A free, family, outdoor happening will officially launch the flagship programme for Galway, West of Ireland European Region of Gastronomy (ERoG) 2018 at Spanish Arch in Galway city on Friday the 16th of March at 5pm. The date marks almost two years since Galway, West of Ireland won the illustrious ERoG 2018 designation on St Patrick’s Day in 2016.
A community opening ceremony will be followed by a family céilí, and the celebration will also showcase local food producers to spotlight the region’s innovative, dynamic food sector and rich food heritage. The celebration promises to be a fun, informative and lively knees-up with something for everyone.
Elaine Donohue, programme coordinator for Galway, West of Ireland ERoG 2018, said, “The purpose of the event is to give the people of Galway city and county the opportunity to come together and celebrate the designation. We will welcome specially invited guests, namely Dr Diane Dodd of the Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism which manages the designation, and Anja Van Hout from Noord Brabant in the Netherlands, which is the only other recipient of the ERoG designation for 2018. We are inviting all of the people of Galway city and county to come and celebrate this momentous occasion with us.”
The wide-ranging and vibrant programme for Galway, West of Ireland ERoG 2018 is composed of events, festivals, projects and initiatives that cross the boundaries of food, culture, tourism and other sectors to enhance Galway’s food culture and create a lasting impact. The theme of the designation is ‘From The Ground Up, Feeding Our Future’.
The Galway, West of Ireland ERoG 2018 designation is being led by Galway County Council, Galway City Council, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and Teagasc, and it is being supported by a range of both national and local stakeholders and communities.
The full Galway ERoG 2018 programme will be available on the official website www.galwaygastronomy.ie and social media channels @gastronomy2018.
About Galway, West of Ireland European Region of Gastronomy 2018:
Galway, West of Ireland is the first European Region of Gastronomy (ERoG) in Ireland and the British Isles, as well as one of only two places to receive the designation for 2018, the other one being Noord Brabant in the Netherlands.
Acquiring the designation took significant time and dedication from a dedicated food community. However, as the theme would suggest, the bid was won by the people of Galway for the people of Galway. Gastronomy in its simplest sense is the relationship between food and culture.
Galway and the West of Ireland is so unique, nestled on the shores of the Atlantic at the very edge of Europe. Galway is a county of unparallelled natural beauty with ripe land and rich marine which feeds nearly ten times its population. It also boasts a young, vibrant and culturally-diverse population.
Food plays an important role in all of our lives. Whether you are a fisherman or a farmer, a food producer or entrepreneur, a restaurateur or student, we all engage with food on a daily basis. The region produces enough food to feed over 1.5 million people which is a testament to the local landscape. Galway, West of Ireland boasts over 12,000 farms, 689km of coastline, 52 islands and over 350 restaurants. Food is at the epicentre of our daily lives.
The designation will focus attention on the vital role of the food industry in Galway, West of Ireland and how central it is to the present and future. The designation also provides a European platform to not only showcase Galway, West of Ireland and its wonderful food produce, but also provides an opportunity to welcome European food tourists to the region to sample its fine fayre.
At European level the ERoG designation is managed by IGCAT, the Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism. Europe now has a number of regions of gastronomy all working together to improve the quality of people lives in regions spanning from the west coast of Ireland to Riga in Latvia.
Galway, West of Ireland’s designation is being led by Galway County Council, Galway City Council, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and Teagasc. This team is supported by a range of both national and local stakeholders and communities.