The 2018 Burren Slow Food Festival was launched in Dublin’s Klaw Seafood Café recently by festival chair Birgitta Hedin Curtin, in collaboration with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Fáilte Ireland Food Champion Niall Sabongi.

This is the 14th year of the festival, which takes place from Friday 11th May to Sunday 13th May in Co. Clare. This year’s theme is Taste the Atlantic – A Seafood Journey.

Highlighting a selection of events on the programme, which includes a ferry ride from Doolin for a seafood supper on the smallest Aran Island, Inis Oírr, Birgitta Hedin Curtin described this year’s festival as “boutique and busy”.

As well as the seafood supper, regular festival events return including the food and craft market and cookery demonstrations by chefs including Niall Sabongi and award winning cookbook author Trevis Gleason.

Other highlights are an interactive talk with Kevin Thornton, and a presentation by archaeologist Dr Bill Schindler, UCD visiting assistant professor, which will delve into Irish culinary past and cooking habits.

“As chair of the 2018 Burren Slow Food Festival, it is always an exciting process to engage with partners across Ireland and beyond to curate an interesting and invigorating programme which is aimed at attracting visitors to the beautiful Burren as well as piquing the interest of our local community. There is something for everyone from individuals to families and young and old and we look forward to welcoming you to Co Clare,” said Birgitta.

Richard Donnelly from BIM said: “This event is all about embracing and promoting Irish food and we are delighted to see seafood producers at the heart of the festival this year.”

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