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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Tourism Ireland's new Taste the Island campaign Celebrates Food & Drink

Armagh Food & Cider Festival 

Good news for food lovers!  Tourism Ireland has announced Taste the Island, a celebration of Ireland’s food and drink, taking place from September 6 to November, 30, 2019. 
The culinary celebrations begin with one of Ireland's leading food festivals, A Taste of West Cork, September 6-15.
Taste the Island is meant to highlight  the exceptional level of quality food and drink produced in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  It's a chance to witness innovative artisan producers and world-class chefs coming together in kitchens all over the country to create one of the most exciting food events in the world.

With more than 500 food and drink-related experiences to savour, there will never be a more exciting time to discover the thriving farm-to-table, sea-to-fork culinary scene in Ireland.
Among the many experiences to enjoy are a plethora of food trails and tours along the rugged coasts of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route.
Distillery and brewery tours will feature tastings, tours and hands-on workshops, while buzzing food festivals and farmers’ markets will offer hundreds of opportunities to meet the makers who are bringing together fresh, local ingredients to create an array of sensational flavours.
From wild food foraging experiences, learning how to smoke salmon or churn your own butter, to oyster shucking, Michelin starred fine dining and craft beer and whiskey trails, there will be memorable culinary experiences all around the country.
Some of the highlights to look forward to include a Harvest Moon Supper at Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. Here, guests will be able to dine beneath the protective beam of the lighthouse while enjoying the sunset and harvest moon rise over Hook Peninsula in County Wexford.
In County Donegal, a team of chefs will create a feast for all the senses. Their unique dining experience will let you tuck into Donegal roast goat at the foot of Mount Errigal, a picture-postcard mountain in Ireland’s northernmost county.
And with the rich harvest coming in, fantastic food festivals will light up the entire autumn with the likes of the Armagh Food & Cider Festival (19 – 22 September), the Galway International Seafood and Oyster Festival (27 – 29 September), the Derry Slow Food Festival (12 – 13 October) and Savour Kilkenny (24 – 28 October) on the calendar.
And don’t miss Taste the Island’s starter. With over 250 events taking place across 10 days, 50 towns and villages and eight islands, A Taste of West Cork (6 – 15 September) will be a gastronomic adventure through a mix of food markets, cooking demos, dinners, brunches and banquets, with guest chefs, tastings, talks, exhibitions, children's events and more.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Rockport Music Presents Della Mae, Female Bluegrass Band, on September 1

Rockport Music presents Della Mae, a Grammy-nominated, Nashville-based, all-female string band in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

Tickets to the show are $24-29 and can be purchased online.

Comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist Celia Woodsmith, 2-time national champion fiddle player Kimber Ludiker, mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner, and upright bassist Zoe Guigueno, the band has traveled to over 30 countries spreading peace and understanding through music.  

Located at 37 Main Street, Rockport, the Shalin Liu Performance Center is one of the finest acoustical concert venues in New England. 

Friday, August 23, 2019

Famed Composer/Conductor John Williams & Boston Pops Celebrate Film Night at Tanglewood

Famed composer and conductor John Williams joins the Boston Pops Orchestra at the annual John Williams’ Film Night returns on Saturday, August 24, with George and Roberta Berry.  

The event takes place at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. Tickets range from $23 to $130 and can be purchased online or at the venue. 

Williams, who is Boston Pops Conductor Laureate, hosts this special evening, with conductor David Newman & the Boston Pops performing a program celebrating the music of Hollywood and more. The Film Night has long been regarded as one of Tanglewood’s most anticipated and beloved evenings, 

Here is a schedule of performances at Tanglewood for the remainder of the season.

A Room with a Brew on Tap at Boston’s Bayside DoubleTree by Hilton

Craft beer lovers have a tasty reason to stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Bayside in the coming weeks. The popular hotel's package, A Room with a Brew, offers a trip to the nearby Dorchester Brewing Company for guests.  Once settled in, guests can jump on the complimentary shuttle service to and from the brewery, just over a mile away,  to enjoy lunch and a gift card worth a flight of four 5-ounce pours.  In addition, the package includes a welcome drink of Cream Ale and Double IPA upon arrival to your room.

Find more details and reservation information on the Room with a Brew package.  The offer is good through September 2019.

Opened in July 2016, Dorchester Brewing Company is a state-of-the art, 25,000 sq. ft facility that provides the region’s craft brewers with a place to sell, market and offer tastings of their beers in the popular tap room.  Dorchester Brewing also has a snack menu as well as pizza options and great local food trucks on weekends.

View from the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Bayside

The DoubleTree Hotel offers a convenient and affordable way to enjoy Boston at its best.  Just steps from Boston’s walking and biking trail, HarborWalk, the Bayside is also close to the JFKPresidential Library & Museum and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, two of the city’s most popular tourism destinations. 

The Bayside is also next to the MBTA Red Line subway (JFK Library Stop), which takes visitors directly to downtown Boston, Cambridge and Quincy, with easy connections to anywhere in greater Boston. Plus, complimentary shuttle transportation is available to Logan International Airport, local area restaurants, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, and the Flynn Cruiseport (Black Falcon) Terminal.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Boston Harbor Hotel's Summer in the City Winds Up Another Great Season

Summer in the City series hosted by Boston Harbor Hotel, is winding up another successful season of live music and movies at the end of August.  

Final concerts include bluesman Bruce Marshall on Thursday, August 22, followed by a screening of the movie hit Star Wars : The Force Awakens on Friday, August 23.  Then next week, don't miss soul pop performers Young Love & The Thrills on Tuesday, August 27, Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra on Wednesday, August 28, blues singer Sonya Rae Taylor on Thursday, August 29, and finally, a screening of Captain America - the First Avenger on Friday, August 30. 

The concerts and screenings, a seasonal favorite for two decades, take place at the Boston Harbor Hotel, located on Rowes Wharf along the Boston Waterfront. 

The Boston Harbor Hotel (BHH) is an exquisite hotel overlooking Boston Harbor. The active wharf is busy in the summer, with regular tours and cruises by Massachusetts Bay Lines and Odyssey Boston.  The food is amazing, thanks to acclaimed Chef Daniel Bruce. Patrons can dine al fresco on Rowes Wharf Sea Grille’s patio and Harborwalk Terrace, enjoying delicious food, seasonal cocktails, and unmatched views of Boston Harbor.

BHH is steps away from the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and right on the Boston Harborwalk, a continuous walkway leading to South Boston on one side, and the North End on the other.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Rockport Celtic Festival, August 23-25

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to August 24th concert of the Rockport Celtic Festival, which runs from August 23-25 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA.  

The 3-day festival is presented by Rockport Music in collaboration with artistic directors WGBH Celtic Sojourn radio host Brian O'Donovan and Edinburgh-born harpist/composer Maeve Gilchrist, and features top performers from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the United States. It's an event you won't want to miss.

The Rockport Celtic Festival is an outgrowth of Brian's popular WGBH program and live show, A Celtic Sojourn, which explores traditional and contemporary music from around the Celtic world. 

Here is a roster of performers: 

Maeve Gilchrist & Brian O’Donovan 
Mick McAuley (accordion, guitar, whistle)John Doyle (guitar, voice) & Oisin McAuley(fiddle)
The Seamus Egan Project with Moira Smiley

Palaver Strings (13 piece orchestra)
Dana Lyn 
(Maura Shawn Scanlin & Conor Hearne) 
Stuart Jackson
(uilleann pipes)

Find year round details on Irish music at