Our annual Wild Atlantic Food Festival was held from the 14th to 16th June this year and focused on all the wonderful foods grown and produced in the region. The festival was managed by Ronnie Counihan who put together a lovely programme for the three days, with learning, fun and food.
During this weekend festival of gastronomy and culture the crew at Renvyle House were joined with special guests John and Sally McKenna and Klaus Laitenberger.
A full programme of events commenced on Friday with a tour of one of our local suppliers; DK Connemara Oysters Farm, Dawros, Renvyle Peninsula.
This was followed with a guided walk with archaeologist Michael Gibbons Who informed us about the way of life of different past generations and eras.
On Saturday we had a wonderful day with Dr John & Dr Sally McKenna commencing with a field trip on the Renvyle Beach Shoreline discussing the various seaweeds growing in abundance, their amazing properties and how to use them in day to day cooking; Sally have a practical demonstration later in the afternoon.
Organic Gardener and author Klaus Laitenberger have a talk and a tour of the kitchen and herb gardens at Renvyle House and the orchard and spoke of gardening and farming on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Saturday afternoon also saw us re-enact the ‘Fulacht Fia’ (the Bronze Age Cook In) which was done beside the lake’s edge and food tastings took place in the courtyard afterwards.
There were cookery demonstrations with our own Executive Chef Mr. Tim O’Sullivan who had assistance from local fisherman Brendan McCarthy who showed all present how to prepare and fillet fish.
The “Wild Atlantic Way Dinner” was held in our Rusheenduff Restaurant with an amazing five course dinner which was cooked to perfection by Tim O’Sullivan and his team in the kitchen and served beautifully by our restaurant staff.