This year it has been announced that The Galway Food Festival will be taking a hiatus until 2020. This will allow the festival to asses its impact on the food scene in Galway, and also to discuss the future expansion of the festival and funding.
The festival first launched in 2012 and instantly became one of the countries most popular events, with incredible figures of over 70,000 guests attending last years festival.
Chairperson of the Galway Food Festival and restaurateur, JP McMahon said, “Over the past seven years the Galway Food Festival has been crucial in establishing Galway as a food destination. Its legacy has been continued in various ways, such as through Food On The Edge which grew out of the Galway Food Festival and will be returning this year.”
Throughout the years The Galway Food Festival has not only promoted local Irish produce but allowed businesses in the community to showcase their products.
Eugene Greaney, Co-Owner of Galway’s beloved pizza parlour The Dough Bros said, “We first took part in the Galway Food Festival in 2014 when we had been trading for nine months, and it was a real landmark moment for us in our journey. We were set up in the Spanish Arch and for three days people queued for up to an hour for our pizza – you can’t imagine the confidence that gave us.”
Continuing on Eugene said, “At that point, we knew we had something that people wanted, and needed to take our business to a bigger audience which led to our pop-up shop. The rest, as they say, is history but the Galway Food Festival really was the springboard for this.”
The committee thanks all of its fundraisers, sponsors, participants, and supporters and is looking forward to returning to Galway in 2020, bigger and better than ever.
For more information, please visit galwayfoodfestival.com