2018 Burren Slow Food Festival – The Launch
A taste of the Burren was showcased in the capital this week at the 2018 Burren Slow Food Festival launch in Dublin’s Klaw Seafood Café hosted by festival chair Birgitta Hedin Curtin in collaboration with BIM and Failte Ireland Food Champion, Niall Sabongi.
This is the 14th year of the festival which takes place from Friday 11 May to Sunday 13 May in Co Clare with the theme “Taste the Atlantic – A Seafood Journey” taking centre stage.
Highlighting a selection of events on the eclectic programme which includes a ferry ride from Doolin to indulge in a seafood supper on the smallest Aran Island, Inis Oírr, Birgitta Hedin Curtin described this year’s festival as “boutique and busy.”
“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.”
Richard Donnelly from BIM said, “BIM’s Taste the Atlantic seafood trail developed in partnership with Failte Ireland is designed to celebrate our many dedicated seafood producers on the Wild Atlantic Way and to educate people on how Irish seafood is caught and farmed.
As a Taste the Atlantic producer and ambassador, Birgitta Hedin Curtin of the Burren Smokehouse produces exceptional Irish organic salmon products and understands the importance of supporting Irish seafood.
In addition to the seafood supper, regular festival favourites return, namely the food and craft market and cookery demonstrations by renowned chefs including seafood aficionado Niall Sabongi and award winning cookbook author Trevis Gleason, who will also host a thirst quenching whiskey workshop.
Other highlights are an interactive talk with Kevin Thornton, who is regarded as one of Ireland’s best chefs and the great philosopher of Irish food. There will also be a presentation by archaeologist Dr Bill Schindler, UCD visiting assistant professor, which will delve into our culinary past and cooking habits. The annual Burren Slow Food Banquet will take place in the Burren Storehouse in Lisdoonvarna and is one of the fastest selling events.
Sisters Sarah O Connell (9) and Melissa O Connell (6) enjoyed the photo shoot during the launch of the 2018 Burren Slow Food Festival. The girls are looking forward to visiting the home county of their late grandfather, Frank Benson from Ennistymon, for the festival.
Photos by Marc O’Sullivan