Tickets on sale now The Roscommon Lamb Festival is just around the corner. This truly unique and innovative Festival – the first of its kind in Ireland – kicks off on 30th of April. Organisers have planned an action-packed 6 days to attract people of all ages with a series of show-stopping events which will provide people of all ages a feast for all the senses. The Festival promises something for everyone with 6 action packed days of fun. It will be officially opened on Friday 2nd May at 4 pm at the Farmers Market and there will be a launch at 7 pm Thursday 1st May of An Bord Bia Spring Lamb promotion by Minister for Agriculture & Food Mary Coughlan T.D. in Gleeson’s Townhouse. The most sought after-ticket for the festival will be the Celebrity Chef evening at the Abbey Hotel on Friday 2nd of May. International TV chef and author Rachel Allen will be taking the helm for the evening and will devise a special menu specifically for the Roscommon Lamb Festival. Rachel will be mingling with guests on the night and will oversee proceedings along with her husband, chef Issac Allen, Head chef Glen Campbell and all the chefs at the Abbey Hotel. The 5 course feast will feature lamb with a twist with innovative and creative ways to experience lamb with both complimentary and unexpected ingredients. The menu will hold some surprises and will be revealed on the night, served with complimentary wines. Rachel says she’s really looking forward to the evening and is glad to be a part of this unique festival. She says ‘The Roscommon Lamb Festival is the first of its kind in the country and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. It is very important for the food industry in Ireland that we celebrate our love of good, quality, farm to fork produce both nationally and internationally and that is what this event is all about.’ Rachel’s style of cooking is above all, practical. Simple but delicious food, ideal for family and friends. Her influences are both regional and global. The BBC describe her as an ‘Irish Cooking Queen’ and Good Food Magazine believe she ‘has put Irish cooking on the map in recent years’. Rachel has a devoted fan base both in the UK and Ireland, and the popularity of her television programmes continues to rise. Rachel was brought up in Dublin and left home at eighteen to study at the world famous Ballymaloe Cookery School. Rachel is a busy TV chef, author, journalist and mother, and still teaches at Ballymaloe. Rachel has written for many Irish publications including 3 years on Irish lifestyle magazine Image and now has a weekly column in The Sunday Tribune Magazine. She has also contributed to BBC Good Food magazine and AWT At Home magazine. Rachel has most recently appeared at Taste of the World for the New York Times as the special guest of the Irish Tourist Board. She currently has 2 bestselling books on the shelves, Rachel’s Food For Living and Rachel’s Favorite Food At Home, her new book Rachel’s Baking Secrets is due out in October. Music on the night will be performed by local trad group Vinegar Bill and the perfect accompanying wines will be sponsored by Tingle Wine Merchants. This unmissable night ‘The Celebrity Chef event’ is on Friday, 2nd of May at 8 pm at the Abbey Hotel. Tickets are €75 and are limited for this very special event so get yours now. For more information on all the events happening from April 30th – May 5th, pick up a programme on the Roscommon Lamb Festival, there is something for everyone!