The Burren Slow Food Festival

158Donald-Skehan-2000x3000-150x150The Slow Food committee is busy organising the next Burren Slow Food Festival which attracts people from far and wide. The festival takes place from Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May 2012 in the Pavilion in Lisdoonvarna.

This year, these are the highlights:

A tasting in the Roadside Tavern where the Burren Brewery beers (Red Ale, Black Stout and Gold Lager) are waiting to be discovered. Traditional music session afterwards.

Cookery demos by Aidan McGrath from the Wild Honey Inn, Donal Skehan, Inchiquinn House Cookery School, and others.

Seaweed foraging will take place in Spanish Point. Ger Talty from Spanish Point Sea Veg will talk about and show the different kinds of seaweed that grow on the shore while the tide is out.

A walk & delicious tea on the farm of "Father Ted's" house in the heart of the Burren. (For those of you who are not living in Ireland: "Father Ted" is a well loved programme from the 1990 about three priests fallen from grace who were banned onto fictitious Craggy Island. It was filmed in North Clare and on this farm and house.)

In the creche nearby, there will be cooking for kids where cupcakes, brown bread and one other item will be prepared.

Very interesting talks under the header of Sustainable Food – Sustainable Tourism. Speakers will be Frank Fleming (Responsible Irish Fishing), John Hackett from BIM (Board Iascaigh Mhara, the Irish Sea Fisheries Board), Stefan Bergleiter (CEO of Naturland, association of organic certification in Germany), Michael & Patricia Murphy who are fishing wild salmon in the River Nore, and Mary Mulvey from Ecotourism Ireland. The talks will be chaired by Catherine Cleary (Irish Times journalist and food writer).

As always, there will be a farmers market where people can stock up on locally produced delicacies, and a festive dinner at the Chervil Restaurant in Hotel Doolin.

See more details and the programme on the Clare Slow Food Festival website. For more information and bookings please contact us at the Burren Smokehouse ( or ph. 065 7074432).