The Burren Slow Food Festival To Return In May

By Robert McHugh
The Burren Slow Food Festival To Return In May

The Burren Slow Food Festival will be returning to the Pavilion in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare on May 19.

The event is organised by Slow Food Clare and is part of a month-long festival of wellness, hosted by the Burren Ecotourism Network.

Slow Food Clare Convivium

The Slow Food Festival was launched over 15 years ago by the Slow Food Clare Convivium. It is headed by Birgitta Hedin-Curtin from the Burren Smokehouse.

The Burren Ecotourism Network is a network of tourism enterprises with the objective of establishing the Burren as a premier internationally recognised sustainable tourism region.

'The Burren'

"An important part of wellness is the food that we eat. The Burren area offers a range of small batch production high nutrition food produced in pristine limestone soil and Atlantic coastal water," said Birgitta Hedin Curtin, the festival organiser.


"Many of these foods will be sold at the Burren Slow Food Festival directly by the producer. They can tell the story and health benefits of their foods."

Cookery Demonstrations

The Burren Slow Food Festival will offer everything from artisanal cheeses, local honey, distilled products to freshly caught seafood.

The festival aims to showcase the best of what the Burren region has to offer including an artisan farmers’ market, cookery demonstrations and wellness talks.

The Burren Slow Food Banquet

The popular Burren Slow Food Banquet will take place in the Burren Storehouse on the night before the festival, a double celebration as it also marks the Burren Smokehouse's 35th year in business.

Head chef Peter Jackson and his team from the Roadside Tavern will create a three-course dinner with locally produced ingredients.


'High Quality Foods'

“May is Burren Wellness Month where we will be advocating for the many businesses in the area that provide wellness activities, treatments, and classes," said Jarlath O'Dwyer, CEO of the Burren Ecotourism Network.

"These range from walking guides, yoga centres, surfing instructors, gyms and indoor spas and compliment the high quality foods for which the Burren is famous for."