Feeding the 5000 in Magheralin and Dollingstown

Some of those set to take part in the Big Festival for You in Magheralin and Dollingstown.
Some of those set to take part in the Big Festival for You in Magheralin and Dollingstown.

It may seem like a bold claim but Magheralin Parish is planning to feed the 5,000 at their Big Festival for You from October 21-25 in the villages of Magheralin and Dollingstown.

A variety of professional musicians will perform during the Festival, enough food will be served to feed at least 5,000 and stories and good news will abound from the special guests, PJ and Elizabeth Booth who lead Open Arms Church in Newbridge, County Kildare.

Something for everyone is on offer in the Taste and See Festival Evenings from 7pm on Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd October. Doors open at 7pm for free food and music with a variety of dishes from the professional caterer and team. The evening celebration will continue at 8pm with a relaxed magazine style programme with professional musicians, real life stories and a keynote address from PJ Booth.

On Soul Food Saturday 24th October between 11am and 3pm, Magheralin will host a fantastic food and music festival! Magheralin Halls will be filled with quality food and crafts, entertainment from a Dixieland band, Silly Tilly the clown, face painting, popcorn and balloon modelling.

You can also enjoy tea and coffee and a chat, enter the ‘Bake-Off competition’ (go online for details), tour the historic church and see a traditional straw craft demonstration.

For those in year eight and up, a youth festival will run on the Saturday evening from 7.30pm in Dollingstown.

And the harvest will be celebrated in style at a series of services in both Magheralin and Dollingstown churches with good news and more stories from PJ Booth.

Check out www.magheralin.org for more details.