The 6th annual Galway Food Festival will take place from the 13-17 April during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
The Festival theme of Food and the Community will feature a stimulating programme of over 100 food-based events celebrating the importance of sharing food together to promote a healthy community that starts in the home. Through an extensive programme of talks, workshops, tours and in-house events, the festival will encourage people to reconnect with where their food comes from, and learning more about what nature can provide for us. Highlight events include Easter Monday’s Breaking Bread at the Spanish Arch in partnership with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and part of Cruinniú na Cásca – a Creative Ireland initiative of nationwide celebrations on Monday 17 April. Breaking Bread aims to create a legacy of community inclusion, acceptance and collaboration with the theme #thisismyIreland, and will showcase and celebrate the varied and diverse community groups that are part of Galway’s modern community, using the love of food. Participating cultural groups will be bringing traditional and modern dishes to share with the public. Halla Bia, will see Galway's very first indoor market showcasing over 40 indigenous food producers and suppliers throughout the West of Ireland who will showcase their produce in the old Connacht Tribune Printing Works in the city centre. This festival initiative is in partnership with the Local Enterprise Office. Hall Bia will be open to the public from Good Friday, 14 April through to Easter Sunday, 16 April.
An exciting range of Cookery Demonstrations will be presented by an impressive line-up of chefs that will include; Domini Kemp, Gavin McDonagh from Brioche in Dublin, Jason O’Neill from the g, Wade Murphy from 1826, Mark Murphy from Dingle Cookery School, Lily Ramirez from Foran, David O’Donnell from Basserie on the Corner, Agata Lisik from The Kitchen, Brendan Keane from The King’s Head, Blair Crawford from Biteclub, Adrian Bane from the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Junichi Yoshiyagawa from Kappa-Ya, Vicky Donley from The House Hotel, Jp McMahon from Massimo, Aniar and Cava, Blessing Moyo from One World Tapestry and many more city centre food and restaurant outlets.
Food Tours will include Seasonal Food Foraging Walk and Talk; Seaweed Walk, Talk and Foraging; Cava on the Corrib; Tour of the Wild Salmon Fishery Cathrach; Galway Food Tours; Catch a Fish, Cook a Fish; and EAT Galway Taste Trail.
The ever popular Talk Series will feature a panel discussion with major international food ambassadors and Fáilte Ireland focusing on Food Along the Wild Atlantic Way; a screening of the multi award-winning film Atlantic and fish tastings followed by a Q&A with director, Risteard Ó Domhnaill, Lorna Siggins from The Irish Times and Eoin Warner from TG4. A third talk will feature a panel discussion looking at how we can feed ourselves and live more sustainably using agroecology and regenerative ecological design practices.
For more information and times visit www.galwayfoodfestival.com