Surf & Turf
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You will find all the information you need under Stallholder Information.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Neil Hawes will show you how to debone a lamb.
Talk/Demo by Oonagh O’Dwyer from “Wild Kitchen”
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
We recommend to book your plate(s) well in advance as they will sell out very quickly.
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.
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.
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, freelance food writer and journalist.
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!
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.
Launch of the 2016 Burren Slow Food festivalLaunch by Dr. Brendan Dunford from Burrenbeo12:00 - 13:00
Bushcraft for KidsSharing bushcraft skills with kids of all ages..12:00 - 17:00
"Val's Kitchen" - Book Launch & DemoBook Launch of Val O'Connor's new cook book & Demo13:00 - 13:45
Cookery Demo - DeboningCookery Demo with Craft Butcher Neil Hawes and Donal Monaghan from Gleninagh Lamb14:00 - 14:45
Talk/Demo: Wild KitchenWith Oonagh O’Dwyer from “Wild Kitchen”15:00 - 16:00
Oyster Tasting with Wine & StoutA mix between a talk and a tasting, this is an event not to be missed by oyster fans...16:00 - 18:00
Champagne & Wild Smoked Salmon TastingHave you ever tried to eat Smoked Wild Irish Salmon while sipping Champagne?18:00 - 19:00
Burren Slow Food BanquetSurf & Turf Banquet to celebrate the best of foods produced in Clare..19:00 - 21:00
Eat your way to Health (Growing for Healthy Living)Food demonstration on the benefits of growing food for your health..12:00 - 13:00
Cheese TastingWith Catherine Cleary, author of The Sheridan’s Guide to Cheese...13:00 - 13:45
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.14:00 - 14:45
Making Jams and CoridalsCookery Demo by The Green Apron15:00 - 15:45
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 changing16:00 - 16:45
All the links you need to book your tickets
Charity Dinner & Dance
€50 + fees per person
Wednesday, 25th May 2016 at 7pm
Champagne Picnic under the Cliffs of Moher
€50 + fees per person
Friday, 27th May 2016 at 6pm
Whiskey & Chocolate Tasting
€10 + fees per person
Friday, 27th May 2016 at 9pm
Oyster, Wine & Stout Pairing
€15 + fees per person (includes the entrance fee to the festival)
Saturday, 28th May 2016 at 4pm
Champagne & Wild Salmon Tasting
€10 + fees per person
Saturday, 28th May 2016 at 6pm
Burren Slow Food Banquet
€50 + fees per person
Saturday, 28th May 2016 at 7pm
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