Burren Slow Food Festival 12-14 May 2017

The next Burren Slow Food Festival will take place earlier than usual, from 12 to 14 May 2017.

Burren Slow Food Festival Darina Allen Birgitta Hedin CurtinThe 11th Burren Food Festival in Lisdoonvarna will be a celebration of the “Best of Irish GIN and Irish RAW MILK CHEESES” …

The festival schedule is not yet set in stone, but just to give you an idea what to expect…

A celebration of Ireland’s best gins and raw cheeses will be one of the highlights of this year’s Burren Slow Food festival, which will take place in County Clare this May.

The 11th annual Burren Slow food festival, organised by Slow Food Clare, will bring together food producers, chefs and writers for a weekend of talks, demonstrations and workshops in Lisdoonvarna from the 12 to 14 May 2017.

“The Slow Food Festival gives us a platform to promote the best of the Burren’s produce, which is now recognised as some of the finest in Ireland and internationally”, said Birgitta Hedin-Curtin, founder member of Slow Food Clare and Chairperson of the Burren Slow Food Festival.

“This year our theme is Irish gin and cheese and we will be showcasing the best of Irish gin; a market which has grown enormously in the past couple of years. There will be a wide range of gins to try, including Blackwater Gin, Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin, Dingle Gin and Shortcross Gin.  We are also fortunate to have Dublin’s leading mixologist Oisin Davies, who will be making unique cocktails with wild and foraged ingredients.”

Irish Raw Cheese at Burren Slow Food Festival For the first time, Ireland’s Raw Milk Cheese Presidium will be at the event, hosting workshops and tastings of raw milk cheese, many of which are not widely available nationwide. The presidium, which is made up of eleven artisan dairies work with their own distinctive style and techniques and share a common commitment to producing a safe, high-quality product using raw milk from their own cows or goats, or milk from nearby herds.

Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith from St Tola Goat Cheese, who will be giving a demonstration at the event said: “It is an opportunity for members of the Presidium to meet the public and educate them on the importance of raw milk and cheese. There is a growing demand for naturally produced food and people want to meet the producers and see where their food comes from. “

The festival, will be officially launched by John Mulcahy, Head of Food Tourism, Failte Ireland on Saturday May 13th at midday at the Pavilion theatre. This will be followed by a series of talks and demonstrations by chefs and food industry specialists. As a special guest, we will have executive chef Jonathan Keane from the Lodge at Ashford Castle doing a cookery demo – a special treat for foodies!

The list of speakers include Darina Allen from Ballymaloe House, Seamus Sheridan from Sheridans Cheesemongers, Fingal Ferguson from Gubeen Cheese and Lesley Williams, Irish Examiner wine and drinks columnist.

One of the attendees confirmed for this year’s event is Bruce Langlands, board director of Food and Hospitality at Selfridges in London. “We are honoured to have Bruce Langlands at the festival this year. As always, he will be on the lookout for new and unique food products which he can bring back to Selfridges. This is a great opportunity for our local food producers to impress one of the world’s leading retailers,” added Ms Hedin-Curtin.

The two-day event will feature the aforementioned Artisan Food Producers’ Market, tastings, foraging, children’s activities, the traditional Burren Slow Food Banquet as well as a Seafood Picnic in a boat under the Cliffs of Moher.

Below you will find the schedule of events for the 2017 Burren Slow Food Festival.

Please be aware of the fact that we have not finalised all the events, tastings, cookery demos and talks. Check back regularly as we update the schedule (and the entire website for that matter) as we go along. And follow us on Facebook for up-to-date news!

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Friday 12 May 2017
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.

Saturday 13th May 2017
Artisan Food Producers' & Farmers' Market
Taste, Experience, Ask & Buy
The Pavilion, inside and outside, Lisdoonvarna
11:00
17:00

You will see, taste and experience a great array of products and produce at our market. They will range from all kinds of pastries and breads, grilled meats, coffees, teas, vegetables, wines, smoked salmon to kitchen accessories. The focus of this festival is on specialities like Irish Gins and Raw Cheeses which will be explained in talks and demonstrations, and can be tasted throughout the weekend.

