This food festival runs from the 31st August 2013 to 2nd September 2013 and sees mackerel cooked, grilled and bar-b-qued in the open air by local chefs. Food trails, samples, family fun activities and live entertainment free for all.
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The wonderfully vigorous mackerel fish have been a very important part of Youghal’s Heritage and way of life for hundreds of years. Its very unique that they actually come into the town itself and right up to the quay walls in the town centre. Fishing for mackerel is a popular tourist attraction.
For locals and regular visitors to Youghal, Mackerel fishing is an event where young and old, spectators and fishermen, boats people and terraferma people alike gather along the waterfront to land fresh and tasty mackerel. Memories of the mackerel from times past include the fish jumping onto the quay at the height of the season and as we go to press kids knee high in the water scooping them up with their hands to land them on the smaller town centre beach.
To celebrate the wonder that is Mackerel a voluntary group would like to “reel” you in to join in a fun festival. The festival is in its 3rd year and is going from strength to strength with lots of free events for all the family. A big part of the programme is two days of local chefs preparing mackerel dishes outdoors in the town centre and offering tastings for the general public. Previous festivals saw the town centre filled with delicious aromas as barbeques and open air fires cooked mackerel tickled by a wonderful variety of spices and herbs. There will appealing fish dishes, wonderfully garnished, to savour and recipes to take away