Galway has been awarded the European Region of Gastronomy 2018 and its aim is to contribute to better quality of life in European regions, by highlighting distinctive food cultures, educating for better health and sustainability and stimulating gastronomic innovation.
Galway has been awarded the European Region of Gastronomy 2018 and its aim is to contribute to better quality of life in European regions, by highlighting distinctive food cultures, educating for better health and sustainability and stimulating gastronomic innovation. The European Region of Gastronomy is a project conceived and promoted by IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism).
Galway stretches from the small green fields and stone walls at the north of the county, east to the rich farmlands of the Shannon River basin, south to the unique karst landscape of the Burren and into the west to Galway city, the trout fishing capital of Europe, Lough Corrib, and the hills of Connemara, and along the wild, rugged Atlantic coast to our islands. Galway’s rich soils and mild maritime climate produce grass that enables a strong and sustainable agricultural sector.
Galway has one of the highest densities of restaurants in the country and our chefs work tirelessly with producers to promote the best of our region’s bounty on their menus.
The Galway bid for the European Region of Gastronomy 2018, entitled ‘From the Ground Up – Feeding our Future’ focused on five key areas – Education & Health, Linking Urban and Rural, for more info on Galway’s Bid Book click here.
The main five focus areas for Galway for 2018 are:
- Education & Health
- Linking Urban and Rural
- Cultural Diversity
- Sustainability and Feeding the Plant
- Supporting SMEs and Innovation
Galway European Region of Gastronomy 2018 and Clayton Hotel Galway look forward to show casing what Galway has to offer – good, healthy and fresh food.
Galway continues to promote local food festivals throughout the year, here are a few of the upcoming festivals in Galway during 2017.
- Galway Food Festival – 13th – 17th April
- Connemara Mussel Festival – 24th April – 1st May
- Burren Slow Food Festival – 12th – 14th May
- Bia Lover – Food Festival in Athenry – 16th – 18th June
- SeaFest – National Maritime Festival – 30th June – 2nd July
- Clarinbridge Oyster Festival – 8th – 10th September (TBC)
- Galway International Oyster Festival – 22nd – 24th September