The Burren Slow Food Festival is taking place this May, with the theme “Taste The Atlantic – A Seafood Journey” taking centre stage.
The festival was launched this week in Dublin’s Klaw Seafood Café by chair Birgitta Hedin Curtin in collaboration with BIM and Failte Ireland Food Champion, Niall Sabongi.
Speaking about this year’s festival, Birgitta explained: “As chair of the 2018 Burren Slow Food Festival, it is always an exciting process to engage with partners across Ireland and beyond to curate an interesting and invigorating programme, which is aimed at attracting visitors to the beautiful Burren as well as piquing the interest of our local community. There is something for everyone from individuals to families and young and old and we look forward to welcoming you to Co Clare.”
Richard Donnelly from BIM commented: “BIM’s Taste the Atlantic seafood trail developed in partnership with Failte Ireland is designed to celebrate our many dedicated seafood producers on the Wild Atlantic Way and to educate people on how Irish seafood is caught and farmed.”
“As a Taste the Atlantic producer and ambassador, Birgitta Hedin Curtin of the Burren Smokehouse produces exceptional Irish organic salmon products and understands the importance of supporting Irish seafood.”
He added: “Clare is a region renowned for its shellfish farming with €79 million worth of oysters and mussels produced last year. This event is all about embracing and promoting Irish food and we are delighted to see seafood producers at the heart of the festival this year.”
In addition to the seafood supper, regular festival favourites will be returning, including food and craft markets and cookery demonstrations by renowned chefs.
Other highlights are an interactive talk with Kevin Thornton and a presentation by archaeologist Dr Bill Schindler, UCD visiting assistant professor.
The annual Burren Slow Food Banquet will take place in the Burren Storehouse in Lisdoonvarna and is one of the fastest selling events.
For more information about this year’s programme, which is taking place from Friday May 11th to Sunday May 13th, and to book tickets for the festival’s events, visit www.slowfoodclare.com.