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Burren GEOfood producers showcased in Irish Food and Drink Festival!

Several GEOfood producers from the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark have showcased their products at this year’s ‘Clare Food and Drink Fleadh’ which was held recently.

The event which was hosted in various locations in Ennis and throughout the county highlighted the rich artisan food and drink culture in the area. Events included an artisan food market, cocktail competition, junior bake-off, ‘Meet the Maker’ events as well as live music throughout the town.

 So far nine food and drink producers in the Burren have signed up to the GEOfood brand, with four taking part in these ‘Meet the Maker’ events.  The producers were the Burren Smokehouse – an artisan seafood company; St Tola Irish Goat Cheese, a producer of a variety of artisan cheeses; Burren Farm Experience, producer of grass fed beef and Wild Kitchen, who specialise in seaweed foraging and cooking demonstrations.

Oonagh O’Dwyer, owner of ‘Wild Kitchen’ hosted her event in Lahinch, a popular seaside village on the west coast of Ireland.  Those who attended enjoyed finding out more about the different types of seaweed on the coast, followed by tastings.

The GEOfood initiative had its Irish launch at the Burren Slow food festival in May is a global brand that distinguishes food grown or produced within or adjacent to a UNESCO Global Geopark. Producers must provide accurate information on how the GEOfood promotes the growth of seasonal fresh produce that supports biodiversity and ensures animal welfare.

Carol Gleeson, Manager of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark said: “We are delighted that four of our GEOfood producers took part in the Clare Food and Drink Fleadh. Not only was it an opportunity for them to showcase their own grown products and promote local food, but it also has the benefit of improving the local economy and reducing food miles.”

For more information on the GEOfood initiative in Ireland go to: https://www.burrengeopark.ie/geofood/

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