Thursday, 24 September 2015

Autumn Forage 2015

Our next event is very soon

Sunday, October 4th at 12 noon 

Petersburg Outdoors Education Centre, Clonbur, Co. Galway. 

Join us for a mushroom hunt, cookery demonstrations, wild foods and much more. Our pizza oven is back in action!

Slow Food Galway members €12
Non members €20
Kate – 087 9312333 
Cáit – 087 2311580 
Members are asked to bring along a dessert.

Booking essential 
Please contact:   Kate – 087 9312333 or Cáit – 087 2311580 

Directions: •Drive through Cong village follow the signs for An Fhairche (Clonbur). In Clonbur village turn right off the main road for the Finny road. • continue on this road for 2km. • shortly after the football pitch there is a road to the right marked by two stone pillars. Petersburg Outdoor Activity Centre• continue up this drive, the centre is located at the end of this drive.

Please wear suitable boots and clothing for the great outdoors!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Sunday August 23rd
The Galway Goat Farm

Some photos of the pig on a spit from our latest event at the Galway Goat Farm in Dunmore
Pictures of the goats to follow

Friday, 24 April 2015

Slow Food Story, Global to Galway.

 "This documentary is the story of a revolution. A slow revolution, a revolution at a snail’s pace".
Have a read of this review of 'Slow Food Story' written by Slow Food member Anne Marie Carroll for The Galway Advertiser following the last screening of the movie in Galway during the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2013, in advance of our own screening of the Slow Food Story movie this coming Monday night.

Stefano Sardo, director of 'Slow Food Story' pictured after the screening at the Galway Rowing Club.
I like stereotypes. They save me time. If you go along with your first impression, you have all the time in the world to change your mind afterwards. So naturally I assumed the Galway Slow Food Movement were a right shower of hippies. Dog-on-a-string, dream catcher-owning, hummus-eating hippies. With Birkenstocks. However, having met several of them over the last year I am glad to report them to be a lovely bunch.  Maybe some of them do like hummus or have a dog, but they certainly didn't fit at all well into my stereotype.

So I was happy to see advertised a documentary screening as part of the Galway Film Fleadh, in the Town Hall Theater, about the revolution of the Slow Food Movement since its inception in Italy 25 years ago. Members of Slow Food Galway were invited to go along to Sheridan's Wine Bar for a pre-movie reception.  I wasn't a member but I gate crashed anyway.

The Slow Food Movement was established in Italy as a response to the dominance of fast food chains, supermarkets, and large-scale agri-business. Defending 'the universal right to pleasure', it promotes food production and consumption based on 'good, clean, and fair' local products. Small producers, ethical farmers and individuals (Galway's own convivium was established in 2009) have joined together to continue this work on a local level.

This documentary is the story of a revolution. A slow revolution,. A revolution at a snail’s pace.  Stefano Sardo, the director who crafted this little documentary full of memories, old photos and archive footage, was uniquely placed to make it, having been born and raised in Bra within the movement, being the son of Piero Sardo, co-founder of the association. 'Slow Food Story' is a tale of family, friendship and a village that, in addition to producing good wine and food, gave birth to a man of genius dubbed by Time Magazine as 'A European hero', Carlo Petrini. Known as ‘Carlìn’, he is the man who invented Slow Food and Terra Madre.

It documents a group of friends in a provincial town, their political passions, fun loving and carefree existence. The film shows the charismatic Petrini and how, through his outreach activities, Slow Food has developed independently and almost regardless of its founder, creating a movement that now exists in 150 countries.

As 'Slow Food Story'  takes a walk through Galway Market with Seamus Sheridan, one of our own local food heroes, it reminds us that every little corner of the world is filled with people mindful of the health of the planet, attempting to promote healthy and sustainable food culture. Seamus Sheridan, a curator of cheeses, a teller of stories and a generous spirit, is the epitome of 'Slow Food' in Galway. He passes the children slices of Comte or jelly beans when we visit him on a Saturday, sometimes a glass of prosecco is pressed into to your hand. He is a man who takes pleasure in the pleasure of others. Seamus is not so much the 'face' of food in Galway but for many who know him, he is the 'soul'.

The film was followed by a wine and canapé reception, with a Q & A session and discussion chaired by JP McMahon (EatGalway) following the screening with the film’s director Stefano Sardo, Seamus Sheridan and Galway Slow Foods own Kate O' Dwyer.

The Movement is about big concepts, food miles, biodiversity, respect for the land, impoverishment of the soil and the use of chemical fertilizers, the return to organic agricultural practices, the absurd privatization of seed, the Zero Hunger program. But the key to its success is in grasping the idea that things can change and that anyone can make a difference, even just starting with something as 'small' as what we put on our own table.

A documentary that is inspiring and educational without particularly aiming to be. It even dispelled the last vestiges of my 'hippy' stereotype. In fact, I am now a card carrying Slow Food member. 'Slow Food Story' is a necessary film, it speaks to a world that has lost the value of place and memory, it praises identity in these times of disrespect, and is well worth watching if you get the opportunity.

