Halla Bia Brings First Indoor Food Hall to Galway During Food Festival

Galway Food Festival with support from Local Enterprise Office Galway are delighted to bring Halla Bia, a vibrant indoor market and food hall to Galway for the first time.

Halla Bia will showcase the very best of Irish artisan produce at the Connacht Tribune Print Works, Market Street, Galway from 14-16 April from 10am to 6pm during the Festival.

Halla Bia provides an opportunity for small local food and drink producers to showcase and sell their products. Local Enterprise Office Galway have linked up with their colleagues in Local Enterprise Offices along the Wild Atlantic Way to bring a wide range of amazing local food producers to Galway. Producers from Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Donegal will be selling their products at the indoor market over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Breda Fox, Head of Local Enterprise Office Galway said: “We urge you all to make your way to Halla Bia - Local Enterprise Food Hall over the Easter weekend and meet small producers from along the West coast such as Sabanero Cheese and Ivy House Chocolates from Galway, Linalla ice-cream from Clare, The Gluten Free Kitchen Company from Kerry and plant-based vegan producer, The Légumerie from Donegal.”

A highlight event at Galway Food Festival, Halla Bia is part of the wider effort within Galway to encourage and promote local food and drink producers who are growing and creating employment throughout the region. Local Enterprise Office Galway also supports this initiative as part of the European Region of Gastronomy 2018.

Festival organiser, and owner of Builín Blasta Café and Bakery in Spiddal, Heather Flaherty, said: “The addition of Halla Bia to this year’s festival is allowing us to bring even more fantastic Irish producers to Galway. The strength of the festival is in the interaction of consumers with bakers, butchers, farmers, chefs and local producers. That interaction strengthens people’s relationships with the food they eat and results in a healthier community and a stronger economy. Everyone benefits and it is a good example of the need for a dedicated daily market in Galway.”

Additional food producers will include The Gluten Free Kitchen Company in Kerry; Westport Grove in Mayo; Spiced with Love in Offaly; Clanwood Farm in Offaly; O’Brien’s Farmhouse Cheese in Limerick; Merci Beaucoup Cakes Creation in Meath; The Légumerie in Donegal; Burren Smokehouse in Clare; and Mariko in Mayo; Galway producers will include Builín Blasta Café and Bakery; Ivy House Chocolates; Brown Bag Donuts; Sabanero Cheese; Bia Oisin; Cake Emporium; Gran Grans Foods; Cakes Devoured; Bake; Lucky Bites; The Bread Shed; Healthy Treats Kitchen; Curry and Spice; and Murrays.

In 2018, Galway plays host to the European Region of Gastronomy, which aims to contribute to a better quality of life in European regions, by highlighting distinctive food cultures. Galway Food Festival is a proud partner of this event and recognises the festival as an integral part of the European Region of Gastronomy award for the region of Galway.

Galway Food Festival would like to thank its funders, Galway City Council, Local Enterprise Office Galway, Fáilte Ireland, Galway County Council, main sponsor Pallas Foods, supporting sponsors and participants without whom the festival would not be possible.

For more information on Halla Bia email Ricky Conneely at rconneely@leo.galwaycoco.ie.

Galway Food Festival will run from the 13-17 April. Full Programme details are available at www.galwayfoodfestival.com. Follow Galway Food Festival on Facebook and on Twitter @Galwayfood and #GFF17.

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Gwen O’Sullivan
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