Burren Slow Food Festival

Events this October in the Burren 

Marking it’s 10th year in operation, we are delighted to have the Burren Slow Food Fayre back this October Bank Holiday.

Organised by the Burren EcoTourism Network whom Doolin Ferry are proud members of since 2014, this marks the return of in person events also!

Taking place between October 23rd and October 24th, the festival falls in conjunction with the Burren Winterage Festival, which is organized by Burren Beo.

The five different experiences which will be available have been designed to take visitors on a culinary journey throughout the Burren. Small groups of visitors will be able to book different itineraries in advance.

These include; 

  • St Tola Goat Cheese
  • Burren Smokehouse and Taste the Atlantic
  • Aillwee Caves Burren Gold Cheese
  • Wild Kitchen from Doolin Cave
  • Stonecutters Kitchen 
  • Flaggy Shore Oysters
  • Burren Brewery 
  • Burren Distillers
  • Burren tasting menu at the Cliffs of Moher.

What is Slow Food?

Slow Food is a global initiative with members from all around Ireland and the rest of the globe that look at the food world through the eyes of the local community and our environment. In our case, we are so lucky to have The Burren in Co.Clare, The Aran Islands, Doolin and the west coast of Ireland to be spoiled with choice.   

Doolin Ferry and Slow Food Clare

Slow Food Clare does an incredible job organizing 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 have participated in numerous events in the past few years. We have hosted a Champagne Picnic on our Cliffs of Moher Cruise, an amazing  ‘Taste the Atlantic- A Seafood Journey’ event which took place from Doolin to Inis Oirr. Here guests could enjoy the Seafood Buffet at Tigh Ned’s on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands.  Tigh Ned’s Pub is known for one of the top places to eat on Inis Oirr, seafood fresh from the sea.  The Ó Conghaile family fishes most of their seafood themselves off the island. Tigh Ned is located right on the edge of Inis Oirr overlooking the Burren Co.Clare and Galway Bay.  A fantastic place for not only slow food but also sightseeing. While on the island you can read about some local sights like O’Brien’s Castle.

Please also see here for Directions to Doolin Ferry.


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.