Dalkey Lobster and Jazz Festival 2012
Ireland’s most famous literary town is coming out of its shell for a celebration of its maritime and musical heritage.
Dalkey, home to some of Ireland’s best-known authors, musicians and media celebrities – hosts its inaugural ‘Lobster, Crab and all that Jazz Festival’ from August 24 to 26. A huge programme of fun events has been lined up for all the family to enjoy, including a Celebrity Masterchef competition and cookery displays by the town’s chefs.
Outside of the kitchen, a ‘Who’s Who’ of world-famous musicians will be serving up a feast of jazz around the picturesque heritage town. The Late Late Show’s Camembert Quartet, The Guinness Jazz Band, Drazan Derek of The Cafe Orchestra, saxophonist Richie Buckley, The Discovery Gospel Choir, Paddy Sherlock, guitarist Louis Stewart, Sean Hession and many more will be on hand to shake off the Irish Summertime Blues.
Dalkey was Dublin’s main port for centuries and the festival will celebrate its sea-going past with maritime-themed events such as the annual ‘blessing of the boats’; walking history tours along the coast; a shellfish barbecue in the town’s Tramyard; and lots more!
While all that activity is going on, the town’s restaurants, cafes and pubs will be plating up a mouth-watering selection of lobster, crab and fish dishes.
Fancy yourself as a chef? ‘Celebrity Bainisteoir’, Gerard Kean, is hosting a Dalkey Masterchef competition where members of the public can have their culinary skills judged by a panel of food lovers including ‘The Restaurant’ star, Tom Doorley, restaurant critic Lucinda O’Sullivan and RTE’s Evelyn Cusack.
The first ever ‘Lobster, Crab and all that Jazz Festival’ is being organised by Dalkey’s business community.
“People associate Dalkey with rock stars and TV personalities. What they don’t realise is that it’s a working fishing town with roots that stretch back through the Middle Ages. Dalkey was actually the primary seaport of Dublin up until the 1600s. We have some of the best seafood in Ireland literally on our doorstep. We also have some of the greatest jazz artists in the world living here. There will be fantastic music and food on offer during the festival, and plenty to keep the kids occupied too’’ said festival spokesman, Padraic Hanly.
So come along, join the fun and the warm welcome that Dalkey has to offer over the weekend of August 24/26.”