April 13th- 17th 2017
Since our beginning six years ago, the Galway Food Festival has played an increasingly significant role in highlighting the importance of good food provenance and food education throughout Galway and along the Wild Atlantic Way.
The theme of this year’s festival is 'Food and Community'.
Food is central to the stories we tell each other and is vital for forging a sense of community. Galway
is home to many different communities, both local and international. In an age of increased migration, we are witness to so many new people arriving in Galway bringing with them their own food culture. It is central that we marry these global cultures with our own in order a secure a brighter future for food. Together, we can make a change and make food a central part of our daily lives. Our Breaking Bread event on Easter Monday is one of the many events that seek to bring our community together.
As the only city located on the Wild Atlantic Way, Galway is in the pivotal position to animate the food story of the west of Ireland and to showcase to the world the wonderful food offering at the many culinary communities located along this captivating coastal touring route – counties Cork, Kerry, Clare, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal are represented in the festival.
Next year, Galway plays host to the European Region of Gastronomy. The European Region of Gastronomy aims to contribute to better quality of life in European regions, by highlighting distinctive food cultures. Galway Food Festival is a proud partner of this event and we see the festival as an integral part of this award for the region of Galway.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Local Enterprise Office & Failte Ireland, our sponsors, and our participants without whom the festival would not be possible.
I would also like to thank Galway City Museum for once again facilitating the festival.
Check out their programme on galwaycitymuseum.ie
Ba mhaith le Galway Food Festival buíochas a gabháil d’ár gcuid maoinitheoirí, urraitheoirí agus rannphairthithe uilig as ucht bhur gcuid tacaíochta ar fad i reachtáil na Féile seo. Tá súil againn go mbainfidh sibh sult agus séan as an deireadh seachtaine!
Enjoy the festival
JP McMahon (Chairperson)