Bay Coast Wild Atlantic Way Food Festival

To celebrate County Galway’s designation as a European Region of Gastronomy “The Bay Coast Wild Atlantic Way Food Festival” presents a gastronomic week of food experiences.

8th to 15th April on the Renvyle Peninsula and Killary Fjord. 

A European Region of Gastronomy Event 2018.

These experiences will reflect our local natural resources, our culture and our people.


Venue: Renvyle House Hotel
11:00 – 1:00pm: A Cookery Demonstration featuring local fish and Connemara Lamb with executive chef, author and Eurotoques Commissioner, Tim O’Sullivan.

Preparing and filleting of fish will be presented by fishmonger, Brendan McCarthy.

2:30pm: Departing from Renvyle House Hotel. A guided walk with renowned archaeologist, Michael Gibbons, “Along the Wild Atlantic Way”. Michael will tell us about the way of life of different past generations and eras – pointing out some interesting and significant landmarks along the way.

Venue: DK Connemara Oysters, Letterfrack.
10:00am: Meet in Lobby of hotel.
Travel to Letterfrack for an organised tour of the local Oyster Farm at Dawros Beg, Letterfrack with owner David Keane.

Venue: Renvyle House Hotel
2:00 pm: Tim and oyster farmer, John Ward will demonstrate the opening and shucking of oysters. Eating Oysters: Cooked & raw with tastings.

Venue: Killary Fjord
11:00 am: Visit a Mussel farm on Killary Fjord (Ireland’s only fjord) followed by a cruise on the fjord, with Killary Cruises on the “Connemara Lady”. Gastro lunch will be served during this spectacular sea journey – duration is approximately 1½ hours.

Venue: The Bridewell Brewery, Clifden.
3:00pm & 4:00pm: Brewery Tours and sampling this unique beer.
Tickets available at Reception; €10 per person. Tickets can also be bought direct.

Venue: Renvyle House Hotel
Pre-dinner, 6:00pm-7:00pm
A gastronomique matching of whiskey and food. Presented by Seamus Lowry, gourmand and whiskey master with tastings of some of Bushmills’ Premium Whiskeys.
Sponsored by Bushmills Distillery.

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11:30am: Cookery Demonstration and talk With Tim O’Sullivan and Catherine Nee, local Mussel farmer. “10 Ways to Cook Mussels” with tastings.

2:30pm: Aisling Rock, “European Young Chef of the Year, 2017”.  Aisling is a Culinary Arts student at Galway’s International Hotel School and she will demonstrate her winning dish.

4:00pm Cephalopod* Cookery – Presented by Sadie Davoren and Anne O’Leary, Culinary Art Lecturers at the Galway International Hotel School.*Cephalopods include squid, octopus, cuttlefish and nautilus.

Venue: Kylemore Abbey
11:00am – 4:00pm
A day of gastronomy at Kylemore Abbey with food writers John & Sally McKenna and executive chef John O’Toole. Celebrating foods of past and present as part of County Galway’s title of European Region of Gastronomy 2018. Learn all about our unique food heritage with jam making, chocolate tasting, garden tours, bee keeping, fish smoking, Connemara Lamb on a spit and lots more. We will also host some of County Galway’s best food producers with an open air food market featuring Goat’s cheese, honey, mussels, fresh fish, oysters and more.
A fun day for all the senses!

Food Village Experience from 12.00pm to 4.00pm

A tour of the Victorian Walled Garden with Head Gardener, Anja Gohlke who will be accompanied by John and Sally McKenna.

Venue: Renvyle Beach, Shoreline and Renvyle House.
“A day with John & Sally McKenna”
10.30am to 12 noon: “Foraging the Sea Shore with Sally McKenna”.

12 noon to 3pm: “The Bronze Age Cook In” (an fulacht fia). A full re-enactment of cooking during the Bronze Age on the grounds of Renvyle House. Enjoy food tastings from the pre-historic era.

“The European Region of Gastronomy Banquet”
Venue: Renvyle House Hotel
7.00pm: Pre-Dinner Reception kindly sponsored by J&C Kenny Wines, followed by a 5 course banquet dinner accompanied by ½ bottle of wine per person

Throughout the week there will be evening entertainment at Renvyle House Hotel from 9:30pm: includes gastronomy quiz and live music.



2 Bed & Breakfast, Saturday's night's 'Blue Coast Banquet' and cookery demonstrations


Festival Co-Ordinators
Renvyle House Hotel & Resort, Renvyle, Connemara, Co. Galway, H91 X8Y8, Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0)95 46100  |  Email:  |  Website:

Festival Partners
John & Sally McKenna, Marty Mussels,  DK Connemara Oysters Ltd., Dooncastle Oysters (John Ward), Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens, Michael Gibbons, Killary Cruises, GMIT, J&C Kenny, Wild Atlantic Way, Galway European Region of Gastronomy 2018, Galway County Council

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