On Monday 8th October, we will depart from Galway and travel to the Burren where will meet members of the Burren Food Trail, who are bound by their commitment to building a sustainable future for the region.
As part of our tour we will visit the following:
RED BANK FOOD COMPANY
With over thirty-five years of experience in exporting fine shellfish from the West of Ireland, Redbank Food Company supplies some of the finest restaurants and seafood importers around the globe. Its founder Gerry and his daughter Ciara grow the oysters and export as far away as the UAE. Passionate about oysters, Gerry tells wonderful stories about how he built his business, with his experience as a marine biologist and will talk you through the steps of how the oysters are grown and held. Their expert knowledge of good shellfish allows them to select only the best oysters, mussels and clams, and they pride themselves on an ability to pack to requirement. You will also get a chance to enjoy some of the worlds most magnificent oysters!
This is seafood at it’s very, very best!
TOLA GOATS CHEESE
St Tola Irish Goat Cheese Farm has achieved exceptional critical acclaim since its launch over twenty-five years ago.
At St Tola Cheese, they are passionate about sustainable farming. From young, fresh crottin through to mature, year old Gouda, all their cheeses are handmade and matured to suit customers’ individual requirements.
During this interactive tour, Irish Pubs Global guests will meet Siobhan Ní Ghairbhith and John Harrington who will talk us through the process of cheese-making with a demonstration, followed by a full tasting. We will then get the opportunity to visit the goats sheds, where Siobhán will explain the farming side of the business.
THE ROADSIDE TAVERN
We will stop for lunch at the fantastic Road Side Tavern in Lisdoonvarna, named “Pub of the Year” in County Clare for 2018 at the Irish Restaurant Awards. The Roadside Tavern has been run by the Curtin Family since 1893 making it one of the oldest pubs in the Burren area.
Established in Lisdoonvarna in 1989 by owners Birgitta and Peter Curtin, this family-run business exclusively sources Irish quality raw materials to produce superb smoked Irish organic salmon, in their highly acclaimed artisan smokehouse.
As part of our interactive event, attendees will meet with Birgitta and Peter for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the process of smoking fish and enjoy a tasting of the famous Burren smoked salmon.
Following on from the first stop on our food tour, at shellfish producers the Redbank Food Company, participants at the Gathering 2018 will come away with exclusive insights and knowledge in how to feature seafood in their businesses.
GALWAY HOOKER BREWERY
Galway Hooker gets its name from the iconic sailing boats used to navigate the North Atlantic Ocean. Designed originally as fishing craft, these boats were used chiefly for carrying goods such as livestock, turf and more importantly beer across the Galway Bay from Connemara to the Aran Islands and the Burren.
Nestled in the stunning surrounds of the Wild Atlantic Way, Galway Hooker is an independent, artisan brewery dedicated to the production of high quality, natural and full flavoured beers. All of their beers are craft brewed by combining the finest ingredients with traditional brewing techniques. The result is a fantastic range of beers that have received numerous awards, including Gold Medals at the Irish Food Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Attendees will join Head brewer, Aidan Murphy, on an exclusive tour of the brewery and experience the brewing process first-hand, followed by a tasting of Galway Hooker beer.