And the participants will literally go on a seafood journey - this year's Burren Slow Food Festival will start with a short ferry trip over to the smallest of the Aran Islands, Inis Oírr, where a seafood buffet will wait for them.
Why is this festival on the west coast of Ireland so attractive for visitors, speakers, chefs and food producers alike? Especially the two latter would tell you that making connections with others in the food world is one important side to it. These connections often last a lifetime and as we all know, connections are everything!
While networking is one aspect of the festival, there are several others, like soaking up knowledge through talks and cookery demos; getting to know small producers and their products, and being able to ask them all kinds of questions right there and then; and tasting wonderful samples of what the sea and the Irish soil have to offer.
This year’s festival motto is “Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey” which is reflected in the cookery demos given by chefs Niall Sabongi (The Klaw Café) and Trevis Gleason (of the cook book “Dingle Dinners”). Whiskey is another focus, and Gleason will hold a workshop on this subject for anybody interested in uisce beatha.
The organisers of the festival were inspired to take up the seafood theme by the Seafood Trail along the west coast of Ireland which was launched last year by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM).
One interesting talk with the title “Human Diet and Technological Innovation: learning to eat like humans again” will be given by American archaeologist and director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab Dr. Bill Schindler who featured in the History Channel series called “The Great Human Race”.
Whilst the festival is taking place in the Pavilion in Lisdoonvarna, it will kick off on the Friday night with a trip to the smallest of the Aran Island where a seafood dinner will be waiting for the participants.
During the talks and cookery demos over the weekend, there will also be an Artisan Food Producers’ and Farmers’ Market on where produce and products from County Clare and further afield, and even from Italy, are featured.
A pop-up café run by Stonecutters Kitchen, the well-known restaurant close to the Cliffs of Moher, will ensure that the visitors can rest and refresh, and kids’ activities will give parents a bit of a respite as well as time to take it all in.
And of course, the Burren Slow Food Festival would not be complete without the traditional Burren Slow Food Banquet which will take place on Saturday night in the Burren Storehouse.
More info, a programme and info on how to get tickets, please visit the Slow Food Clare website.
Burren Slow Food Festival, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
taking place from 11 to 13 May 2018