Two delicious Irish products which have come on leaps and bounds and captivated the nation in recent years are undoubtedly cheese and gin, making the two delicacies a natural choice for the theme of this year’s Burren Slow Food Festival. The festival takes place this weekend in Lisdoonvarna, from Friday May 12th to Sunday May 14th, with food and drink based events dotted throughout the rugged region.
Kicking off on Friday with a Seafood Picnic on a ferry boat under the Cliffs of Moher, the festival promises to be an unforgettable way to experience the best the Burren has to offer.
Chairperson Birgitta Hedin-Curtin explains “This year our theme is Irish gin and cheese and we will be showcasing the best of Irish gin; a market which has grown enormously in the past couple of years. There will be a wide range of gins to try, including Blackwater Gin, Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin, Dingle Gin and Shortcross Gin. We are also fortunate to have Dublin’s leading mixologist Oisín Davies, who will be making unique cocktails with wild and foraged ingredients,” says Birgitta.
On the cheese side of things, Ireland’s raw milk cheese Presidium will be at the event, hosting workshops and tastings of raw milk cheese, many of which are not widely available nationwide. The Presidium, which is made up of 11 artisan dairies work with their own distinctive style and techniques and share a common commitment to producing a safe, high-quality product using raw milk from their own cows or goats or milk from nearby herds.
Siobhan Ní Ghairbhith from St Tola Goat cheese, who will be giving a demonstration at the event said: “It is an opportunity for members of the Presidium to meet the public and educate them on the importance of raw milk and cheese. There is a growing demand for naturally produced food and people want to meet the producers and see where their food comes from.”
So if you love cheese and gin (who doesn’t?!) you best get planning a road trip to Clare this weekend for what promises to be a fantastic celebration of Irish food and drink.
For more information visit www.slowfoodclare.com or Facebook (slowfoodclare) for more on the Burren Slow Food Festival 2017.