Galway Food Festival 2017 to Celebrate ‘Food and the Community’

The sixth annual Galway Food Festival will take place over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend from 13–17 April. This year the festival’s theme will celebrate the relationship between Food and the Community through an innovative food programme of over 100 events, focusing on Galway’s 21st Century cultural identity through food.

Galway has a growing reputation as the Food Capital of the Wild Atlantic Way and has been selected as the European Region of Gastronomy for 2018.

The festival features an extensive programme of talks, workshops, tours and in-house events, and it will encourage people to reconnect with where their food comes from, tapping back into our knowledge of what nature can provide for us.

Commenting on this year’s festival theme, organiser, Heather Flaherty said: “Food is not just fuel for the body. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. And we nourish all those things when we eat well. When we start trying to make healthier choices, we discover many of the choices that are good for our own personal health are also good for the environment, our community, and our local economy. It’s a virtuous cycle. Choosing the right food for our bodies and mind helps the environment and the farmers. There’s an incredible ripple effect way beyond that one choice. Every day, citizens are creating a better world through their individual and community food choices.

We want to get Galway asking questions. What are the choices that we make about food? What can we do as a member of a community? Can we influence how our children’s school looks at food and their role in purchasing and growing food? Is there something you can do with your friends or your colleagues?”

Festival events celebrating Food and the Community will include the pairing of diverse community groups with award-winning chefs to work together in creating a healthier and happier life through good food. Sports teams will visit community gardens to learn about healthy eating; immigrant communities living in Galway will come together to share their food culture; linking different sectors within the food industry and challenging them to work together; and a massive ‘community pot luck’ – a tradition where families or guests bring a cultural dish from their particular country of origin and is shared among the community.

Breaking Bread, a community driven event will bring together various cultural, religious, sporting and special interest groups to share food, stories and ideas. The event will be hosted by Galway Food Festival in conjunction with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and hopes to create a legacy of community inclusion and collaboration that will include a charity food drive taking place at the Spanish Arch on Easter Monday.

Galway Food Festival and Slow Food Galway will collaborate to present the Grandmother’s Day Competition, which takes place on Good Friday during the Festival. The competition is open to 4th and 5th class students who are being asked to have a conversation with, and explore food recipes with their Grandmother (or Grandfather, Aunt, Uncle, Parent) and each student with their class must submit a food story, cook one of the recipes shared with them and continue the tradition of passing down recipes from each generation to young people.

Hotel Meyrick will partner with CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices at NUI Galway, to host a Children’s workshop on Molecular Gastronomy. On this very special afternoon their scientists will become masters of the molecular wacky, and children will be their willing assistants. The workshop will be a fun way for kids to explore how natural materials are used in medicine, and how they are designed to deliver biomolecules. Children can also participate in a hands-on activity creating their own flavoured ‘energy spheres’ alongside CÚRAM scientists.

Halla Bia, will see Galway’s very first indoor market showcasing over 40 indigenous food producers and suppliers throughout the West of Ireland who will showcase their produce in the old Connacht Tribune Printing Works in the city centre. This festival initiative is in partnership with the Local Enterprise Office. Halla Bia will be open to the public from Good Friday, 14 April through to Easter Sunday, 16 April.

Visitors can once again savour the many foods available at the open air markets and Festival Village at Fishmarket Square in the Spanish Arch. Additional events will include an extended food trail, the ever popular talks at Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre, the ‘Made in Galway’ demo tent and an expansion of the eclectic programme of Food Tours. There will be lots of in-house events that will include exciting pop ups, cocktail classes, wine and whiskey tastings and a comprehensive schedule of talks on a range of topical issues within the food and drinks industry.

For further information contact [email protected]

Full Programme details available at www.galwayfoodfestival.com

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