Festival Review: Enjoyable and well-organized event

An enjoyable Dublin Bay Prawn festival kicked off the seafood season this weekend with impressive numbers turning out for the 3 day event in Howth. A cool but thankfully rain-free Friday made way for some decent sunshine on Saturday and especially Sunday allowing the big number of visitors to really enjoy the outdoor festival and see Howth at its best.

With stalls representing all the big seafood restaurants and establishements in Howth, along with live music, beer and engaging cookery demonstrations, this was a great way to spend a weekend. With everything going smoothly from start to finish, this was a particularly well-organized event.

Check out the photos of the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival below.

howth prawn festival entrance

The crowds starting to build early on Friday. Very handy having the dart access so close to the venue.

stage and tents

The main stage and the bar opening up. There was a nice mix of live acts throughout the weekend.

food stalls

The food stalls ready for the hungry masses. Queues got quite long at some stalls but most were quickly served. The Abbey Taverns Chowder and Brown bread proved a big hit.

prawn punts

All stalls accepted ‘Prawn Punts’.  Made life for the stall holders a lot easier.

octopussy seafood stall

The friendly Octopussy’s Seafood tapas stall had delicious Paella.

oyster stall

Lots of people trying Oysters at the East Cafe stall.

close up of oysters

3 Oysters for a Prawn Punt (€7). Decent price!

marquee and tables

Under the central tent, people happily tucked in.

trying out the oysters

Oysters with a squeeze of lemon or a drop of tabasco, both were really good.

 seafood in the Paella

Good mix of seafood in the Paella. It had Calamari, Mussel, White fish and Prawn.

view of baily lighthouse from howth cliff path

The good weather encouraged lots of exploration of Howth by festival goers.  Shane’s Howth Hikes was taking groups on mini safaris with Falcons and Dolphins being spotted on their walks.

prawn fest sign

You’ve gotta hand it to the organizers, this was a well run event with plenty to do and eat. There were lots of marshalls, people on litter patrol and plenty of people handing out festival guides. And the fireworks on Saturday were great too!



Enjoyed the Prawn festival and want more? Checkout the Seafood festival guide 2016

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Daniel Farrell
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