The 2022 Burren Slow Food Festival, taking place from 20-22 May, will be dedicated to raising awareness about and promoting the concept of “GEOfood.” GEOfood is sustainable local food from a unique geological area and is the offcial brand of food produced in a UNESCO Global Geopark.

Festival organisers Slow Food Clare are collaborating with the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark and the Burren Ecotourism Network to deliver a diverse line up of events in the region aimed at highlighting the connections between local food, geological heritage and the livelihoods of the people who live in the Geopark.

Festival favourites will feature including the popular seafood supper on Inis Oirr, cookery demonstrations by local chefs using ingredients from the designated GEOfood area and buffer zones and talks by guest speakers, including the founder of the GEOfood movement from Norway’s Magma UNESCO Global Geopark. “We are very excited about celebrating the GEOfood movement in the Burren,” said festival chair, Birgitta Hedin-Curtin. “Plans are afoot to develop a fantastic three-day programme which is sure to appeal to the local community and attract visitors to Co. Clare.”

Ahead of this year’s Burren Slow Food Festival, enjoy a taste of local Clare specialties at home.

St. Tola goats cheese mousse

A decadent, rich appetizer that will wow your dinner guests, this goats cheese mousse featuring the iconic St. Tola goats cheese is incredibly easy and quick to whip up and is the perfect no-cook canapé. To serve, chives pair really well with the goats cheese mousse but you can substitute other finely chopped fresh herbs such as basil, thyme or rosemary.

Burren Smokehouse cold smoked Irish organic salmon on homemade blinis

This canapé of buttery Burren Smokehouse smoked salmon and herb blinis can be rustled up in less than 20 minutes.

Corn pancakes of courgette, pine nuts and Cratloe Hill cheese

Try these light corn pancakes that are packed with grated courgettes, pine nuts and Cratloe Hill cheese served with salsa.