The Burren Food Trail was honoured as the Irish winner of the 2015 EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) Award for developing a tourism offering based on their local gastronomy that balances sustaining the local environment with the promotion of viable tourism. The EDEN award was officially presented on 22 July 2015 by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael
Ring TD, at a ceremony in Hotel Doolin, Doolin, Co. Clare.
Speaking at the ceremony on the day, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD said: “Only in its third year the Burren Food Trail is still relatively new but they impressed the judges with the importance they placed on making the Burren region synonymous with great food and great food experiences for visitors and the local community."
“I am sure that this new accolade will go a long way to attracting even more visitors to the Trail, the region, and indeed to the Wild Atlantic Way.”
The Burren Food Trail now holds the European accolade of “Destination of Excellence 2015 – Tourism and Local Gastronomy”. This title can never be taken away from The Burren Food Trail again, as it is a lifelong claim. Never again will there be a category like this one.
This prestigious EU-wide EDEN competition, which is themed differently every two years, is designed to encourage and promote a more sustainable form of tourism development and The Burren Food Trail was one of four Irish destinations shortlisted under this year’s Tourism and Local Gastronomy theme. The three runner-up destinations were Cong Food Village, Mayo;
the ‘Wild Atlantic Way Só Sligo Food Trail’; and the West Waterford region.
As victors, The Burren Food Trail will also represent Ireland at a showcase exhibition of the EDEN winners from all participating European countries in Brussels later this year.
Accepting the award, Tina O’Dwyer, co-ordinator of the Burren Food Trail said –
"What really distinguishes this destination, however, is the relationship between the Burren Food Trail and the wider tourism offering in the Geopark region. Through the Burren Ecotourism Network, food is integrated with outdoor activity and adventure, visitor centres and accommodation. It's a truly integrated local gastronomy experience."
EDEN is the acronym for European Destinations of ExcellENce, a project promoting sustainable tourism development models across the European Union, and managed nationwide by Fáilte Ireland. The project is based on national competitions that take place every two years and result in the selection of a tourist “destination of excellence” for each participating country, with twenty-nine countries participating in 2015.
Among others, eligible destinations are “small” or “emerging” or “off the beaten track” or “non-traditional” (with visitor numbers from low to very low in comparison with the national average).
The Burren Food Trail
Launched by the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark and the Burren Ecotourism Network as the Mid West's first food trail in 2013, the Burren Food Trail is supported by an innovative schedule of food events taking place every Monday from May to October.
The events showcase the regions cuisine and provide a unique food experience in the amazing landscape that is the Burren. Members of the Food Trail place an emphasis on the use of local ingredients and are committed to building a sustainable future for the region through food.