Posts Tagged ‘food’

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:


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

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!

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.


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.

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

More fast food: Boojum Galway

Has everybody already been to Boojum? So it seems.

After the opening a few weeks ago with Mexican music and dancers, everybody is talking about the new blue restaurant in The Spanish Parade.


But, after being twice there (I know, twice!), let me tell you, it is another way of fast food, only not Kentucky chicken style or New York hot dog style, but from the Texan tradition of the tex-mex recipes. It is very tasty, ingredients look fresh and yummy but if you were expecting (as I was) mexican food (meaning complex recipes from Mexico), you can be kind of dissapointed.

Only burritos, tacos, nachos or fajitas with several options for filling (and quite good guacamole) and a selection of beer at a GREAT price. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, I just expected something different.

Give it a try and keep in mind they close at 21 h. You can also take your food away.

Great slogan and logo, by the way.


Westport Festival


This festival is an annual 2 day family event in the estate of Westport House, in County Mayo. Beautiful castle and garden that include a Pirate Adventure Park. In its 400 acre estate there will be 2 stages (one of them is the Roisin Dubh Stage), on site camping, beer tents, wine bars,  and the food area, the “Best of the West”.

Headlining acts at the festival will include Elvis Costello and Imelda May with other confirmed acts including The Stunning, Alabama 3, Damien Dempsey, Ryan Sheridan, Delorentos and the cuban Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club. It’s quite a long list of bands for the two days, look:


‘Best in the West’ food village come to Westport Festival. An array of food producers will present the most exciting and vibrant foods the West has to offer; from Clew Bay Oysters and local Killary mussels, taken from the sea the day before to local Connemara Mountain Lamb infused with Garlic and Rosemary.

The Friendly Food Farm will return again this year combining cookery demonstrations, led by Irish chef Derry Clarke, with audience viewing, participation and interaction.

In the Comedy Tent, on Saturday, one of our favourites: Reginal D Hunter

Tickets for 1 day are 75 euros, or 130 for Saturday and Sunday.

For more information visit their website

Slow Food Festival…take your time to enjoy


Who doesn’t remember being a kid and not wanting to eat the food at the table or taking ages to swallow it down…? I’d say many of us. But, what is this festival about? Well it has something to do with taking your time to eat, although not only precisely eating, but knowing how to choose the best food throughout all the process. It’s about knowing local producers and farmers, buying in your local small shops and knowing how to make the most of it in your everyday diet to enjoy the best food…from the land to your table.


local food


Probably you’ve already heard about the Slow Food Movement, a global non-profit organization that promotes food that is sourced locally as well as local food traditions. If you want to find out more, visit Slow Food International.

This month the celebration about good food will be in the Burren Slow Food Festival, in County Clare. Farmers market, cooking competitions, salmon and  beer tasting (among others), classes, talks, music…It actually looks very good! Keep an eye on their website as their updating the events at the festival.



So, specially in times of pre-cooked food and take away meals…why don’t you take your time and enjoy really what you’re eating? Feeling good about (good) food is great…isn’t it?

Burren Slow Food Festival 2013, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare.

17th, 18th, & 19th of May.

Tickets: €5, children free



Art and Food at the Claddagh

Something to do on Sunday…that’s not always usual, but this week there’s no excuse to get up and shake out of your head the remaining of last night’s hangover.

How would the arts scene be without the mecenas that promote, give support and organise fairs around the world, specially in Ireland? There is so much Arts and Crafts scene that it’s almost impossible to write all about it in one go. Luckily there’s always good-hearted associations helping them out and spreding the word around. This time is STM Food and Craft, an organisation that runs fairs around Co. Galway.


Beautifully made jewellery, original cute candles, ashtonising wooden pieces, new and cool knitting designs, delicious cakes and bread…anything that is handmade you can think of have a space this Sunday at the Food & Craft Fair. It always gives a good vibration to see that handmade crafts are still alive and kicking now more than ever.

Entrance is free but I wouldn’t go in there with my wallet empty…there will be so much awesome stuff that I’d regret not to have a cent on me, and at the same time giving support to all these  talented artists.

Food and Craft fair

Sunday 28th April, from 9 am to 3 pm

St. Mary’s Hall, St. Mary’s Church, The Claddagh, Galway

VENICE, good food, bad music

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Of course, we are going to talk about the food at Venice, because it’s excellent, but first of all, PLEASE, can somebody give them a couple of CD’s? Please!

When you eat as slow as I do, any dinner takes longer than one hour, and that hour can be too long if the only music you to is Andrea Bochelli’s ballads and a terrible mix of arias  “The 3 Tenors style”. Music is not the reason to go to a restaurant, but it can be a reason not to go back; but let’s talk about the food.

Venice offers traditional italian recipes (ravioli, penne, tagliatelle etc. a raviatta, ai funghi, bolognese), a great risotto, my favourite, and a selection of pizzas (try number 46, pizza Venice).

It’s great to know that they have a kids menu with simple and tasty pasta and butter, spaguetti carbonara and even ice cream.

If you are visiting Galway this year you may have seen the Trip Advisor reviews of Venice, it is number 7, out of 176, in their ranking of restaurants in this city.

Check their website with all the details and the address (in Lower Abbeygate Street). Big groups should book in advance as it is a small place, but they open from 12 to 22:30 (a bit later on Sunday).