Help Lanesboro build on festival success

Help Lanesboro build on festival success

An invitation has been extended to members of the public to attend a special public meeting this evening, Thursday, October 27 in Lanesboro.

The Lough Ree Angling Hub wish to extend sincere thanks to each and every person who helped in any way to make the recent Taste of the Lakelands food festival and World Fishing Championship events such an outstanding success.

The attendance at the festival between the opening parade on Thursday, October 6 and the closing ceremony on Sunday, October 9 was extraordinary. An estimated 6,000 people visited the Lanesboro/Ballyleague area on the Saturday alone for the food show and anglers from 17 countries were simply blown away by the hospitality and the facilities on offer. 

The success of the festival is down to the combined efforts of over 60 people who worked in a voluntary capacity with a small local committee and the agencies to help ensure everything ran smoothly. 

The success of the festival presents a new and very significant challenge to the people of Lanesboro and Ballyleague and the wider Longford-Roscommon-Lough Ree area.

It has been proven beyond any doubt that we can stage a world championship fishing competition of the highest calibre and the feedback after the food festival is proof that the producers and the other agencies have the highest confidence in our ability to organise the finest showcase for good food seen anywhere in this part of the country.

The future now presents both the opportunity to replicate these successes and the challenge to go even further by welcoming even more national and international visitors to our county at bigger and even better events in the coming year.

The Angling hub and food festival committees cannot do this on our own and in the coming weeks they will carry out a series of de-briefing events and meetings with traders, food producers, agencies and funders to discuss where improvements can be made if there are future events.

The organisers welcome all input at this stage and would like to invite interested parties to a meeting in St Mary's Hall in Lanesboro this evening, Thursday at 8.30pm to discuss proposals of future tourism events of this nature for this region.

If you have any queries or suggestions please email: tasteofthelakelands@gmail.com or speak to Alan Farrell at 086 8697952.