‘Queen Of The Sea 2011’ Youghal 15th – 17th July 2011
Three festivals in one
The Queen of the Sea Contest bears much resemblance to that of the world-famous Rose of Tralee in that it is a contest for young ladies, from whom the winner is chosen according to her hopes, dreams & ambitions and her attitude toward social responsibility. It is three festivals in one, comprising the Queen of the Sea Contest, a Youghal Food Festival and a ‘Myrtle Groove’ Music Festival.
Click on the image below to see a profile of each of the contestants for the Queen of the Sea 2011
The festivities commence with the Myrtle Groove gig on Nealon’s Quay at 3 pm on Friday July 15th, wherein various live bands will entertain throughout the day. The ‘groove’ will persist throughout the weekend in what marks a serious upgrade in Youghal’s provision of musical entertainment. Along with local artistes, Cork’s 96FM Gig Rig will play live from the Market Square, KILA will perform on Nealon’s and there will be music and dance of a traditional genre also. A ‘Mardi Gras’ Parade featuring the queens will traverse the town at 7 pm that night.
The Youghal Food Festival will be officially opened by the Celebrity TV Chef, Rachel Allen. There will be a farmers’ market, cooking demonstrations, teaching and tasting events. Throughout the three days, there will be breakfast, brunch, lunch and snacks available all made from local produce with lots of choice. Festival menus will be available in local restaurants in the evenings.
Come and watch TV celebrity chef Rachel Allen cut the ribbon for the official opening the food festival and wander through the many food and craft stalls where you can treat yourself to a taste of the finest local produce to be found in the area, Visit Corks 96FM GIG RIG playing live from Market Square, or let the kids join in the fun, and enter the crab catching or the sand castle building competition, join the circus workshop, enter your dog in the Dog Show or join one of the other many fun activities planned for you during the festival.
Enjoy the crowning of the Queen of the Sea followed by acclaimed band KILA live on stage, and enjoy lots of free music all through the weekend on the Myrtle groove Gig Rig. Saturday’s fare includes the Food Festival, which will be launched –if not lunched!- by TC chef Rachel Allen. A multitude of other attractions, including water races and busking, will run throughout the day. The 2011 Queen of the Sea will be crowned at 6.30 on Saturday night, followed by a Queens Banquet at the Mall Arts centre.
Sunday’s many attractions include family races in the Green Park (Spud and spoon, fastest daddy, hairy legs, wheel barrow, three legged, wife-carrying, etc), alongside a dog show and various other entertainments such as wife-ccbucking bronco, obstacle course, face painting, circus workshop and so on and on….
Pictured below is last year’s winner Susie Fitzgibbon
MYRTLE GROOOOOVE GIG RIG – Time Table
CAROL KENIERY 3:30PM
PLANET CLAIRE 4PM
Martin Valley 5pm
The Live Vibe 6pm
Barry Teriney 7pm
THE UNMARKED 8:30PM
KARMA PARKING 3PM
NICOLE MCGUIREe 4PM
GOLDFISH SYNDROME 4:45PM
CROWNING THE QUEEN OF THE SEA 6:30
HELL FOR LEATHER 2:30PM
ST JOHN THE GAMBLER 3:30PM
EANNA DOWLING & MARTIN FURY & BOBBY LEE 4:45PM
CELTIC INVASION 6PM
THE STEVE WHELAN BAND 7:30PM
THE WALL STREET THIEVES 8:45PM
TOY SOLDIER 10PM