SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival, is back this July and will be sailing into Galway Harbour for a weekend of nautical celebrations. Each day from 9am to 6pm visitors are invited to enjoy the packed programme of free, family-friendly events.
BIM and Bord Bia will host a Seafood Extravaganza in the Big Top marquee at the docks. Celebrity chefs Martin Shanahan and Rory O’Connell will be demonstrating their favourite recipes from the sea while Michael O’Meara from Oscar’s Bistro in Galway and the author of ‘Sea Gastronomy‘ (Best Seafood Cookbook in the World) will also be there to share his knowledge. Visitors will also get to taste the best of Irish seafood from some of Ireland’s best seafood producers.
In the harbour you will find ship tours on board the Marine Institute research vessels, film screenings, and ‘The Wild Atlantic – What Lies Beneath‘ – an interactive, family-friendly exhibition from the Marine Institute. There will also be a Festival Village with craft and food stalls lining the quays.
The world famous Galway Hookers will also be gathering in the harbour for a day of racing, culminating in the challenge for the historic Galway Plate.
SeaFest is a key part of Harnessing our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine plan for Ireland (HOOW) and will host the annual four-day Our Ocean Wealth Conference. There will also be a range of business, policy and research events, each seeking to explore and strengthen our maritime heritage, economy and identity.
Launching the packed programme for SeaFest, Mr. Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said “SeaFest is all about raising our awareness of the value and opportunities provided by the sea, giving locals and visitors alike fresh opportunities to engage in sea-themed events and activities. We’re making a splash with a programme of events which will include an array of seafaring family fun, on the water activities plus a seafood fair packed with great natural produce and cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs. Importantly, we’re proud to be playing our part in the wider ‘Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth’ initiative, providing opportunities for people of every age and interest to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of the ocean, building on how we can each act to protect our abundant maritime resources.”
For more information on Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine plan for Ireland you can visit www.ouroceanwealth.ie.