As if Kerry’s upcoming appearances in the All-Ireland Football Finals next month wasn’t mouth-watering enough, Tralee Chamber Alliance has released details of the first Tralee Food Festival from 18-20 September.

The delicious event will feature a Taste Trail, Craft Beer Trail, Artisan Food Market, Cookery Demonstrations and a variety of menus at some of Tralee’s top food and beverage haunts, including hotels, restaurants, bars and cafés.

The CEO of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Kieran Ruttledge, said: “The Tralee Food Festival will provide a platform from where the wider public will get to experience the wonderful taste of what Tralee has to offer. Having the Atlantic to the west, and with some of the best pasture in Europe on our doorstep, Tralee can justly claim to produce the highest-quality, natural ingredients that others can only dream of. Our chefs and restaurants make the most of our produce and they are earning a world-wide reputation for their creativity and skill.”

The opening event of the Tralee Food Festival will feature a Guinness, Jazz and Seafood Banquet with Spa Seafoods at the Imperial Hotel on Denny Street, Tralee at 6pm on Culture Night, Friday 18th, September.

The Tralee Food Festival Taste Trail will include 11 stops where delicious bites will be available for the public to sample from 10 am until late, while a number of cooking demonstrations will be held in the Square from 12 pm on Saturday 19th.

To celebrate the emergence of Craft Beers as the beverage of choice for many pub-goers, the Tralee Food Festival has created a Craft Beer Trail which will incorporate nine local hostelries in town.

An All-Ireland Final Sunday Brunch will be served at selected restaurants on 20th September, in anticipation of Kerry’s appearance at Croke Park later that afternoon.

Festival Menus are now available from selected restaurants for the duration of the Festival and they can be seen or downloaded from the Tralee Food Festival Facebook Page.

Kieran Ruttledge thanked everyone who has played a role in developing the first ever Tralee Food Festival, in particular: Rural Food Skillnet, Kerry County Council, The Artisan Food Market vendors, the weekly Tralee Farmers Market vendors, Transition Kerry, Garvey’s Supervalu, Noel Keane, Culinary Arts Department of the Institute of Technology Tralee, Dingle Cookery School, Kingdom Party Pals, and the members of Tralee Chamber Alliance.

Head over to the Tralee Food Festival Facebook Page for everything you need to know.