Last year’s Taste of Roscrea gave a welcome boost to the town with thousands of people sharing in the four day festival.
This year new hurdles had to be overcome as there was no grant aid available. We took courage in our hands and we are absolutely overwhelmed by the amazing response to our efforts.
It was wonderful to experience the surge of exhibitors displaying their wares from a needle to an anchor. Every taste was satisfied with the variety of fresh homemade food products along with hot food from the Gala restaurant. Of course, no festival would be successful at Christmas without a visit from Santa Clause. The great man himself delighted hundreds of children along with his elves, as the children moved from the vintage train rides to the play bus to action on the Ferrari.
There was everything from Christmas decorations, homemade cards, cribs, wreaths, jewellery, garden products, woodwork, arts and crafts, clothing and much more, with the beautiful carols singing in the background. The immense dedication, effort, and commitment and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by the exhibitors was most encouraging. Many people are trying to make a breakthrough in these tough economic times and they should be helped in every way possible.
The ‘Taste of Roscrea’ has a philosophy of rewarding entrepreneurial skills and we want to invite people to begin thinking even now of next year’s festival and preparing for it. We are determined to make ‘Taste of Roscrea’ a centrepiece for the midlands, striking new ground every succeeding year and attracting an even bigger variety of stalls, catering for a wider spectrum of men, women and children.
We would like to acknowledge the support received from the O.P.W., Tesco, and all local businesses. Special thanks to our exceptional volunteers and fellow committee members, Paul Forgarty, Michelle Lawless and Threasa Lawless, without whom it would not have been possible to run such a successful event.