Skip to content

Press Information

Press Release

Cong Food Village Festival is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. This year’s festival will showcase the best produce and creative crafts that the west has to offer, all thanks to our sponsors and biggest supporters Ashford Castle Estate, and our charity partner Daisy Lodge in Cong.

Saturday and Sunday will host a Farmer & Craft Market with award-winning producers such as Velvet Cloud Cheese, Sliabh Aughty Honey, Joyce Country Bakers, Loch Measc Distillery, Happy Goat, Mrs Tee’s, Fiona Concannon Art, Wild Food Vinegar, Ballymakenny Farm, Ivy Chocolates, Glasri Farm, O’Hara’s of Foxford, Kylemore Cheese, Connacht Whiskey, and so much more.

Over both days food trucks will set the scene for fresh food heaven! Serving everything from Handsome Burgers, Weir Dough Pizzas, Pratai, Andar Farm, crepes, ice cream, vegetarian and vegan options and much more!

The Main Stage will host cooking demos throughout the day welcoming Sarah Butler at Home, Jeeny Maltese – TV Chef and Food Writer, Ready Steady Cook with Liam Finnegan – Executive Chef at Ashford Castle, Jonathan Keane, Executive Chef at The Lodge at Ashford, House of Plates Barry Ralph and his daughter Nora on Food, Hungry Hooker Cooking Demo – Jonny Murphy a retired professional rugby player that bakes, Paul Power Pat Cohan’s, Paula Pasty Ashford Castle, Mike Crowe Ryan’s Hotel and many more.

And if that’s not enough, we will also be welcoming The Newport Shepherds Master Sheepdog Demonstration on both days offering a unique experience. Over both days we welcome the Mayo Wellie Throwing Competition along with Egg Roulette Championships, who will be the crowned winner?!

We have a host of children’s activities over the two days, Saturday we welcome Drumadore, Ireland’s most FUN drumming school, Cupcake Decorating, Fuinnseog Woodland Crafts, a collection of truly unique mesmerizing games, Alpacas from Morley’s Garden Centre, face painting with Nancy The Clown, and The World-Famous Duck Derby will take place on the Cong River on Sunday 9th July.

If you love history and nature, on Saturday we will have a tour of the Cong Abbey with Cong Walking Tours. On Sunday we have Cong Heritage & Nature Walk, Join Vincent Campbell and discover the beautiful surroundings of Cong. Discover the old canal, risings of the waters, old turbine/cong jail, salmon hatchery, McNamara’s house, the curlew project, the monks fishing house and so much more. You could also venture on a two-hour island cruise with Corrib Cruises, departing from Lisloughrey Pier. This sailing stops over on the historic island of Inchagoill and includes a guided tour of the island. A unique experience to say the least!

For the adventurer in you, join Corrib Safari for a sightseeing trip on board our high-speed RIB departing Lisloughrey harbour and exploring a range of islands.

On Saturday and Sunday, join Danagher’s Hotel for a Trad Supper, an afternoon of Irish Music and authentic Irish Food or venture to Lydon’s Lodge for ‘A Taste of The West’.

The team at Cong Food Village are overwhelmed by the support of our sponsors Ashford Castle Estate, who have been our main sponsors for five years running. Thank you also to our Gold Sponsors, McGraths Quarries Cong, who are celebrating 60 years in business. Thank you also to Costello McDermott, Burkes Fruit and Veg, O’Malley’s Cross Distribution, Marys Fish & MJ Conroy

For More Information Contact or 086 7722116