Now where can I get some Birkenstocks?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Slow Food Story Movie Night.

We are kick starting our events this year with a showing of 'Slow Food Story', a movie night in the Kings Head, High Street, Galway on Monday 27th April @ 7pm. This Movie is about the inception of how the Slow Food Movement evolved 25 years ago in Italy. It gives a fantastic insight about what slow food is about... a gastronomic revolution!

Booking is advisable as space is limited! Call Maria on 086-3637357 to book your place.
Cost €5 members €8 non members. Slow Food Canapés Included. Everyone welcome :-)

Check out the trailer for the movie here.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Press Release St. Brigid’s Day Banquet

Slow Food Galway to Ring in Spring with Gourmet St. Brigid’s Day Banquet in Aid of Local Charities

Tuesday 13th January 2015: A gourmet banquet which promises to be a highlight of Slow Food Galway’s culinary year will be held on the first day of spring, 1st February, 2015 at LOAM restaurant, Galway. The banquet, which will showcase local produce and food producers, is being held to raise funds for local charities - COPE catering, Galway; Clowns Without Borders, Ireland; and a Slow Food funded project, Ten Thousand Gardens in Africa.

“We had no difficulty agreeing on these organisations to benefit from the banquet”, said Kate O’Dwyer of the organising committee. “COPE does brilliant work in the community in Galway; the Gardens for Africa project is already giving a voice to communities and delivering local expertise to food producers throughout the continent; Clowns Without Borders, although not well known, is active in Ireland and many countries and brings joy and laughter to children living in conflict zones and those dealing with suffering and illness”.

All of the food served at the banquet will be sourced locally. “The promotion of local food producers and the enjoyment of food are integral to the Slow Food philosophy so we decided to make it a Galway food dinner,” said Kate. “All produce will be sourced within the county to demonstrate the quality and range of produce available in Galway”.

The banquet will begin with canapés and traditional music to mark St. Brigid’s Day and welcome the arrival of spring. A five course menu showcasing the best of local produce will follow and specially selected Slow Wines will accompany the food.

“We are delighted that Enda McEvoy agreed to hold the banquet in LOAM (,” said Kate. “His reputation as one of the most creative chefs in Ireland will ensure an exciting dining experience for everyone”.

Tickets for the event are €75 per person and are limited so early booking is advised.

Contact Eileen 086 8533395; Kate 087 9312333 or Cáit 087 2311580 or go to for further information.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

St. Brigid’s Day Banquet at LOAM

Slow Food Galway and LOAM Restaurant are teaming up on Sunday February 1st at 5pm for a St. Brigid’s Day Banquet, to raise money for the following projects and charities:

Join us for a culinary experience lead by Enda McEvoy and Conor Cockram at LOAM. A night not to be missed.
Tickets can be purchased from:
Eileen – 086 8533395
Kate – 087 9312333
Cáit – 087 2311580

Friday, 9 January 2015

A review of our events in 2014

February 10th  AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Slow Food Galway took place at The Cottage Bar in Salthill.
The meeting was followed by a tasting of local craft beers accompanied by finger food

March 9th  Cheese & Wine Tasting
Hosted by Seamus Sheridan from Sheridan’s Cheesemongers and Tagdh Byrne From Woodberry’s Wine. This event took place in the award winning Oscars Seafood Bistro.

April 2nd - Protest against open Pen Fish Farms in Galway Bay at the BIM National Seafood Conference which was held at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin

April 20th  Cookery Demonstration at Galway Food Festival
At this event we showcased local produce and seasonal wild foods, and the possible use of those ingredients in three separate dishes.

May 4th  Spring Forage
Spring Forage led by Mary Bulfin at the Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen in Kylebrack, Loughrea.

May 6th - Second Protest against open Pen Fish Farms in Galway Bay outside the Galway Business School G. C. I House in Salthill were Taoiseach Enda Kenny was a guest of honour at the Galway Chamber and Business School meeting

August 10th – A Celebration of Bees and Honey at CAIT CURRAN ORGANIC HOLDING. This event incorporated all areas related to bees! Talks on beekeeping with an observation hive for show. Honey tasting. Books, Bee by-products & Cooking with honey.

September 7th – Grandmothers Day Celebration
September 7th is International Grandmothers’ Day. (Details to be announced later in the year!)

October 12th – Bia at the borders!
Slow Food Galway meets Slow Food Mayo in Petersburg, Cong for Our Terra Madre Day Celebrations.

December 15th  – Slow Food Galway Christmas Event at Rustic Grub, comprising a 3 course Dinner from local produce, which started off with native Clarinbridge oyster and a Prosecco reception in Sherrys Bar, Clarinbridge.

Friday, 2 January 2015


The Irish Government has applied for a licence for 15,000 ton 1,126acres salmon farms in Galway Bay to be leased a to a multinational for up to 10 years . This has the potential to create an environmental catastrophe. This is the 1st application. The Government wants to increase licence capacity to 150,000 tons on the west coast of Ireland. Please click on the picture above and help by signing this petition.