The Burren Winterage Festival will return to County Clare on October 29, where food and drink producers from the Burren Ecotourism Network will showcase their products and celebrate the best local food.
The event will be held at Michael Cusack’s GAA Pitch near Bellharbour and includes both the Cattle drive walk, and the Burren Food Fayre which is being organised by the Burren Ecotourism Network.
“This is an excellent opportunity for people to not only hear about the ancient farming practices of the Burren, but also for them to experience walking the cattle upland to the winterage, and then to be able to taste and purchase the foods of the land and sea at the Burren Food Fayre,” said Jarlath O’Dwyer, CEO of the Burren Ecotourism Network.
“We are delighted to work with the team at Burren Beo, who have run the Cattle Drive for several years, bringing it from strength to strength, and attracting people from all over Ireland to attend on the day.”
The locally sourced food and drink on display on the day will include beef, salmon, pork, oysters, cheese, breads, jams, chutneys along with Burren whiskey and gin.
Many of the producers taking part adhere to the GEOfood concept, an international UNESCO initiative, which promotes sustainable agriculture and conservation and supports farmers and communities in the area.
The winterage walk starts at 11am, however attendees are encouraged to arrive at 10am to avail of tea, coffee and scones in the marquee.
There will also be entertainment provided by local musicians.
“We are delighted that the food fayre is once again being staged on the rich agricultural lands of the Burren, there is no better way to connect people to the produce than to see where it came from," said Carol Gleeson, manager of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark.
"Amongst our GEOfood group, we have a few farming families who have worked this land for generations.”