Clerihan hosts Tipp Harvest Food Festifval in aid of local community park development

Clerihan hosts the inaugural Tipperary Harvest Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday week, September 29 and 30

Clerihan hosts the inaugural Tipperary Harvest Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday week, September 29 and 30

The aim of the festival is to promote and celebrate Tipperary’s rich heritage and tradition of producing and preparing quality artisan foods. It will be held at Clerihan Community Park, on the R688 Cashel to Clonmel road.

The proceeds from the event will go towards the continued development of the Community Park, developing projects such as a new playground and changing rooms.

Carrie Acheson the well-known “voice of the ploughing championships” has agreed to assist as Master of Ceremonies, and will keep everyone posted as to what’s happening during the day and seek out those lost children!

Events on Saturday include a fashion show and barn dance.

The Fashion Show in Halla na Saoirse, Clerihan starts the with a Champagne Reception 7:15 pm and the show at 7:30 pm

Professional Stylist and compere is Margaret Doyle of Style Icon.#

The barn dance takes place in the main marquee at Clerihan Community Park from 9.30pm to 1.30am. Prizes for Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgal. Over 18s Only

On Sunday at 1pm the Harvest Food Festival begins.

The celebrity chef is well known TV personality and author Catherine Fulvio who will give a two-hour demonstration using Tipperary’s finest foods. Local Tipperary chefs from many of the best eateries will also host food preparation workshops throughout the day.

As you enjoy the taste of wonderful foods you can sit, relax and watch the Hurling Finals on flat screen televisions.

In the Main Food Hall, there will be over 30 stands showcasing the finest producers of quality artisan foods from the local area.

There will be experts giving talks and demonstrations such as Paddy Gleeson on Creative Gardening and Denis Ryan of South Tipp Bee-Keepers.

Bord Bia and GIY Ireland also support this event.

To ensure a variety for everyone, there will be a wide range of Health & Craft stands located in the Health & Craft Marquee, and some great “farmers markets” stands outside.

There will lots of exciting children’s activities in the Kids Zone with The Den Mini Club-high jump and obstacle course, The Animal Road Show, Face painting, Bouncy castles, and pony rides.

Local sports clubs, GAA and Soccer, will host numerous side shows with Macra na Feirme hosting an inter-club tug-o-war competition.

Also for the vintage enthusiasts there will be a display of cars, tractors and a Threshing Machine.

Catherine Fulvio is a firm favourite at Food Events and Festivals all over Ireland and the organisers are delighted to have her participating at the debut Tipperary Harvest Food Festival. Catherine will take to the stage on Sunday afternoon and with her passion and flair for good quality ingredients she will showcase some of her favourite dishes fresh from her new collection.

Catherine’s no stranger to authentic food, as she was brought up on a farm in Co Wicklow – and really does appreciate the labour of love that is farming and the rewards that it brings when the family sits around the table enjoying their garden harvest.

‘Eat Like an Italian’ is a collection of recipes for the good life and it is Catherine’s knowledge and appreciation of Italian Food & Food Culture as well as her own ability to create delicious yet do-able recipes that make her one of Ireland’s best-loved chefs. She has an natural flair for flavour and an ability to combine ingredients resulting in mouth-watering dishes for all occasions for family and friends to enjoy.

Clerihan Community Park

The Community Council purchased the lands which is the current Community Park in 2004. Since then the Community Council has worked vigorously to develop the facility into what it is today - which consists of a GAA Pitch, Soccer Pitch, Training Pitch, All Weather Pitch with flood lighting, and a unique walking track with street lighting all around the park.

The facility has encouraged, the revival of Clerihan GAA club after 42 years, which now has a full complement of teams in hurling in football and the growth of the Soccer Club also.

Plans are currently in place for the progression of the playground and changing room facility. Clerihan is fortunate that the people of the community have continually supported this project and helped make it what it is today and are grateful to our many donors, some of whom remain anonymous, and who have helped make this project a success.