Clayton Hotel Galway, and Galway in general place a very high emphasis on food, and the quality of this food from start to finish. Head Chef, Mat Bolanovsky, hopes that the hotel will play a large role in aiding in the promotion of the whole concept in 2018 by specifically focusing on quality produce from local food producers. With 195 bedrooms, conference facilities and a bar and restaurant, the hotel will provide the perfect link between food, hospitality, tourism and culture.
The whole concept of the European Region of Gastronomy award came from IGCAT experts, who recognised that the food, culture and tourism sectors had begun to join together and were somewhat intrinsically linked. They noticed that exciting developments were happening at a local level, which needed to be celebrated and encouraged.
Galway officially accepted the title at a meeting of International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT) experts in Denmark. The prestigious title was presented to newly-elected Mayor of Galway Noel Larkin and County Cathaoirleach Michael Connolly. The Galway bid titled – ‘‘From the Ground Up – Feeding our Future ’’ focused on five key areas – Education, Health & Sustainability, Supporting SMEs & Innovation, Cultural Diversity, Linking Urban and Rural. Galway’s key focus of these areas are Education and Health.
Education, is an area which will be hugely focused on throughout 2018. Many educational programmes have been planned to take place throughout the raining year in both primary and secondary schools around Galway city and county. The focus on education will be to inform the most important – our younger generation in an aim to re-introduce Gastronomy into the education curriculum – a move that the European Region of Gastronomy Platform fully supports. Clayton Hotel Galways experienced team of Chefs look forward to aiding in this education process.
Galway also hope to encourage and inspire chefs, farmers and food entrepreneurs to join together to develop food while working with whatever the specific region has to offer, as well as aligning with other food related industries.
The real focus here is to improve the quality of life, health and wellbeing for all the citizens of the country. This is why health was the second main focus.
As food is vital for health, and gastronomy is the art of eating well, the European Region of Gastronomy Platform have a number of aspirations. They hope that by showcasing Galway and all the local foods that are wholesome and healthy they will in turn contribute to raising awareness of health issues and promote healthy eating across the region.
Clayton Hotel Galway also hope to promote this in all areas of the hotel, and in all food offerings. With a heightened focus on the healthy menu options, and a concentration on using the highest quality locally sourced produce, Clayton Hotel Galway want to be at the heart of what this title is all about. With the successful introduction of the new healthy vitality breakfast in the Tribes Restaurant, this is an initiative that is being extended throughout the hotel. Chef has a passion for using local ingredients, examples of which include the delicious cod used in the Enclosure Bar & Bistros famous fish and chips dish. Cod is one of the most plentiful fish in Galway, thus making it one of our head chef’s choice of fish. Needless to say Galway has much more local food that can be sampled on any breakfast, lunch, or dinner menu at Clayton Hotel Galway.
Galway European Region of Gastronomy 2018 and Clayton Hotel Galway look forward to showcasing what Galway has to offer – good, healthy, fresh food. Why not celebrate Galway winning European Region of Gastronomy 2018, and pop into Clayton Hotel Galway to sample some of the delicious food on offer today.
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