The beatiful fishing village of Clogherhead - home to the inaugural SeaFoodRocks from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th of August.
Situated where the sea meets the land and in the sheltering embrace of the headland that gives it it’s name, the village of Clogherhead is a special place that makes its living from farming both the land and the sea.
Because many of its menfolk spend much of their time at sea, the sense of home and community is all the stronger and that is why the inaugural SeaFoodRocks 2017 festival, which celebrates all aspects of seafood and Irish maritime culture, is such a good idea.
The inaugural event runs from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th of August and is aimed at all age groups. It features a diverse programme of events to highlight the wonderful collaboration between the fishing, seafood, marine tourism and the coastal community.
Local fishmongers and traders will join forces to create a unique seafood offering each evening showcasing a diverse selection of quality seafood delicacies in the Artisan Seafood Market. Boyne Valley Seafood, East Coast Seafoods, Dundalk Bay Seafoods and Dunany Crab are among the catch with local brew house and street food specialist Jack Cody’s and Dark Horse Pizza providing delicious food.
In addition the ‘Best Chowder in Louth’ competition will take place on the Sunday. The winner will go forward to compete in the All Ireland Chowder competition in Kinsale in 2018. Guest judge, TV chef, Tara Walker from East Coast Cookery will be looking for something very special to represent Co. Louth ... have you got what it takes to take home title?!
Local outdoor activities specialist, Celtic Adventures, will provide unique water and land activities for all age groups during the festival. With an inflatable zone, giant games, circus skills and much more a fun filled weekend is guaranteed! For those of you looking to pick up some skills over the weekend there will be a number of workshops including, Nautical Knots & Bracelets with Clogherhead Coast Guard, The Bodhran Maker, Pottery.Buzz, Spiritualism with Tara Coyle, The Crafty Fox and Avant Garde Make-Up.
In addition to all things seafood and fun there will be two stages with music, comedy and film over the three nights! Friday night is ‘Outdoor Movie Night’ with a classic movie being brought to a big screen under the stars! Entertainment acts include comedian Joe Rooney of Father Ted and Kilnascully fame. Merging New Orleans Jazz with the rhythms of Brazil and Cuba, the amazing 14-piece percussion and brass outfit Cachimbo Brass will headline the main stage on Saturday. Drogheda natives Grand (Ireland's Premiere Gypsy Folk, Jazz & Swing band) will headline the main stage on Sunday night. Local favourites The Cacks and The Enemies front man Rojo will wow the crowd as usual and that’s just to name but a few!
A full line up will be announced in the coming weeks so keep an eye on out on https://www.facebook.com/SeaFoodRocks2017/.
Damien Kierans of Red Fish Events says: “We are excited to bring a festival back to Clogherhead and can’t wait to share all the village has to offer. It will be a great way for families to finish off the summer holidays!”
Tickets are available on eventbrite http://bit.ly/SeaFoodRocks2017. Under 2s go free, children's prices are from 2 - 16 years and adult prices start from 16 upwards. Early bird tickets are currently available but prices will go up from 6pm on the 4th August!