Launch of the 2017 Burren Slow Food festival
Launch of the Festival
The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna
Launch of the 2017 Burren Slow Food festival
12 noon

Mr John Mulcahy from Fáilte Ireland will be launching the festival.

Event to be confirmed
The Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
12:30

Talk - "Irish Cheese" by Seamus Sheridan
Talk - "Irish Cheese" by Seamus Sheridan
The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna

Seamus Sheridan from Sheridan's Cheesemongers will give a talk about and overview on Irish Cheeses.

Talk - Raw Milk Cheeses
Presidia of Irish Raw Milk Cheeses with Siobhan ni Ghairbhith & other producers
The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna
14:00

The members of the Presidia of Irish Raw Milk Cheese producers will give a talk on why Raw Milk Cheeses have a place in our society, and why they should be protected.

Event to be confirmed
Cookery Demo - to be confirmed
The Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
15:00

Details to follow later

Talk & Tasting - The Best of Irish Gins
Gin Tasting - Experience the best of Irish Gins
The Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
16:00
 
 

This Gin Tasting with Peter Mulryan will feature Blackwater Gin, Dingle Gin, Bertha's Revenge, Drumshambo Gunpowder Gin, Shortcross Gin, Boatyard Gin, Sliabh Liag Gin, and Dublin Gin). You will not only taste gins, but get a profound insight into the making of the spitir and historical background of the gin industry.

Demonstration - Making Gin Cocktails
How to make Gin Cocktails
The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna
17:00
 
 

In this demo (and no doubt tasting), you will learn how to make gin cocktails under the professional guidance of mixologist Oisín Davis.

Burren Slow Food Banquet
A celebration of the best of foods produced in Clare
Burren STOREhouse, Lisdoonvarna
19:00
50 per person

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 provide a good balance between meat and seafood.
Early booking is essential for this event.

Sunday 14th May 2017
Artisan Food Producers' and Farmers' Market
Taste, Experience, Ask & Buy
The Pavilion, inside and outside, Lisdoonvarna

You will see, taste and experience a great array of products and produce at our market. They will range from all kinds of pastries and breads, grilled meats, coffees, teas, vegetables, wines, smoked salmon to kitchen accessories. The focus of this festival is on specialities like Irish Gins and Raw Cheeses which will be explained in talks and demonstrations, and can be tasted throughout the weekend.

Coffee Brunch - Brian O'Briain from Anam Coffee
Brian O'Briain will introduce you into the world of coffee sourcing and roasting.
The Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
12:00

Anam Coffee are special as in they have a very strict business ethos. They care passionately about the beans they select, but also about how they are grown with regard to the environment, and about the farmers. They pay more for their coffee beans ensuring the farmer has been paid substantially more to harvest his beans in a way that delivers unique flavours with great quality. Brian will explain all of this in good details, and have tasters of his different coffees at hand, as well as pastries from Fabiola's Sea Salt Cafés in Liscannor and Doolin.

Cookery Demo - Executive Chef Jonathan Keane from the Lodge at Ashford Castle
Cookery Demo - Executive Chef Jonathan Keane, The Lodge at Ashford Castle
The Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
13:00

We are delighted to announce that Executive Chef Jonathan Keane from the Lodge at Ashford Castle, Cong, will grace our Burren Slow Food Festival this year! Jonathan is a real food lover who forages wild foods in the huge parkland surrounding the castle. He also grows big parts of the foods needed for the busy kitchens of Ashford Castle and the Lodge at Ashford Castle. He is a big supporter of local foods and is involved in putting Cong on the foodie map.

Event to be confirmed
Event to be confirmed
The Pavilion
Lisdoonvarna

Event to be confirmed
Event to be confirmed
The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna
15:00

Event to be confirmed
Event to be confirmed
The Pavilion
Lisdoonvarna