Galway Food Festival 2018: Family Fun

The 2018 Galway Food Festival is excited to announce an exciting selection of children’s events as part of this year’s lineup. Now in its 7th year, the West’s premiere food festival will take place over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend from March 29th to April 2nd, and features plenty of food-based fun for children of all ages.

The Festival theme this year is ‘Planting Seeds’, and a core element of this is planting a love of food, as well as a sense of curiosity and wonder in younger generations about where our food comes from. Through a fun menu of masterclasses, fun activities, and even some literal planting of seeds,the Galway Food Festival will educate, engage and entertain the budding chef in your life.

To wet their appetite why not start with a nice bowl of soup courtesy of An Gairdín Glasraí na bPáistí (The Children’s Vegetable Garden) at the Builin Blasta Cafe & Bakery, Spiddal, Co. Galway on the 29th March at 11:00 AM. There they will learn about planting seeds from organic gardeners An Garraí Glas as well as the invaluable skill of how to plant vegetables to grow at home. They will be served a bowl of vegetable soup with fresh bread courtesy of Builín Blasta and will receive a recipe to take home so they can try making the delicious dish themselves. This is a free event but booking is essential, as space limited.

Moving on to the main course, it’s never too early for kids to start earning their crust and with the ever popular Kids’ Pizza Making Masterclass at Tom Sheridan’s Bar & Restaurant, Knocknacarra they can do just that! Returning for the seventh year in a row, the Masterclass is one of the most popular events of the Food Festival. The event, in which little chefs are taught how to make their own pizzas from start to finish, has become a yearly fixture at Easter and is sure to be popular with young people. The masterclass starts on the 31st of March at 11:00 AM and also needs to be booked in advance.

With both starters and main courses now at expert level all that’s left is dessert. Well the Dáil Bar has you covered with the return of its Kids Cupcake & Cookie Decorating Masterclass on April 1st at 1:00 PM. Back by popular demand, this event teaches the little ones to unleash their creativity by decorating their own cupcakes and cookies in an array of colourful styles. Budding chefs will just love this fun and interactive class lead by the culinary team at The Dáil Bar. Pre-booking is required as places are limited and fill up fast!

It’s always good to stay active and after all that learning and food what could be more fun than an Easter Egg Hunt? Well…how about two Easter Egg hunts?! The Galway Food Festival is excited to announce two Easter Egg hunts in association with The Twelve, Barna and Mr. Waffle, Newcastle Road.

On April 1st at 1:00 PM why not visit The Twelve, Ireland’s Hotel of The Year 2018, pioneers of the local food movement and one of Ireland’s Top 100 Restaurants and The Twelve Bakery Shop. The Kids Easter Egg Hunt Takes Place at 1pm and will set off from the Hotel lobby. It’s a free Event but sign-up is required as there is a limited number of spaces.

Mr. Waffle’s Annual Easter egg hunt is all about fun. The Annual Easter egg hunt is all about fun with the kids. The kids head to the local park with the easter bunny and when they find the hidden eggs they get a free easter egg to take home. It’s a great afternoon of fun they get to help raise funds for a great charity as they give all proceeds to Mr. Waffle’s charity partner, ACT For Meningitis. Minimum charity donation is €5.00.

The Galway Food Festival 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 and features five days of open-air markets, food trails, family fun and much, much more.

The Festival theme ‘Planting Seeds’ will resonate throughout a wide-ranging programme of over 100 food-based events celebrating the importance of sharing food together to promote a healthy community that starts in the home. This year’s theme is, of course about the origin of our food but also much more. It’s about planting the seeds of education and awareness ; it’s about planting the seeds of economic growth and development; and it’s about getting back tour roots. Between the Official Festival Opening Night, on Thursday March 29th in the Kitchen Café, and the return of the popular Breaking Bread on Easter Monday, the festival will present an engaging programme of talks, top class workshops, a wide variety of tours, as well as in-house events, all of which will encourage 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.

For booking details on any of the above events go to www.galwayfoodfestival.com

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