Burren Food Fayre 2013
Join us October Bank Holiday, we have 18 local Artisan Food Producers, 4 cookery demonstrations covering preparing seafood, using local meats and artisan foods, gluten free baking and preparing dishes with foraged foods, talks on and tasting of wine and chocolate, and a workshop on home-made foods.
The Burren MASTERCHEF competition is one highlight with categories for Secondary Schools and Adults, which all are invited to participate in with prizes such as a course for two at Bunratty Cookery School and Ballymaloe Cookery School and others for runners up.The Burren MASTERCHEF competition will see blind tastings by three judges, last years winner Richard Morrison, Donnagh Gregson, Bunratty Cookery School and Chef, John Sheedy, of Sheedy’s Hotel & Restaurant.
In the morning you can take part in Cattle Droving from Fanore to the Winterage above on the Burren and then head for Lisdoonvarna for your lunch and some fun at the Burren Food Fayre starting at 12.30 with a Family Food Workshop for 9+and Wine tasting.
Venue: The Pavilion (Town Hall) Lisdoonvarna
Cost: FREE entry
This event is organised by the Burren Ecotourism Network and Burren Food Trail in conjunction with Burren Beo Winterage Festival.
12.30-1.30pm Pasta-Making Workshop with Fiona Cartright
Open to all ages. Sponsored by Lisdoonvarna Community Council.
1.00-2.30pm Burren Masterchef Competition
Cooked, plated dishes to be submitted for display and tasting.
Judging Panel: Donnagh Gregson (Bunratty Cookery School), John Sheedy (Sheedy’s Hotel & Restaurant) and Richard Morrison (2012 Burren Masterchef Winner).
1.00-5.00pm Burren Food Stalls with tastings of local produce
2.30-5.00pm Food Demonstrations & Talks
5.00pm Announcement of the Winners of the Burren Masterchef Competition
1st Prize: Lunch and half-day cookery course for two people at Ballymaloe Cookery School, courtesy of Darina Allen
Runner-Up Prize: Dinner for Two at Cassidy’s Pub & Restaurant, Carron, courtesy of Robert & Michelle Casssidy.
1st Prize: One day cookery course at Bunratty Cookery School, courtesy of Donnagh Gregson
Runner-up Prize: Afternoon Tea for Four at Father Ted’s, Glanquin House, courtesy of Cheryl & Patrick McCormick.
Prize: Dinner for Two at Restaurant Chez Azur Galway, family voucher for Doolin Cave and other attractive prizes.
5.30pm Announcement of the “Taste of the Fayre Award” and the “Most Attractive Stall Award”
1.00pm Official Opening of the Burren Food Fayre
Donnagh Gregson, Chairperson of Clare Tourism Forum
2.00pm Introduction to Fine Wine
Talk & Tastings by Cathleen Connole, Burren Fine Wine & Foods, Ballyvaughan
2.30pm Seafood Dishes you can Cook at Home
Cookery demonstration by Chefs Ken Stembridge and Ian Daly of Restaurant Chez Azur, Galway.
3.00pm Taste of the Wild Atlantic Way
Talk and presentation Deborah Evers and Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith, Fáilte Ireland Food Ambassadors
3.30pm A Burren Winter Dish, combining local foraged and artisan ingredients
Cookery demonstration by Ross Quinn, Vasco Dine Wine Deli, Fanore.
4.00pm Is Chocolate Really Healthy?
Talk and tastings by Matthew Norrish, Magic Mayan Chocolate, Kilfenora.
4.30pm Deconstructing Food Perspectives – Using Food in Creative Ways
Cookery Demonstration by Cate Conway, Bonnie Blue Bakery, Ennistymon.
Burren Food Fayre 2012
The first Food Fayre was held as part of the Winterage Festival in October 2012 and was a huge success. There was a cookery competition, food demonstrations, food, wine and home brewed beer tastings plus stalls selling local artisan produce.
Slow Food Clare
Sample local artisan foods, meet local producers and growers, engage with fellow foodies, and enjoy cookery demonstrations from well-known chefs. Slow Food Clare happens annually in May.
See Burren Smokehouse Gallery for all photos of this years Burren Slow Food Festival.
The 8th annual Burren Slow Food Festival will take place in The Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare in May 2014.
Video from the Slow Food Festival by Sally McKenna