Laois Boys’ School Hosts Community Food Festival

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An unusual one-day public food festival will take place at a Laois Boys Primary School in June.

The Scoil Phadraig Naofa Boys NS, on Davitt Road in Mountmellick, will hold their unique festival on Friday evening June 10.

It will be a joyous and eventful community evening, with the children providing musical entertainment, outdoor games made by local group Mens Shed and woolly decorations made by Mountmellick Yarn Bombers.

The center of the festival will be tasty food, with each class in the school of 300 students featuring a Laois food producer who will demonstrate and sell their produce.

It’s the culmination of the boys‘ two-year cooking learning curve, having chosen to learn to cook for a Creative Schools project.

Coordinator and teacher Grainne McEvoy told the Leinster Express about it.

“Last October, the boys at our school voted to engage in food and cooking as a focus for creative schools and wanted to hold a festival at the end of the year to highlight their creativity.

“We’ve been busy cooking in class and the boys have really engaged in the process. The school has created a dedicated website to share their efforts, called SPN Creative Schools.

“We used the expertise of Mary Harte from the Kater4Kidz online cooking platform which we used in the classroom and also rolled out the course to families to continue and develop the boys’ skills at home.

“We are currently reaching out to local producers and food vendors to attend. Each class has written to local Laois producers and each class is hoping that a producer will come visit their class,” the teacher said. .

Local businesses they have contacted that are getting involved include Garryhinch Mushrooms, Flavor Safari, G’s Jams and JJ Phillip’s Bakery.

“The wonderful ladies of the Mountmellick Yarn Bombing group are currently busy working with our 3rd class boys to create decorations for the festival. We are also hoping to use the expertise of Mountmellicks Mens Shed to create outdoor garden games “, explained Grainne.

The Scoil Phadraig Naofa Food Festival runs from 5-9pm, Friday evening June 10.

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