Galway Food Festival to Take Hiatus for 2019

Galway Food Festival will not go ahead this year, the event revealed today in a statement.

Organisers say the event is taking a break for 2019 ‘to reflect on its position and impact in the food community in Galway, and to look into funding opportunities for expanding and developing the future of the festival.’ According to the statement, it will return in 2020.

Since 2012, Galway Food Festival gained national and international recognition and has become one of Ireland’s most celebrated events. More than 70,000 people attended last year which saw over 100 food outlets and producers from across Galway and its hinterland taking part. Read Travel Ireland’s report about the event here.

JP McMahon, Chairperson of the​ Galway Food Festival, said in a statement: “​Over the past seven years, Galway Food Festival has been crucial in establishing the county as a food destination. Its legacy has been continued in various ways, such as through Food On The Edge which grew out of it and will be returning this year.”

Over the years, Galway Food Festival has provided opportunities for local food and drink producers to develop their businesses. Eugene Greaney, Co-Owner of The Dough Bros said, “​We first took part in the Galway Food Festival in 2014 when we had been trading for nine months, and it was a real landmark moment for us in our journey.”

“We were set up in the Spanish Arch and for three days people queued for up to an hour for our pizza – you can’t imagine the confidence that gave us. At that point we knew we had something that people wanted, and needed to take our business to a bigger audience which led to our pop-up shop. The rest as they say is history but the Galway Food Festival really was the springboard for this.”

Galway Food Festival ended the statement thanking the funding agencies, sponsors and people who supported them over the past seven years and expressing excitement to return next year.

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