would like to thank the OPW, Elaine Moriarty and all her staff for the wonderful reception and hospitality they received there.

“It was a superb day of music in the Vicar’s Choral,” said Denis “we filmed and recorded six different groups over the course of the day and the edited work will be ready for people to see in Friar Street this weekend.

“It’s a video full of familiar faces singing some exceptional songs, it will be a real treat for all the family,” said Sean Laffey. “Our intention is to have copies available in Care Homes and local hospitals, day centres and the like over the Christmas period. The setting and the singing was very special and I think people will really enjoy the high standard of music we captured over seven hours last Thursday.”

Finally we were reminded that anyone wishing to collect their free Santa photograph can do some from the town’s Tourist Office opposite Kearney’s Castle Hotel.