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Naas Wild Food Festival is Back !

Naas Wild Food Festival will be making its return to the town from the 4th to the 10th September, and focuses on the rare and wonderful delights that can be found both in our locality and on our lands. We will be serving a selection of dishes specially crafted for the occasion available for a limited time only, celebrating the return of the food festival.

Half Dozen Carlingford Oysters with Seaweed Spaghetti & Champagne vinegar dressing - €12 (or €2.50 each)

Oysters were originally a poor man’s food, whereas now it’s seen as a gourmet delicacy. The native Irish oyster grows naturally on tidal sea beds and they are now in season, the imported gigos variety are available all year round.

Venison Cannelloni, Crispy Leeks, Parmesan Cream & Wild Mushrooms - €20

One of the oldest meat types in this country and probably why this rock on the edge of Europe was first inhabited, male sika & fallow deer are mostly used early in the autumn season

Damson & Gin Cobbler, Mascarpone Ice Cream - €6.50

While damsons are not native, they can be found growing in hedgerows all over the country. They are slightly less sweet than plums and are now in season

September is a great time of year for wild foods in Ireland, with our native oysters now in season, all our beautiful game and our hedgerows are bursting with fruit, not to mention the arrival of all those delicious mushrooms.

Thanks to Naas Tidy Towns you can sample a number of these out of the ordinary and wild ingredients and much more such as escargot, python, mountain oysters, tripe and grasshoppers at a number of feasts around the town.

They are also the Naas Wild Food Trail on Saturday 9th September starting at 11:30 sharp in Lawlors Hotel. The Food Trail will bring you along to five of the finest dining establishments in Naas where you will go on a tapas style culinary journey hosted by participating venues.

Food is not all that is on offer on the Saturday as after the Trail there will be a 16 piece brass band, local music, bush tucker challenge, cooking demo, and fun activities for the whole family, making it a great day out for everyone.

Tickets for the Wild Food Trial are €30 per person, are available on the day and from participating restaurants and is in support of Naas Tidy Towns. You can also get your hands on a pair of tickets on us as we are running a competition on our Facebook page giving away two tickets for the Trail event. More details can be found here