Something for the week ahead

Wedding fairs, foodie fun, Rockathon 2015 and International Explorers Film Festival and Awards. There’s plenty to look forward to for the week ahead.

1. WEDDING PLANNERS

If you are looking for something a little bit different for your wedding, then head for Innishannon House Hotel and Gardens tomorrow for its Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair from 12pm to 6pm. It will feature a hub of original, local and bespoke vendors. 

The event will include live music, a ‘Very Vintage Tea Party,’ vintage bridal models from 2pm, and there will even be a so-called ‘man creche’ to entertain weary grooms. There is a free goodie bag for the first 200 people.

Tickets are €4 each, which includes one cup of complimentary tea or coffee. 

They are available on Event Brite at the following link: http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-spectacular-vintage-wedding-fair-tickets-18035007192?aff=erelexporg# 

2. FOODIE FUN

Something for the week ahead

The country’s largest food festival is already underway, A Taste of West Cork, with everything from tours, talks, hiking and foraging events for foodies to enjoy. 

Sherkin Island is hosting a seafood celebration this evening with The Jolly Roger’s head chef Jean Paul preparing a menu straight from the sea, while the Chocolate Cafe in Skibbereen will deliver the ultimate event for chocolate lovers with a range of Fairtrade cake and sweet delights. 

These are only a sample of 140 events taking place as part of The 12th A Taste of West Cork Food Festival which runs across 32 towns and villages and eight islands until September 13 in 80 venues from Bandon to Beara.

www.atasteofwestcork.com 

3. FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK

Fairyhouse Co Meath is set to host eight hours of non-stop rock a the Rockathon 2015 when tribute bands take to the stage. 

Whole lota Voltage cover AC/DC, Guns 2 Roses, Dizzy Lizzy and The Stones are among the bands hoping to help you unleash your inner rock God tonight and DJ Helmut will take the helm at what is described as the biggest rock club, Club Hell. 

Tickets from €34.50 from Ticketmaster.

www.rockathon.ie 

4. FILM FESTIVAL

The second annual International Explorers Film Festival and Awards runs this weekend in Charleville Castle in Tullamore. From 11am, there will be continuous screenings of the finalists’ films with a chance to meet some of the directors.

This evening the Republic of Astronomy will host a Star Party at 8pm until late with plenty of telescopes and information about the stars and refreshments. Tickets cost €5 and include either a hamburger or hot dog. 

A panel discussion among some of the directors whose films tracked fur traders, documented creators of fire and shipwreaks with a Q&A session takes place tomorrow along with an explorers’ BBQ in the afternoon.

www.castlefriends.com 

5. TIME TO TALK

Something for the week ahead

This Thursday is World Suicide Prevention Day and to mark it Suicide or Survive (SOS) is encouraging people to host or support a ‘High Tea and Talk’ event to get people talking about their mental health for the month of September. 

To get involved contact Jacqui at SOS on jacqui@suicideorsurvive.ie  or 1890 577 577 and the charity will send you an information pack, full of ideas and tips on how to organise your event. Text SOS4 to 50300 to donate €4. 

All funds raised will go directly towards the charity’s educational and innovative programmes which are delivered throughout the country.

6. BRINGING HOME THE HARVEST

Something for the week ahead

The annual harvest festival returns to Waterford city from Friday to celebrate local food producers and pioneers. Now in its 7th year, the three day festival has built a reputation as a valuable showcase for local and regional food producers. 

Events include a Viking Rocks craft beerfest, a festival market and a country fair, a picnic and play in the park event on Saturday, a junior food making fun event on Saturday and Sunday as well as music, art and crafts and of course, lots of fresh food.

The full programme of events is available on www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie  or on Facebook and Twitter #WaterfoodHeroes and #WhattheFork


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