Last year, the pandemic and ensuing restrictions came as a surprise for us, so we were not able to organise an alternative festival. This year, we will be having a virtual celebration of all that is local foods, chefs and even music! The festival is organised in conjunction with the Burren Ecotourism Network.
Put the dates into your calendar: April 29th to May 5th 2021.
So how will this work?
Every night, the Burren Ecotourism Network will host an event live on their Facebook page showing a chef and a food producer (or a distiller and a brewer in one case!) who talk about the foods used in a prepared dish. Each session is hosted by a member of the Burren Ecotourism Network in their own venue throughout the Burren, like the Doolin Inn in Doolin, or Gregans Castle Hotel in Ballyvaughan.
The line-up comprises of St. Tola's Goats Cheese & The Wild Catering Company, Burren Premium Beef & Anthony’s, Doolin Inn, the Burren Distillery & the Roadside Tavern, Flaggy Shore Oysters & Fiddle & Bow Hotel, Caherconnell Dairy Farm & Burren Gold Cheese at the Aillwee Cave, the Burren Smokehouse & Gregans Castle Hotel and Glas Restaurant, Doolin & Michael O'Connell, a lobster fisherman.
The audience will be seeing footage from the beautiful Burren landscape and Corcomroe Abbey which is officially called "Corcomroe Abbey, Santa Maria de Petra Fertilis" - the Fertile Rock. This is the very apt "nickname" for the Burren because it looks like one big rock without much to offer. But on closer inspection, it is lush and full of flowers and wildlife, and it provides us with a very rich variety of foods.
Where? We will stream the different session on the burren.ie Facebook page (Facebook lives).
When? April 29th to May 5th 2021 at 7pm