The up and coming Galway Food Festival is set to take place in Galway city over Easter weekend from the 2nd until the 6th April. Ideal for those planning on taking a trip to Ireland, the popular Galway Food festival is now in its 4th year. The five day long festival celebrates all things foodie and it aims to showcase Galway’s unique traditions, locally food produce and restaurants to local, national and international audiences.
Galway Food Festival’s lengthy festival programme was developed four years ago with mainly gourmet enthusiasts in mind as well as families and first time visitors taking a vacation in Ireland or for those planning a Galway stag do. Its comprehensive itinerary was developed to satisfy all taste buds. The festival is seeking to build on Galway’s growing reputation as the Food Capital of the Wild Atlantic Way due to the abundance of wild salmon, brown trout, lamb and fresh fruit and vegetables that can be found in the region.
An estimated 70,000 people attended the food festival in 2014 and the festival saw over 100 gourmet food producers from all over Ireland taking part in the event.
Irish celebrity chef, Derry Clarke owner of the popular L’Ecrivain Michelin star and top Dublin restaurant is set to open this year’s festival. Derry Clarke will also kickstart the live cooking demonstation during the festival where he will showcase exclusive and sumptuous seafood recipes.
Other events taking place for the duration of the Galway Food Festival are Wild Atlantic Way food tour which includes a visit to Aran Islands goat’s cheese farm. Also the Oyster Food Tour to Clarinbridge is set to be a popular tour as it includes a visit to Kelly’s Oyster Farm as well as the Galway Hooker Brewery.
Many foraging events are also set to take place including foraging along the Wild Atlantic Way which includes a seaside walk as well as a demonstration with Sally McKenna and visitors can also enjoy a dinner cruise on Lough Corrib with Cava Galway and The Corrib Princess.
The popular Woodquay Country Market is also set to return again for this year’s festival with an abundance of high quality food producers and farmers set to showcase their produce. Ideal for kids, the market is also set to host a Teddy Bears Picnic where kids can bring their favourite teddy bear and enjoy dining al fresco complete with live music to entertain the whole family.