Galway and West of Ireland is very fortunate to have been designated one of two European Regions of Gastronomy for the year 2018. Galway is the first region in Ireland to attain this award which resulted from the time and dedication of a dedicated food community.

The overall theme which has been adopted is From the Ground Up, Feeding our Future and the aim is to bridge the gap between food producers and consumers by creating a greater awareness of foods produced in Galway and the West of Ireland and making them accessible to all.

Food and its associated culture will be explored across five key focus areas:

  • Education and Health
  • Linking Urban with Rural
  • Cultural DiversitySustainability and
  • Feeding the Planet
  • Supporting SME’s and Innovation

A range of exciting events and festivals will be taking place over the year and the Connemara Mussel Festival is proud to be one of them.