The Burren Food Fayre returns in October with new format

Burren Food Fayre 2021 Burren SmokehouseFood lovers from all over Ireland are in for a treat this autumn, as the Burren Food Fayre is returning for a series of unique food and farm visitor experiences this October bank holiday weekend.

This year marks its 10th year in operation and a return to in person events, after last year’s event had to be staged virtually.

It takes place between October 22nd and October 25th and tickets will be available on Eventbrite.

The Burren Food Fayre coincides with the Burren Winterage Festival which celebrates the ancient custom of out-wintering cattle on the upland areas of the Burren, and is organised by Burrenbeo Trust.

Small groups of visitors will be able to pre-book different itineraries, which will take them on a food trail across the length and breadth of the Burren. These will include visits to food producers such as Burren Gold at the Aillwee Caves, St Tola Goat Cheese, Smoked Salmon at the Burren Smokehouse, Flaggy Shore Oysters and many others to learn about their unique food stories.

There will also be an opportunity to take part in a diverse range of farm tours, which will highlight the unique farming practices of the Burren region.

Recently the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark joined the UNESCO ‘Geofood’ brand which promotes sustainable agriculture and conservation and supports farmers and communities in the area.

“These events organised in conjunction with the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark result in bringing more tourists to the area in previous years as visitors tend to make a weekend of it,” said Birgitta Hedin-Curtin, chairperson of the Burren Food Trail.

The Burren region is widely known as the ‘Fertile Rock’ and includes a wide variety of food producers including fish smokers, beef, dairy, sheep and oyster farmers, as well as distillers, foragers, herbalists, cheese makers, bakers and chefs. This group have been working together for many years and have made the Burren an award winning food destination, with the Burren Food Trail winning the Burren Food Town award in 2015.

The full programme of events will be finalised over the next few weeks and will be available to purchase online on Eventbrite