On Saturday April 7th, we headed south for the 2012 Galway Food Festival. The website showed a jam packed itinerary of events but we really loved the look of the ‘Cooking for Kids’ demo by Jacinta Dalton and Cormac Handy (The FoodieForum team from GMIT) at 11am so we were aiming for that. We arrived in plenty of time, surprisingly there was very little traffic. In fact, the streets were so quiet, we were worried that we’d got the wrong weekend. However as we arrived as the Spanish Arch, we could see all the tents!
We had some breakfast in the form of a scrummy sausage bap from the lovely chaps from Castlemine while we waited for the demo to be setup. Castlemine run a farm shop in Roscommon, not that far away from us here in Sligo so we’d love to pop over to visit them at some stage.
There was a full (and noisy) house for the kids cooking demo. Jacinta and Cormac showed how easy it was to cook their take on ‘junk food’. They made pizza dough, pizza sauce, chicken goujons, fishcakes and even homemade lemonade. The parents loved watching how easy it was to prepare and make these dishes and the kids there loved sampling the end products. All their recipes are listed on TheHandyKitchen.com so check it out if you’re looking inspiration. We’ll try some of them with the kids over the next week or two and let you know how we get on.
After the demo, we wandered around the tents and tried lots of different things. One of the favourites of the day were the succulent prawns and crab claws from ‘Window to the Sea’ based in Connemara. The kids couldn’t get enough of them.
We later tried some strawberries and fruit coated in delicious chocolate from a spectacular fountain. Two minutes later, we had very tasty sushi and noodles from the next stand! We definitely didn’t need anything else to eat for the rest of the afternoon!
We spoke to the lovely fishmongers behind the new website www.fishmongers.ie which was being launched at the festival. I love the idea behind the site as it’s trying to take the fear factor out of fish. With recipes and video instructions on how to prepare and cook different types of fish, I know that we will be referencing this site here in our house!
After spending the night in Galway, we finished off our trip with a visit to The Gourmet Tart in Salthill. This was recommended to us by Mona Wise from www.wisewords.ie who I met at a food blogging debate. Thanks Mona, you were right, the food was fantastic. James and I had the most wonderful Roasted Vegetable and Goats Cheese tart and salad while the kids loved their bacon and cabbage soup.
Well done to the organisers of this first Galway Food Festival. We’ll definitely be back next year!
Were you at the Galway Food Festival? If so, what did you think of it?