The Burren Slow Food Festival

Surf & Turf

Burren Slow Food Festival 2016

Lamb, Oysters and Wild Salmon

Friday to Sunday 27 to 29 May 2016

Slightly later than usual, this year’s Slow Food Festival will take place on the last weekend of May 2016 in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.

All the talks and events on the weekend will focus on the delicious edibles that the sea and the land around us produce for us to enjoy.

The weekend starts off with an amazing event:
a Burren Champagne Picnic under the Cliffs of Moher!

Other highlights:

  • Tastings:
    Oysters of different provenances, paired with wine and stout
    Whiskey & Chocolate
    Wild Salmon & Champagne
  • The  traditional Burren Slow Food Banquet
  • Bushcraft and Cooking for Kids
  • Farmers’ Market

Some of the presenters will be

  • Dr. Brendan Dunford from Burrenbeo
  • Catherine Cleary from the Irish Times
  • JP McMahon from Aniar, Galway
  • Oonagh O’Dwyer from Wild Kitchen
  • Leslie Williams guiding us through several tastings
  • Burren Food Trail members Deborah Evers, Piotr Matijczak and Frank Benson

Click here to download the poster

 

When you book your tickets with us…

As a little thank you, we have teamed up with Doolin Ferry to make your weekend in the Burren even better.

When you book through their website https://doolinferry.com/ and redeem the code which will be sent to you
with the ticket confirmation email, you can save up to 45% on your tickets to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher cruise!

 

YesChef charity cycle for
Cystic Fibrosis IrelandYes Chef charity race at Burren Slow Food Festival

In the run-up to the Festival, a charity cycle organised by the YesChef magazine will take place from 23rd to 25th May. It is a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis and the participants are mostly chefs and members of the catering trade.

The 300k cycle will start and end at the Burren Storehouse, with an finish event on the Wednesday 25th May. The route goes from Lisdoonvarna to Galway, to Maam Cross in Connemara, back to Galway and to Lisdoonvarna.

 

Farmers Market
Sat & Sun from 11am to 5pm
The Farmers Market at Burren Slow Food Festival

We will have a farmers market outside and inside the Pavilion Hall where you can taste and eat foods on the spot, or take it home for later.

There will also be an array of non-food products available, all from small producers from the area.

Traders,
If you are interested in taking out a stall in the Farmers’ Market, or want to get in contact with us for general inquiries, please email us at slowfoodclare@gmail.com. You will find all the information you need under Stallholder Information.

 

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

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23rd - 25th May
Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser
In the run-up to the Festival, a charity cycle organised by the YesChef magazine will take place from 23rd to 25th May.
Starts at Burren Storehouse, Lisdoonvarna
Finishes at The Burren Slow Food Festival

It is a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and the participants are mostly chefs.
Well-known chefs Derry Clarke of L’Ecrivain in Dublin, JP McMahon of Aniar in Galway and Bryan McCarthy of Greenes in Cork will be joined by Warren Gillen of Cistin Eile in Wexford, Johnny Garcia from Relish in Dundalk in addition to 80 other cyclists working in the hospitality industry.
The 300k (186 miles) three-day pedal will begin and end at the Burren Storehouse in Lisdoonvarna in Co. Clare, looping its way through Kinvara, Galway, Spiddal and all the way through Connemara with the turning point being Maam Cross, ending at the Burren Slow Food Festival. If you want to know more or sign up as a participant, please go to www.yeschef.ie

Charity Dinner & Dance
Celebrating the safe return of the heroes and heroines of the previous three days!...
Burren Storehouse, Lisdoonvarna
19:00
50 per person

The charity cycle starts and ends in Lisdoonvarna so on the Wednesday night, 25th May 2016, a dinner & dance night will be celebrating the safe return of the heroes and heroines of the previous three days!
All proceeds will go to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.
The dinner will be cooked by chef Viv Kelly from Kieran’s Kitchen in the Roadside Tavern. Expect a mix of the finest meats and seafood from the area, cooked to perfection.
Afterwards, we will be dancing the night away to the music of The Fake McCoy!
You can buy tickets separately – for the dinner & dance, or just for the dance afterwards which will start at 9pm.

