Galway is well recognized as being a foodie paradise. Therefore it’s no surprise that we have our own food festival (might as well seeing as we have one for everything else but they’re all always great craic). This is the fourth year of the food festival and judging by the range of events happening it’s set to be the best one yet! From street markets, food tasting trails, free demos and talks, Easter egg hunts and street parties there really is something for everyone. It all kicks off on Thursday evening and runs through the weekend until Monday. Events are held all day with many of them being free so will be a fantastic day to spend with kids over the holidays, as a group of friends or a couple looking for a night out. Here are some of the events that caught me eye but for the full line up and to plan your own weekend check out the Galway Food Festival Website here or grab one of the free brochures that are scattered around shops and restaurants throughout town.
My favourite thing about the festival is definitely the extra markets. I love Galway for its Saturday market as you can get some seriously tasty and affordable food – my favourites are the crepes (try the vanilla sugar, butter and lemon one), the potato and chickpea curry, the falafel and the little yellow stall selling huge slices of desserts for about €2. I’ve never been dissapointed by any food I’ve gotten here and for the festival it will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. There will also be a special Festival Market set up down in the Spanish Arch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm (if it isn’t blown away by then…) which will act as the main festival village. On Saturday, Woodquay will also be hosting a street market from 10am to 6pm which was a huge success last year with lots of local produce, sweet treats and street vendors on offer so is well worth checking out.
These are just a few of events going on over the weekend that caught my eye…
6pm: The Kitchen are celebrating the opening of the Festival with food and drinks and special guest Derry Clarke. This is one of my favourite places to eat in Galway so definitely check them out on your foodie trail (be warned though they can be very popular around lunchtime so try get in early).
10am and 11am: McCambridges are hosting a coffee cupping morning – what better way to start of a busy weekend? It is a free event but needs to be pre-booked.
4pm -6pm: Cava on the Corrib: One of my favourite places in the world to be is on the River Corrib so this trip up the river on the Corrib Princess together with a BBQ from Cava restaurant sounds awesome. (Tickets €22.50).
7.30pm: For any fans of the paleo diet, McCambridges together with the owners of Berlins Paleo restaurant Sauvage will be hosting a Hunter Gatherer Feast. They’ll be serving up wild foraged food and “unique” cocktails. Sounds amazing! (Tickets €60).
10am: Again, what better way to kick off the day that with a coffee brewing demo in Badger and Dodo. (Tickets €5 with a free bag of coffee).
11am: If you want to get your kids to learn how to make an appreciate good healthy food then head to the free healthy cooking demo for kids with The Kitchens chef Michelle and 8 year old Ruby in the Made in Galway Theatre of Food.
12pm: For a bit of lunch head to Quay Street for a BBQ with the The Front Door and McGeoughs artisan butchers as well as a pig on a spit outside Martines Quay Street.
1pm: For any paleo fans who can’t make it to the feast on Friday, Sauvage are hosting a free talk in An Taibhdhearc about how they opened the world’s first paleo restaurant.
1pm: For something a little bit different, The King’s Head are hosting a foodie themed comedy show with Tomie James (Tickets €10).
3pm: 50 Shades of Kale talk by The Malthouse in the Made in Galway Theatre of Food. I don’t know what more I can say about this one other than that I am very excited and intrigued…
7pm: For the chocolate lovers out there The Meyrick Gaslight Bar and Brasserie are serving up a chocolate inspired dinner tasting menu…I don’t think people will need much convincing to go to this one! (Tickets €36).
12pm: If you’re looking to really relax this weekend then why not treat yourself and a friend to afternoon tea in the beautiful G Hotel. The lounges are so pretty and if you’re looking to treat someone then this is perfect (€42 for two).
12pm: I already mentioned that I love the Galway markets so if you’re up for sampling them then Kai Restaurant are offering tours of the market where you can meet producers and sample products along the way. Kai is widely regarded as one of Galways best restaurants so this tour should be very good (Tickets €30 on Saturday and Sunday, €26 on Friday).
1pm: Irish Foodie experts Sally and John McKenna are giving a free talk on the 5th and 6th Sense in the Made in Galway Theatre of Food – which will definitely be of interest to any other foodies out there. Scientists used to think we only had four taste senses which were sweet, sour, salty and bitter but recently umami was added and now fat is being considered one.
2pm: Mr Waffle are running an Easter egg hunt for kids in Millenium Park. It’s free and the kids get a free Easter egg to take home but it needs to be pre-booked.
2.30pm: For a more grown up Easter Sunday why not head to Busker Brownes for some Chocolate and Beer tasting (Tickets €10).
4pm til late: Hopefully the rain will hold off long enough for the Westend Street Food Fair and Silent Disco which is always a great night (but tickets usually sell out fairly fast). The Food Fair will be held in the car park opposite Massimos followed by the Silent Disco on the street outside Roisin Dubh.
11am: If the weekend hasn’t completely taken it’s toll on you or you think a fresh stroll on the beach might be just what you need then this next event hosted by the Connemara Coast Hotel sounds really interesting. Bring your own wellies and buckets and you will be taken down to the seaside for a foraging walk followed by a light tasting lunch using foraged ingredients (Tickets €10).
3pm til 5pm: If you just can’t handle getting up early and heading out into the world then why not have a lie in and venture down to Eat @ Massimo in the afternoon and have some pig on a spit and maybe some hair of the dog…It’s all for a good cause with donations going to Crumlin Childrens Hospital.
5.30pm: To cap off what promises to be a wonderful weekend head to An Pucan for an Irish Food and Whiskey pairing. Having gotten a little taster session of this at their recent blogger event I can definitely say that this should be a great evening! (Tickets €25).
This promises to be a great weekend…but I may need to be rolled into work on Monday… 😉
The SuperFit Foodie