The Burren Slow Food Festival is back for a tenth year this May. Over the weekend 27th-29th, food producers and business will be celebrating the Slow Food movement with a range of events showcasing the best of local produce and talent.
This years theme is ‘Surf & Turf’ and a whole host of Michelin star chefs and local cooks will be converging on County Clare to cook some great meat and seafood. They will also be taking part in demonstrations, workshops, tastings, talks and fun events to shine a light on slow food.
YesChef have roped in some of Ireland’s top chefs for a charity cycle in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland the weekend before the festival May 23rd-25th. Renowned chefs Derry Clarke, JP McMahon and Bryan McCarthy of Greenes in Cork, who will be joined by 80 other cyclists working in the hospitality industry.
The festival itself kicks off with a unique picnic underneath the iconic Cliffs of Moher on the Doolin Ferry. Later that evening food writer Leslie Morrison will host a Whiskey and Chocolate Tasting event in the Burren Storehouse.
Dr. Brendan Dunford of Burrrenbeo will officially open the festival at midday on Saturday in The Pavilion in Lisdoonvarna and Catherine Cleary will be presenting a cheese tasting there later in the day.
Throughout Sunday members of the Burren Food Trail and the Ballyvaughan Farmers Market will be demonstrating the benefits of growing your own food. Other events taking place during the festival include tastings, foraging, the traditional Burren Slow Food Banquet, Bushcraft and Cooking for Kids, and the annual Burren Slow Food Festival Farmers’ Market.
“Slow Food is all about finding and enjoying the very best and freshest local food,” said Birgitta Hedin-Curtin, founder member of Slow Food Clare and Chairperson of the Burren Slow Food Festival. “Our festival aims to promote the Slow Food ethos enabling members of the public to rediscover the flavours and savours of regional cooking while at the same time banish the degrading effects of Fast Food. By doing so, we also hope to showcase the Burren’s established local producer and supplier network and how it is utilised and promoted by local businesses.”
Visit www.slowfoodclare.com or Facebook for more details.