The Burren Slow Food Festival 10th to 12th May 2019

Burren Slow Food Festival 2018
Oysters are one of the stars of this year’s festival!
Niall Sabongi at Burren Slow Food Festival
Niall Sabongi from The Klaw Café in Dublin will give a cookery demo.
Bill Schindler at Burren Slow Food Festival
Archaeologist Bill Schneider on ancient eating habits
Burren Slow Food Festival
Cookery demos by experts, well-known chefs

Burren Slow Food Festival
Discover hand-made artisan products at our Farmers’ Market

The next Burren Slow Food Festival will take place from 10th to 12th May 2019.

The next Burren Slow Food Festival’s theme and format are to be announced later.

Why is it a great weekend for foodies? Do things that you might not easily get around to do, like soaking up knowledge through talks and cookery demos; getting to know small producers and their products, and being able to ask them all kinds of questions right there and then; and tasting wonderful samples of what the sea and the Irish soil have to offer.

This year’s festival motto “Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey” is reflected in the cookery demos given by chefs Niall Sabongi (The Klaw Café) and Trevis Gleason (of the cook book “Dingle Dinners”). Whiskey is another focus, and Gleason will hold a workshop on this subject for anybody interested in uisce beatha.

Michelin-star chef Kevin Thornton, who used to own Thornton’s Restaurant in Dublin, will come to the festival and give a cookery demo!

The organisers of the festival were inspired to take up the seafood theme by the Seafood Trail along the west coast of Ireland which was launched last year by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM).

One interesting talk with the title “Human Diet and Technological Innovation: learning to eat like humans again” will be given by American archaeologist and director of the Easter Shore Food Lab Bill Schindler who featured in the History Channel series called “The Great Human Race”.

Whilst the festival is taking place in the Pavilion in Lisdoonvarna, it will kick off on the Friday night with a trip to the smallest of the Aran Island where a seafood dinner will be waiting for the participants.

During the talks and cookery demos over the weekend, there will also be an Artisan Food Producers’ and Farmers’ Market  where produce and products from County Clare and further afield, and even from Italy, are featured.

A pop-up café run by the owners of Stonecutters Kitchen near the Cliffs of Moher will ensure that the visitors can rest and refresh.

And of course, the Burren Slow Food Festival would not be complete without the traditional Burren Slow Food Banquet which will take place on Saturday night in the Burren Storehouse.

The programme is being updated constantly, so please follow Slow Food Clare on Facebook and bookmark the schedule page to know about the latest highlights!

Have a look at our Festival Galleries to get an impression of the wonderful atmosphere!