‘Taste of Lakelands’ serves up a family feast

We’re fairly spoiled in this region when it comes to fairs and festivals. In the past few weeks alone I have attended at least four – from Lecarrow to Strokestown there have been numerous events which have drawn crowds to towns and villages across Roscommon and indeed nearby counties.

  The ‘Taste of the Lakelands’ food festival in Lanesboro last weekend was certainly no exception. It was well organised and captured the imagination of the residents of Ballyleague and Lanesboro as well as those coming from further afield.

  I arrived there on Saturday and afternoon and was surprised to find ample parking in a field very close to the main event. I was guided to a parking spot from the main entrance by very helpful stewards who also gave me directions for when it came time to leave.

  The marquee was a hive of activity with food producers from across Ireland present. It was difficult to walk past any of the stalls, such were the great aromas and delicacies on offer – needless to say it took me a while to get around!

  There were also brilliant cookery demonstrations on offer by TV chef Kevin Dundon and others. These demonstrations have become a mainstay for any food fairs and always seem to draw a large audience – although after tucking in to the fare on offer I doubt anybody rushed home to get cooking that evening!

  As well as the food on offer it was great to see a free ‘Kid’s Zone’ which seemed to be really popular with the future Kevin Dundons who visited on the day. There were of course freebies on the day including icecream and tea depending on your body temperature! All in all, the marquee and kids’ events were extremely popular and will hopefully remain an annual event for years to come.

  When it was time to go home those helpful stewards were on hand once again to make everyone’s exit as easy as possible.