EXCITEMENT is already building in West Limerick ahead of next month’s Knights of WestFest in Newcastle West, a festival which in just three years has already become one of the most popular of its kind in Munster.
This year’s festival will run across five days from September 11-15, and will once again blend live music, a spectacular food fair and family entertainment in an event that organisers hope will attract up to 10,000 people to the county capital.
The centrepiece of this year’s event will be a specially-erected stage in the town square, set against the stunning backdrop of the medieval Desmond castle and banquet hall.
The headline music act this year will be Boyce Avenue, a popular American band who have developed an international fan base following tours across North America, Europe and Australia.
The 2013 Knights of WestFest is set to be officially launched this Thursday, August 1 at a public event in a marquee in the centre of Newcastle West.
Ida Dunworth, a member of the festival’s voluntary organising committee, said that topping the success of last year’s event will not be easy: “It’s going to be tough to top last year, but we’ve been working very hard on it over the last few months. We’re very excited about it”.
Sharon Shannon, Mary Coughlan and Frances Black will also be among the musicians who will perform at this year’s festival, which will also see the return of the popular Knight of Desmond contest.
Also included in this year’s programme is the two-day ‘Taste of WestFest’ food fair, which debuted last year and attracted huge crowds with its delicious combination of pop-up restaurants, artisan food stalls and live cooking demonstrations.
This year will see over 60 producers from across Ireland exhibiting their food and drink to the local public. The nostalgic era of Newcastle West’s old Olympic ballroom will also be remembered with a reunion dance at the Courtenay Lodge Hotel on September 6.
Wristbands that will provide entry to all this year’s WestFest events are currently on sale throughout Newcastle West.