Third time out for Burren Food Fayre

FOOD lovers from all over Ireland will descend on the Burren later this month as the third annual Burren Food Fayre returns to Lisdoonvarna. The Fayre, which is organised by the Burren Ecotourism Network and the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, will feature a comprehensive programme of food demonstrations and talks, hosted by food writers, producers, nutritionists and restaurants from throughout the area.
This year’s event will also feature a range of workshops, walks and food stall displays with tastings to cater for the estimated 1,500 people expected to pass through The Pavilion in Lisdoonvarna on the day.
This year’s Fayre is also inviting budding chefs to create a dish comprising home-grown ingredients and wild and foraged foods from around the Burren. The judging panel for the Burren Masterchef Cookery Competition, which features two categories for adults and secondary school students, includes Willie McCurdy, Valerie O’Connor and John Sheedy.
“This festival invites members of the public to really ‘taste’ the Burren where local food producers and restaurants have established a reputation for providing quality, locally produced and sourced food,” said Tina O’Dywer of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark.
“For example, menus in local restaurants provide state the source of local produce, information on local food events, as well as a true commitment to maximise the use of local ingredients in prepared food. There is also ongoing investment by the local business community, supported by the Burren Ecotourism Network and Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, in food education, training, development and employment.”
The 2014 Burren Food Fayre takes place from 12.30pm to 5.00pm on Sunday, October 26. Visit www.burren.ie for more details.

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