Friday 27th May
Champagne Picnic Under the Cliffs of Moher
Enjoy a great picnic on Doolin Ferry boat under the majestic Cliffs of Moher
Departure from Doolin pier
18:00
50 per person

Enjoy a great picnic on Doolin Ferry boat under the majestic Cliffs of Moher.
The picnic will include delicious locally produced foods from the Burren.
Weather permitting. If the weather god frowns on us, an alternative venue will be provided.

Whiskey and Chocolate Tasting 9pm
Burren Storehouse, Lisdoonvarna
20:30
10 per person

Have you ever tried to pair chocolate with Whiskey? That is exactly what we will be doing during this tasting.
Whiskey and chocolate are not usually mentioned in the same sentence, but there is a real connection between the two, and it is a delicious one!
Leslie Williams, wine expert and author, will lead you through the tasting and will introduce you to the world of Whiskey while pairing it with the most delicious of all chocolates.
The event will take place in the Burren STOREhouse next to the Roadside Tavern at 9pm, and not as advertised at 8.30pm.
Admission €10 per person

Saturday 28th May
Launch of the 2016 Burren Slow Food festival
Launch by Dr. Brendan Dunford from Burrenbeo
The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna
12 noon

Launch of the festival by Dr. Brendan Dunford from Burrenbeo, followed by a talk on The Farmer and Farming for Conservation in the Burren Landscape.
Burren Slow Food: 6,000 years agrowing –
The Burren Slow Food festival has, for the past decade, celebrated the joy of food by bringing together those who produce, prepare and consume it. The story of farming and food in the Burren is long and rich, and continues to evolve.
But what of the future of farmers in the Burren and other such ‘marginal’ agricultural landscapes, rich in heritage and tradition? This talk will share some perspectives on the broader potential role and contribution of our farmers to modern society.

Bushcraft for Kids
Sharing bushcraft skills with kids of all ages..
The Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
12:00

Mike from the Aillwee Cave will come to the Burren Slow Food Festival with his bushcraft skills and share them with kids of all ages. Amongst others, he will show fire lighting skills, wood carving, whittling and pole lathing techniques. He will also engage people with info on bushcraft.
For kids from the age of 5. Admission is free.
Mike is usually teaching his skills at the Woodland Craft Village at Aillwee which is a hive of activity (More information on Summer Camps). Villagers share with and educate visitors on their skills of wilderness survival and techniques in the art of Woodland Crafts: Wood carving, Bow making, Fire Lighting Techniques, Shelter Building and Willow Craft as well as Archery.
Through daily demonstrations and teaching courses at The Woodland Craft Village in Ballyvaughan, a variety of craft courses and Summer Bush Craft Camps are available during the summer months.

"Val's Kitchen" - Book Launch & Demo
Book Launch of Val O'Connor's new cook book & Demo
The Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
13:00

Val O'Connor will launch her latest cook book "Val's Kitchen" at our festival. In a cookery demo, she will also be introduce us to the art of fermenting foods and other tricks out of her kitchen.

Cookery Demo - Deboning
Cookery Demo with Craft Butcher Neil Hawes and Donal Monaghan from Gleninagh Lamb
The Pavilion
Lisdoonvarna
14:00

Neil Hawes will show you how to debone a lamb.

Talk/Demo: Wild Kitchen
With Oonagh O’Dwyer from “Wild Kitchen”
The Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
15:00

Talk/Demo by Oonagh O’Dwyer from “Wild Kitchen”

Oyster Tasting with Wine & Stout
A mix between a talk and a tasting, this is an event not to be missed by oyster fans...
The Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
16:00
€15 (includes €5 entrance fee for the day-long festival + €10 for the oyster plate, wine and stout as well as the talks

The highlight of the day: Oyster Tasting with Wine and Stout
A mix between a talk and a tasting, this is an event not to be missed by oyster fans.
Michael Kelly Jr (representing Ireland in the Oyster Chucking Championships) will introduce the audience to the world of oysters and talk about MERROIR. You have the opportunity to buy a plate of oysters, all coming from different areas of Ireland:
Kelly’s from Kilcolgan, Co. Galway
Newquay near Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
Achill Island, Co. Mayo
and Carlingford, Co. Louth A plate with 7 oysters can be pre-bought at the very reasonable price of €15 (€5 entrance fee for the day-long festival + €10 for the oyster plate, wine and stout as well as the talks).
We recommend to book your plate(s) well in advance as they will sell out very quickly.

