PHOTO GALLERY: Over 10,000 people attend last weekend's Naas Wild Food Festival

Stalls set out at Naas Harbour

Conor McHugh

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An estimated 10,000 people attended the Naas Wild Food Festival, last Saturday, September 8 — an increase on last year’s figure, and generally representing a growth in the event over its five years of existance at Naas canal harbour.

As well as numerous stalls offering a variety of food on the go, there was a stage set up in front of Market House, which featured several musical acts including singer songwriters Sina Theil and Paddy Casey who lives locally.

The Food Festival also included a tent, supported by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) of Kildare County Council, which had smaller stalls as well as providing cookery demonstrations from Fiona Uyema, Adrian Martin, Sharon Hearne-Smith, Niamh from the Ivy Cookery School and the Skinny Chef.

The event is part of the community engagement element of the work of Naas Tidy Towns, Bill Clear told the Leinster Leader.

“We give something back to the town,” he noted.

And he acknowledged the help and support of the Council, Supervalu, the Queely Group and LEO. He said that it was the intention of the Naas Tidy Towns to grow the event over the coming years with “more stalls and more people on the stage”.

“It brings the town together and it brings people into the town,” he said.