Ireland’s County Galway is the perfect place for all you foodies out there this September! There is not one – but three Food Festivals taking place here this month! As it is the start of the Oyster Season, the main focus of the festivals is on delicacies from the sea. But no matter if you are a seafood lover or not – make sure to travel west this September to taste all that Galway has to offer.
Galway Oyster Festival
23rd – 25th of September 2011
Let’s start with the best know food festival in Galway – the Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival. This festival is not to be missed. Main events include: a festival parade, world oyster opening championships, oyster tasting, a oyster gala dinner and a big festival finale. There will obviously also be live music, dancing, ‘Blas na Mara’ (Taste of the Sea) – seafood extravaganza, family activities, cooking demos and much, much more. Experience the unique atmosphere, savour some wonderful Irish produce and bring your little ones in marine theme costume for our ‘Oyster Sprat’ competition!
Clarenbridge Oyster Festival
9th – 11th of September 2011
Let’s stick with Oysters for now…2 weeks before the Galway City Oyster festival there will be the Clarenbridge Oyster Festival. The beautiful village of Clarenbridge is situated in South Galway on the main route from Galway to Limerick, at the mouth of the Claren River. West of the village is Dunbulcan Bay from where world famous Clarenbridge oysters are harvested. And these are the best in the world, says the Clarenbridge community and they must know, as they’ve immersed in Oyster harvesting since Roman times!
Leenane Food Festival / Leenan Autumnal Festival
24th & 25th of September 2011
However you want to call it – the Leenane Food (or Autumnal) Festival is mostly about food. Great food! There is so much to see, do and taste on this weekend. Visit the Country Market showcasing the very best of local produce, watch cooking demonstrations by celebrity and local chefs and take part in guided walks with an emphasis on foraging and wild foods. But you can also learn more about local Arts and Crafts or take part in an Sean Nos Dancing Workshop. This festival is set to be a perfect day out – so put the dates in your calendar and make sure not to miss it.
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