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Newbridge Busk and Food Festival

May 18, 2015

Newbridge Busk and Food Festival

Proudly sponsored by Dubai Duty Free

Newbridge Busk and Food Festival Proudly sponsored by Dubai Duty Free will kick off the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby in Newbridge on Saturday 20th June.  

“We are inviting buskers from all over to participate in the busking competition. Dubai Duty free have generously sponsored €1,500 for the winning busker/s and an opportunity to play to race-goers over the Derby weekend.  Whether you’re a solo singer, a blue-grass band or musical society, all are welcome to enter the competition. Come along and join in the fun, music, song and vote for your favourite busker on the day.” Said Fiona McLoughlin Healy, chair of the Busk and Food Festival committee.

George’s Street, Newbridge, will be the centre of the food element of the festival. There will be opportunities to sample fresh, tasty food from local food producers and suppliers.

“We are excited to have the food market on Georges’ Street for the festival. There are a limited number of spaces so it will be first come first served for those who get in contact through our Facebook page or by email,” said Tracey Maher, member of the Busk and Food festival committee.

The event was developed in order to boost trade for business in the town while celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.  Working closely with Dubai Duty Free and the Curragh Racecourse, the Busk and Food festival will kick off a week of special events and entertainment to celebrate this significant milestone.

Dubai Duty Free representative, Aileen O’Brien of O’Brien PR said, “It’s wonderful that the local community, musicians, traders and producers are all coming together to celebrate the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. This year is a very significant year in the history of the derby and Dubai Duty Free are very pleased to be the title sponsor and to have such great support from local people. It’s certainly set to be the best festival yet!”

Trisha Byrne, Hospitality Manager at the Curragh Racecourse and Busk and Food Festival committee member, said,  “if you wish to include a music or special event which you are holding for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival, please email details to the address below. Space is limited so first come, first served! The Curragh Racecourse will be circulating a leaflet to each household in Newbridge and the surrounding areas. Closing date for inclusion in the Dubai Duty Free Derby Festival leaflet is 25th May”.

For more information please e-mail or follow us on FACEBOOK (Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Busk and Food Festival – Newbridge) or call (045) 430046.

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