As a European Region of Gastronomy 2018, Galway is the first region in Ireland to receive the designation. The hugely successful Galway Food Festival, which took place over the Easter bank holiday weekend, welcomed huge crowds to the City of Tribes once again.

The annual event celebrates the city and county’s culinary landscape, showcasing the people, produce, and passion that have firmly established Galway as the food capital of the west.

Featuring five days of open-air markets, food trails and family fun, the festival offered an engaging programme of talks, workshops, tours and in-house events, encouraging people to reconnect with where their food comes from, and learning more about what nature can provide for us and how we can connect to our communities by developing the relationship between food and culture.


The 2018 festival theme, ‘Planting Seeds’, resonated throughout a wide-ranging programme of more than 100 food-based events, celebrating the importance of sharing food together to promote a healthy community that starts in the home. Halla Bia, Galway’s first indoor food market, featured a wide range of produce from almost 30 indigenous food and drink producers from the European Region of Gastronomy. The hugely successful event showcased the best of the west with more than 40 producers and a wider variety of products, and illustrated the importance of supporting and shopping local.

More than 70,000 people attended last year’s Galway Food Festival with over 100 food outlets and producers from across the city and county taking part. The festival is a fantastic opportunity to embrace the unique culture that so many other countries could only dream of as we celebrate the food producers who showcase the best cuisine from Galway and the West of Ireland.

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