A Weekend For Lovers Of Seafood And Seaweed

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Clodagh McKenna with Greg Ryan of McMunn’s Bar and Restaurant, Johnny Breen of Cliff House Restaurant and Padraig Spillane of Spillane’s Seafoods launching the festival.

SEAFOOD lovers in Tralee may be interested in a new mini-festival over the road in Ballybunion in June with an appearance by celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna.

The Ballybunion Community Forum-Tourism and Marketing Team is planning the Wild Atlantic Seaweed Weekend June 5-7.

The weekend will celebrate everything good about seaweed…from seaweed in cookery, in healthy living, in beauty products to soaking in the age-old tradition of their famous seaweed baths.

The weekend will also celebrate other bounty from the sea like local periwinkles, mussels, oyster, fish and sea salt.

The weekend will open Friday, June 5 with an evening wine reception hosted by celebrity chef, Clodagh McKenna.

Following that, tickets will be available for a cookery demonstration with Clodagh. Here she will demonstrate three recipes highlighting seaweed and seafood combinations to delights the palate.

Several lucky attendees will be selected to share in the tastings which will be perfectly paired with complimentary wines.

Then, for the next two days, a fantastic selection of seaweed enhanced tasting menus will be available in the many Ballybunion restaurants and a wide program of activities featuring seaweed and the sea will keep patrons entertained from morning ‘til night.

Participants, young and old, will be able to choose from events like bathing in traditional salt water/seaweed baths, foraging for seaweed from the famous Black Rocks, watching seaweed and seafood cookery demonstrations, attending discussion groups about seaweed health and beauty products, joining seminars about other healthy gifts from the sea, investigating tide pools on guided tours, taking boat trips along our shores and learning about the unique Shannon Dolphin that live off the shores.

Also, featured is a jazz brunch and cooking demonstration/lunches highlighting seaweed as an ingredient.

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