Slow Food at the Burren

This weekend saw the 7th annual Burren Slow Food Festival take place in Lisdoonvarna.

It’s a great event run by the Slow Food group in Clare that invites food producers, consumers and industry experts to come together to experience and sample the grass roots of food culture in Ireland.

Slow Food is a group like no other, spanning 150 countries since 1989 the organization beliefs are based upon the following statement:

“Slow Food believes that everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of biodiversity, culture and knowledge that make this pleasure possible”.

Understanding the motivation behind Slow Food indicates that they are different, and the events they run come from the heart, and without any monetary or political agenda.

Last weekends event was such a typical Slow Food event in every manner of the word. It was based in a community centre in Lisdoonvarna and yet the likes of Richard Corrigan made sure he turn up to see what was going on.

The event is so much more than a food festival. The term food festival so often conjures a picture of food stalls lined along a city street, and often run for commercial means. Well, this festival is not run as a commercial event, but by a volunteer group that are passionate about food, where it comes from, it’s producers, and promoting everything local.

The Burren event was a chance to sample local artisan foods, meet local producers and growers, engage with fellow foodies, and enjoy cookery demonstrations from well-known chefs.

The producers that attended the market were not the familiar market aficionados but small scale cottage industries. These small businesses are an important backbone and testground for our food culture in Ireland.

From one mans locally produced hedgerow wines to a selection of locally foraged seaweed snacks there truly was a taste of Clare at that market.

Our very own Jess took part in a live cooking demo with JP from Aniar producing a wonderful wild salmon ceviche with a lovely wild salmon that turned up that morning, while JP showed onlookers how to pan fry raywing.

Other super events held over the weekend included Seaweed Foraging, guided walks, beer tasting and talks on the Atlantic Coastal Food Community hosted by John and Sally McKenna.

It was a big, wholesome, organic event that gave so much more than any foodie could ask for, and all run by people who love food.

If you can go next year put it top of your list for Food Festivals in 2014. We go every year and it never disappoints!


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