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Connemara Mussel Festival

Originally established to promote the excellence of the mussels of Killary Harbour, this festival has grown to become a celebration of local people, food, culture and heritage, and is recognised as the premier food event for Connemara, attracting visitors from near and far.

It runs from Friday May 2nd to Sunday ay 4th

Some of the activities including in this year’s program are:

AMATEUR CHEF COMPETITION (Saturday at 4 pm)

The  mussel cooking competition takes place in the Festival Marquee. The First prize is a Weekend for 2 in the Carlton Blanchardstown Hotel.

GMIT STUDENT CHEF COMPETITION (Saturday at 3 pm)
Student chefs from GMIT’s Culinary School will showcase their skills and compete using a mystery box of locally inspired ingredients. Be warned there could be ANYTHING in those boxes and audience participation will most certainly be required!

WINE AND BEER TASTING EVENT (Saturday at 9 pm)
Join us for a tasting event with a selection of craft beers, specialty wines and artisan cheeses. Accompanied by live music with Richard and Fionnuala. Entry €10. Tickets at door or available from Festival Office.

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ARTISAN FESTIVAL MARKET (Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am – 4pm)
Explore the finest food and craft produce from around Ireland at the Festival Market, including Made in Galway range. The market is open to all, free to attend and well worth a visit. Venue: Marian Hall in Tullycross.

ECOLOGICAL SEASHORE WALK (Sunday 3 pm)
Marie Louise Heffernan, consultant at Aster Environmental, leads an ecological seashore walk on the Renvyle Peninsula.
Meet at the White Strand, Renvyle. Bring good walking shoes and rain gear. €5 Limited numbers, tickets from Festival Office.

 

Check the program with the rest of the activities here

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Paleo diet in the Food Festival

Paleo diet in the Food Festival

If you want to experiment the paleo diet, this Saturday, April 19th, the perfect place is 37 West.

The paleolithic diet is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans. It is based on several controversial premises, the most important of which are: first, that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, which marked the end of the Paleolithic era, around 15,000 years ago; second, that modern humans are adapted to the diet or diets of the Paleolithic period; and, third, that it is possible for modern science to discern what such diets consisted of.

The Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

This event is part of the Galway Food Festival

The year of the Horse is here

The year of the Horse is here

It’s the Lunar New Year and the Chinese Year of the Horse. The horse is part of a 12 year cycle of animals that make up the Chinese zodiac. These interact with the five elements: wood, metal, fire, water, earth. 2014 is the year of the wood horse, taking over from the year of the water snake. You can read more about the Year of the Horse here

Celebrate the New Year with a nice dinner in two of the Chinese food Restaurants in Galway.

MING GARDEN in Eglinton St. (every day from 12 30 to 11 pm)

Ming Garden has been owned by the So family for almost 30 years. First opened in 1983 by Sharon So, Ming Garden has become a firm fixture in the Galway restaurant scene. They offer an Early Bird menu and take away.header

CHI Pan Asian Take Away (former Da Tang Noodle House) Close on Mondays, open Tuesday to Sunday at 5 pm.
CHI take-away brings Galway healthy convenience food choices using locally sourced fresh ingredients. The menu is a culinary experience, offering main courses from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, China and Vietnam.
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Happy New Year!

Le petit tour de France @ Tom Sheridan’s

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On Thursday the 30th of January, the restaurant Tom Sheridan’s (in Knocknacarra) is celebrating a French Food day, and offering the possibility to join them for free by liking their post on Facebook

This culinary tour of France starts at 7.30pm and it includes a 4 course French style menu paired with hand picked fines wines that compliment each course beautifully.

You can book a table from their website

Vive la France!!!

A tasty plan for Friday

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Our friends in The Townhouse Bar bring back this venue full of food, music and nice cocktails as the Negroni &Spritz in the picture.

All cooked by 4 enthusiastic Italian-Spanish friends that want to show Galway this affection to all the ingredients and bring a taste of Aperitivo culture to town!
What does Aperitivo mean? “The trend in Italy is to go out with friends in the evening, and for only a few euro get a cocktail and some tasty food

You can taste different flavored hummus with home made bread, courgette pizza and a drunk risotto

The night offers also live music played by new bands, mainly based in Galway, and art/photographic exhibitions by local artists.

The buffet will run from 8.15 until 10.30 p.m., offering also vegetarian options. And during all night you can enjoy beloved Italian cocktails as Negroni and Spritz for only 5€

Admission is 8 € at the door on the night (buffet included). you can book your ticket here

If you book online, the first cocktail is 3€

Three Options for Brunch

 Ard Bia Nimmos.

Offers Brunch all day Saturday and Sunday

With options from 5 euros, this small and great place by the Spanish Arch offers on the weekends good options like Home cured sea trout and wilted spinach with poached market eggs and herby hollandaise on potato cake.

Or the Hippy fry with poached eggs, roast mushroom, spinach, roast tomatoes, potato cake, spiced tomato relish and toast.

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House Hotel (Lower Merchants Road)

All options are 7 euros, and, maybe more basic than the ones in Ard Bia, but still super tasty. Especially the Light and Fluffy homemade pancakes with blueberry maple butter and toasted pecans.

Outside the brunch menu, but ready for lunch time there are two sweet interesting options:

Rhubarb and Honey Parfait with Ginger Anglaise and Mojito Cheesecake  with Mango Coulis
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Artisan Restaurant (Best restaurant in Galway & Connacht in 2012) Offers weekend brunch until 3 pm. Among others you can get:

Eggs Benedict, Streaky Bacon on a Toasted Muffin, topped with Poached Egg, and Hollandaise Sauce for 8 euros

Or the Irish fry with a twist. They call it Artisan Breakfast: Poached Egg, Bacon, Black & White Pudding, Tomato, Stout and Leek Sausage, Sauteed Mushrooms

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BAKE FEST

BAKE FEST

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October 2013, in Leisureland (Salthill)

A must visit show for all baking enthusiasts brought to you by Goodness Cakes in association with ACT for Meningitis, combining all the latest ideas, supplies, live demonstrations, competitions for professionals & novice bakers, finalist of school & corporate bake off competition.

• The Baker’s Kitchen – This demonstration theatre is one of the event’s premier
attractions, showcasing the talents of leading baking experts from the baking industry

• The Competition Place – A stunning display of creativity from competitors across the
country

• Little Chef – A dedicated kids zone offers great family fun with entertaining
demos, competitions and workshops

• The Sugarcraft Academy – A dedicated demonstration theatre hosted by
leading sugarcraft experts