Taking place from the 28th to the 30th of April 2017 in Tullycross, Renvyle, Co. Galway, the annual Connemara Mussel festival will celebrate its 12th year of international success. This spring festival inspires and enchants locals and visitors from overseas who flock to the heart of Connemara in order to experience this renowned event filled to the brim with fun and delights for all.
Serving up another eclectic weekend, Connemara Mussel Festival is one of the first major annual celebrations on the Wild Atlantic’s ‘Taste the Atlantic’ route. Three days of culinary and artistic adventures await young and old at one of Ireland’s most unique and diverse festivals which is recognised as the premier food event for Connemara. The European Region of Gastronomy for 2018 begins right here at the Connemara Mussel Festival, 2017 – the festival marquee will play host to yet another exciting programme of west of Ireland inspired food events.
This prestigious mussel festival is nestled amidst Connemara’s picturesque, breath-taking landscape and rugged coastline where the rhythmic pulse of Atlantic Ocean kindles its own symphony. Each year Killary Harbour produces up to 2,000 tonnes of mussels, providing local employment that gives sustainable use of the natural marine resource.
This thriving industry is a year round employer in this remote North Connemara coastal community. The Festival is of enormous importance to the coastal community which generated half a million euro from the 3 day event in 2016.
Festival Chairman Gerard Coyne said that “This year’s festival has a stellar line up for all. Both the mussel industry and the festival are thriving which is of huge importance to local people”.
Killary Harbour’s exclusive mix of fresh and salt water is said to give Killary mussel’s their distinctive sweet flavour. Representatives from tourism and aquaculture industries will visit Renvyle this year for the Mussel Festival. Voted ‘Best Food Festival’ by the acclaimed McKennas’ Guides in 2014 honouring the Killary mussels this little festival continues to go from strength to strength while still retaining its community atmosphere and west coast charm.
The Festival is a celebration of the people, food, culture and heritage of north-west Connemara. It is a feast for the senses where everyone can taste beautifully cooked local produce by some of the finest chef’s in the country. With a repertoire of exciting activities including guided walks in Connemara’s majestic scenery such as the Sacred Mountain hike on Letterhill; drama presentations and theatrical storytelling; and talks on a variety of subjects, including organic vegetable gardening, local archaeology, a talk by Anne Hodge on superb 19th century English watercolourist William Evans and other topics of particular relevance to the cultural heritage of the area.
The highly anticipated James Patrick Kilbane, a multi-platinum selling Christian country, gospel, country, and Irish singer will also be performing at the festival. Still very much a community effort, events and exhibitions take place in just about every available space in and around the village.
As the sun sets over the steady heartbeat of Killary Harbour there will be a variety of craic and ceol available in the local pubs. You will find yourself visualising in Connemara’s glorious vastness and the hypnotic, palpitating pulse of the sea. A truly remarkable and memorable weekend awaits you which is not to be missed!
For more information about the festival please log onto www.connemaramusselfestival.com
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