March 23, 2016

After a long and at times very wet winter Spring is finally here and the sun is making a welcome appearance on a few occasions.What better place to be than in Galway where there is a fantastic atmosphere with back to back holiday weekends St Patricks &...

After a long and at times very wet winter Spring is finally here and the sun is making a welcome appearance on a few occasions.

What better place to be than in Galway where there is a fantastic atmosphere with back to back holiday weekends St Patricks & Easter.

Any weekend in Galway is guaranteed to be exciting but Easter brings an extra dimension with the return of the much anticipated Galway Food Festival.

Now in its 5th year the event has become an integral part of the city calendar.

Last year it brought 70,000 visitors to the city and is sure to bring an even larger number this year such is the publicity it has received both at a local and national level.

For 5 days starting this Thursday the city is full of open air markets and food trails providing fun and something for all palates be it chocolate, cupcakes, afternoon tea, sushi or indeed Easter eggs.

It is particularly great to see the Festival growing and it hasnow spread to Wood Quay and Moycullen.

Visitors to the festival will be impressed with the range of artisan and local produce that the city and county has to offer.

Given that we are in 2016 the festival organisers have themed the Festival to coincide with the 1916 commemorations.

This year’s Festival is themed “100 years of Irish food” dwelling on the food tradition and culture of the last 100 years.

With a talented dedicated committee chaired by JP McMahon the Food Festival seems set to have a long and bright future and helping secure Galway’s reputation as a Gourmet city.

Indeed it is fitting that this month Galway was successful its bid to become European Region of Gastronomy in 2018 which is sure to put the City on an even bigger stage.

Between talks, tours and demonstrations there are 100 outlets participating in the Food Festival.

RAW- sushi in the sky our authentic Japanese Restaurant will host a Masterclass in Sushi making under the guidance of Hisashi Kumagai, RAW's Chef.

The Masterclass is on Saturday 26th March at 1pm and advance booking is essential.

The cost of the class is €25 per person and includes a glass of wine

Chef Kuma will be sharing some of his secrets in the art of sushi making.
Among the secrets are what equipment to use and where to buy and source the very best fish.
You will walk away very proud knowing you can make perfect sushi.

RAW is majestically located on the 4th Floor and offers super views of the city and Galway Bay. It recently was awarded the Georgina Campbell Ethnic Restaurant of the Year 2016 which is a great accolade for the team at RAW.

It serves an exciting selection of authentic Japanese sushi, sashimi, sakes and whiskies RAW showcases local fish as much as possible in creating traditional Japanese sushi.
RAW is open Tuesday - Saturday 6pm to 10pm
for bookings contact   091 538212 or click here to view our Menu.

If you are looking for another dining option over the weekend you could try Marina’s Grill which is exciting guests with its new menu. From a light bowl of soup and zingy salads for those looking to catch a light bite, to impressive double cut pork chops from the grill, or a bespoke burger, built to order from an exciting list of ingredients. Add a scrumptious side of onion rings or hand cut fries or finish with a sweet treat to indulge the taste buds. Using fresh local ingredients, dining at Marina’s Grill, with a stunning view is hard to beat!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all visitors for the Galway Food Festival and the full list of events can be found here.
Limited accommodation is still available at the hotel so call now 091 538300 or visit our website.
Make sure to visit our brand new social hub

 

Author: David Glynn


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