Burren Slow Food Festival

Seafood Picnic on Inis Oirr

Slow down, shop local, and make good choices about what we eat!

For those who don’t know already Slow Food is a global initiative with members from all around the world that look at the food world through the eyes of the local community and our environment.  Take some time, shop local, and make smart choices about what we eat!  Slow Food Clare does a fantastic job organising the Burren Slow Food Festival every year to bring this global movement to our doorstep.

As a member of the Burren Ecotourism group Doolin Ferry with Bill O’Brien is proud to be a part of this wonderful weekend.  For the past two years we have been hosting a Champagne Picnic on our Cliffs of Moher Cruise which were spectacular events.  This year the Slow Food Festival wanted to try something new!  The brand new ‘Taste the Atlantic- A Seafood Journey’ event will took place on Friday 11th May.  We brought everyone from Doolin to Inis Oirr to the Seafood Buffet at Tigh Ned’s on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands.  Tigh Ned is known for their seafood delicacies, fresh from the sea.  The Ó Conghaile family fishes most of their seafood themselves of the island of Inis Oirr.  Tigh Ned is located right on the islands edge overlooking the Burren and Galway Bay.  A fantastic place for not only slow food but also sightseeing. You may be interested in readying about when our crew of the Doolin Express found a washed up US Navy boat on the Island, or about O’Brien’s Castle.

The event will take place from 18:00 – 20:00 on Friday 11th May.  There are a limited number of tickets available for this event so please reserve ahead HERE.

Please also see here for Directions to Doolin Ferry.


2017 Slowfood Festival

The festival too place from Friday to Sunday, 12th – 14th May. The festivals theme was “Best of Irish GIN and Raw IRISH CHEESES”- what’s not to love there? The entire weekend was full of talks and events centered around the delicious food & drinks that the sea and land around us have on offer. And what better way to start the weekend off than with a Burren Seafood Picnic under the Cliffs of Moher?

A cruise to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher will inspire your palate and show you the habitats of Ireland’s sea life in it’s bounty, edible and otherwise! Passing lobster pots along the way the ferry made it’s way down the 5 kilometers of coastline that stretches from Doolin to beneath O’Brien’s Tower standing high on the Cliffs. Here we took in the sights and sounds of the sea all while enjoying a locally sourced picnic of foods and a special glass of refreshment. You may also enjoy reading more about the Animals at the Cliffs of Moher or some Cliffs of Moher Facts before you set sail.

The 2017 Burren Slow Food Festival was officially kicked off the next day May 13th and launched by John Mulcahy the Head of Food Tourism of Failte Ireland at midday in the Pavilion Theatre, Lisdoonvarna. After the kick off there was a series of demonstrations and talks by chefs and food industry specialists. There was a special guest attending, executive chef Jonathan Keane from the beautiful Lodge at Ashford Castle. He will be performed a cookery demo – a real treat for all the foodies out there!

Other festival highlights:

Coffee Brunch with Brian O’Brian from Anam Coffee .

Talk ‘Raw Milk Cheeses’ with Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith from The Cheese Press  St Tola’s Irish Goats Cheese.

Burren Slow Food Banquet in Lisdoonvarna at the Burren Storehouse.

Talk and Tasting of the ‘Best of Irish Gins’.

Artisan Food Producers / Slow Food Farmers’ Market.

Farmers Market:  From 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The market was outside and inside the Pavilion Hall where you could taste and eat foods on the spot, or take it home for later. There was also an array of non-food products available, all from small producers from the area.

See the full festival programme and check out updates for next years event.