Food Festival 2021
Sustainable Skerries Food Festival
There is a lot of seasonal, local, organic and waste-minimising (and very, very tasty!) food in Skerries. On Sat 24 / Sun 25 April 2021, we are shining a light on some of the sustainable, environmentally-friendly choices that are available to us here.
As the saying goes: Every little helps. Every small decision, every step towards a more sustainable future.
For instance: Food can play a massive role in drawing down carbon from our atmosphere, and thus helping in the fight against climate change. If everyone ate a little more “slowly” (seasonal, local, organic, waste-minimising: S.L.O.W.), there would be a noticeable difference!
Our festival is all about highlighting such small choices and celebrating good food (good for us and good for the planet) here in Skerries.
Given the year that’s in it, we, the festival organisers (Sustainable Skerries, itself a committee of The Skerries Community Association) foresaw that a ‘normal’ food festival would not be possible. How could we still have people learn about, and experience, local food?
First of all, there are four very different online events. Something for everyone, you could say!
The online events are all free (donations for the work of Sustainable Skerries most appreciated) and are listed on SustainableSkerries.Eventbrite.com.
- Sat 24 April, 4 p.m.: A panel discussion with five local food producers and retailers under the motto “The People Behind Your Food” featuring Gerry’s, Moriarty’s SuperValu, Shoots & Roots, Hella’s Kitchen, and the Skerries Mills Café: Sign up with this Eventbrite link
- Sun 25 April, 10 a.m.: A food gardening workshop with organic gardening expert, Klaus Laitenberger: Sign up with this Eventbrite link
- Sun 25 April, 3 p.m.: A session on food foraging with Zaneta Wright of Rerooting the Future: Sign up with this Eventbrite link
- Sun 25 April, 5 p.m.: a children’s cookery lesson with Orla Owens of The Cookie Club (donations for this event will go to AsIAm / Skerries Autism Friendly Town): Sign up with this Eventbrite link
Quite a choice!
And then there is The Sustainable Skerries Food Festival Trail, which will take place in real life. Six Skerries food places. Six tastes. Six hours to try it all! Sat 24 April, from 10 am – as of 18 April, the tickets on Eventbrite are sold out; a very limited number will be available at our stall at the market from 10 a.m.
Trail Goers will start on Saturday morning between 10 a.m. and 12 noon at Skerries Mills Farmers Market at the Sustainable Skerries stall and pick up the Trail Map plus their first taste (from Shoots & Roots) there.
Then they will go to each of the other five participating businesses – Hella’s Kitchen, Skerries Mills Café, Moriarty’s SuperValu, Gerry’s Supermarket and Olive Deli – to see and taste for themselves some of the food choices available in Skerries.
Tickets for the trail will cost €10, including all six tastes, and can be prebooked online – there are only 30 trail tickets available this year. This is the first ever Sustainable Skerries Food Festival, and while we are starting small (mainly due to concerns around Covid-19), we have big plans for 2022 and beyond.