This weekend the 13th annual Burren Slow Food Festival is taking place in Lisdoonvarna, bringing together food and drinks producers, cooks, creators, eaters and writers for a weekend of talks, demonstrations and pop-up dinners.
Chefs taking part this year include Michelin starred Danni Barry and Takashi Miyazaki, Brian Donnelly from Belfast’s Bia Rebel and Euro-Toques Commissioner General, Gareth Mullins.
The theme of the festival this year is Taste the Atlantic, focusing on the abundance of seaweed in the Connemara region.
Visitors have a chance to watch some of the island’s best culinary talents at work incorporating Irish seaweed and sea vegetables in their dishes, and get to taste the results.
Tickets are now on sale for the festival’s series of pop-up dinner events which take place every evening across the weekend. On Friday evening the festival begins with a trip to Inis Oírr, for a seafood buffet in Tigh Ned’s pub prepared by the Ó Conghaile family, the island’s local lobster and crab fishermen.
Then on Saturday evening at 7pm chef Danni Barry cooks in The Storehouse in Lisdoonvarna. Her final showcase before heading a brand new space at Balloo House in Co. Down, tickets are priced at just €50 per person.
The final dinner of the weekend on Sunday afternoon is with Euro-Toques Commissioner General Gareth Mullins & friends, cooking a late lunch in The Storehouse with tickets priced at €35 per adult and €20 per child.
Food and drink products on show during the weekend will include Bláth na Mara Seaweed Pesto, An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin, and Wild Irish Sea Veg from the local Talty Family in Co. Clare.
“The Burren Slow Food Festival gives us a platform to promote the best of the Burren’s produce, now recognised as some of the finest in Ireland and internationally,” says Birgitta Hedin-Curtin, founder member of Slow Food Clare and Chairperson of the Burren Slow Food Festival.
The Burren Slow Food Festival 2019 will be officially opened by John and Sally McKenna on Saturday May 11th at midday in the Pavilion Theatre in Lisdoonvarna.