Champagne & Wild Smoked Salmon Tasting
Have you ever tried to eat Smoked Wild Irish Salmon while sipping Champagne?
Burren STOREhouse, Lisdoonvarna
18:00
10 per person

Have you ever tried to eat Smoked Wild Irish Salmon while sipping Champagne? Probably not – and this is your chance!
Champagne is so much more than just an “upmarket bubbly” from the Champagne region in northern France. It represents class and a certain joie-de-vivre which we all need to experience from time to time.
Leslie Williams, wine expert and author, will lead you through the tasting and will introduce you to the world of real Champagne paired with the first Wild Salmon caught this year, freshly smoked by the Burren Smokehouse next door.

Burren Slow Food Banquet
Surf & Turf Banquet to celebrate the best of foods produced in Clare..
Burren STOREhouse, Lisdoonvarna
19:00
50 per person

This year’s motto of the Burren Slow Food Banquet is Surf & Turf.
Every year as part of the Burren Slow Food Festival, we have a banquet to celebrate the best of foods produced in our beautiful part of the country.
Chef Viv Kelly and his team from Kieran’s Kitchen in the Roadside Tavern will do his magic to delight everybody’s taste buds. The menu will include Gleninagh Lamb on a spit and seafood.
Booking is Essential for this event.

Sunday 29th May
Eat your way to Health (Growing for Healthy Living)
Food demonstration on the benefits of growing food for your health..
The Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
12:00

The Burren Food Trail presents:
Deborah Evers, Clareville House Kitchen Garden, soft fruit and vegetable grower and artisan food producer; Frank Benson from Burrenbees, a beekeeper and honey producer; and Piotr Matijczak, Wheatgrass grower and juice producer. All of them are members of the Ballyvaughan Farmers Market.
They will give a food demonstration on the benefits of growing food for your health, preparing three easy foods for you, with ingredients you can grow yourself.
They will outline what you can grow easily, demonstrating how to prepare these foods and explaining the nutritional benefits of raw, local and fresh food – i.e. slow food.

Cheese Tasting
With Catherine Cleary, author of The Sheridan’s Guide to Cheese...
The Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
13:00

Cheese Tasting with Catherine Cleary, author of The Sheridan’s Guide to Cheese, freelance food writer and journalist.

Cookery Demo - JP McMahon (Aniar)
JP McMahon from Michelin starred restaurant Aniar in Galway will part with his trade secrets to create some mouth-watering recipes.
The Pavilion
Lisdoonvarna

Making Jams and Coridals
Cookery Demo by The Green Apron
The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna
15:00

Theresa Storey from The Green Apron in Limerick will be showing you how to process summer fruits. She will be making jams and cordials, and reveal some tricks of the trade!

Talk & Demo - Loughrea Honey and Aran Islands Goats Cheese - From Bricks to Bees and Boats to Goats
"From Bricks to Bees" and "From Boats to Goats" - Life is constantly changing
The Pavilion
Lisdoonvarna

Noel Leahy from Loughrea Honey, and Gabriel Faherty from Aran Island Goats Cheese will give a talk about the changes they had to make in their lives and which lead to the wonderful products they are producing now.

 

All the links you need to book your tickets

Charity Dinner & Dance Burren Slow Food Fest 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charity Dinner & Dance
€50 + fees per person

Wednesday, 25th May 2016 at 7pm
Burren Storehouse

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Champagne Picnic under the Cliffs of Moher Burren Slow Food Fest 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champagne Picnic under the Cliffs of Moher
€50 + fees per person

Friday, 27th May 2016 at 6pm
Doolin Pier

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Burren Slow Food Festival Whiskey & Chocolate Tasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whiskey & Chocolate Tasting
€10 + fees per person

Friday, 27th May 2016 at 9pm
Burren Storehouse

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Burren Slow Food Festival 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oyster, Wine & Stout Pairing
€15 + fees per person (includes the entrance fee to the festival)

Saturday, 28th May 2016 at 4pm
The Pavilion

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Burren Slow Food Festival Champagne & Wild Salmon Tasting

 

 

 

 

Champagne & Wild Salmon Tasting
€10 + fees per person

Saturday, 28th May 2016 at 6pm
Burren Storehouse

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Burren Slow Food Festival banquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burren Slow Food Banquet
€50 + fees per person

Saturday, 28th May 2016 at 7pm
Burren Storehouse

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The Burren Slow Food Festival location:

The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
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Burren Slow Food Festival location in Lisdoonvarna Co. Clare

 

 

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