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March 19th, 2013 @ 16:08

Westport Festival of Music & Food 2013

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The ‘Westport Festival of Music and Food’ is a two two-day, family-friendly Westport Festival which is taking place this year on the 29th and 30th of June in Westport House, one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes and parkland estates set amidst a stunning 400 acre site in the heart of Co. Mayo.

Headlining acts at the festival will include Elvis Costello and Imelda May with other confirmed acts including The Stunning, Alabama 3, Damien Dempsey, Ryan Sheridan, Delorentos and many more. Also, for the first time ever, the festival will play host to The Roisin Dubh Stage – a homage to our favourite Irish artists; from electronic to bluegrass to rock, Westport Festival has provided a cross section of the enormous array of talent in the current vibrant Irish music scene.

Westport Festival promises a relaxed weekend with first-class festival facilities onsite. The established caravan and camping park hosts amenities such as showers, a café and a bar as well as the finest local food and refreshments.

2013 sees the delicious ‘Best in the West’ food village come to Westport Festival. An array of food producers will present the most exciting and vibrant foods the West has to offer; from Clew Bay Oysters and local Killary mussels, taken from the sea the day before to local Connemara Mountain Lamb infused with Garlic and Rosemary. The Friendly Food Form will return again this year combining cookery demonstrations, led by Irish chef Derry Clarke, with audience viewing, participation and interaction.

This year’s Westport Festival will have a number of additional features suitable for all. The Dylan Bradshaw Hair Salon will give festivalgoers a chance to get their hair styled by one of Dylan’s team of multi award winning hair stylists. Top Irish photographer Barry McCall will have a Photo Booth on site, while another new addition to the festival this year is The Cotton Club, where you will be transported back in time to the heady days of the 1920s.

The on-site family area will rival any other festival with the award-winning Pirate Adventure Park on the festival grounds. Families will be able to enjoy the Pirate Queen swinging ship, the Pirates Plunge Water Slide, the gorgeous swan Pedaloe Boats, the Westport House Express miniature train ride, bouncy castles and many more fun festival activities!

Brian Quinn from Failte Ireland said, “I think we were all surprised at the uniqueness of the Westport Festival given the wide spread of age groups attracted and the location of Westport House. The result is a brilliant family weekend not to be missed with great music, food and fun”

Tickets for Westport Festival of Music & Food are on sale now via www.westportfestival.com with combined festival and camping tickets on sale through www.westporthouse.ie.

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