Connemara Mussel Festival (28th - 30th April 2017)
The Connemara Mussel Festival 2017 will take place from Friday 28th April - Sunday 30th April on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara.
The festival, now into it's 12th year will have professional chefs demonstrating the cooking of mussels and other local produce. The amateur and celebrity mussel cooking competitions are a major highlight but there are plenty of other activities too.
Some of these are as follows:
Heritage walks with a renowned archaeologist
Dramatic presentations and children's storytelling
Fly casting classes
A country market with local producers offering crafts and food
An exhibition of local art
Seafood Gala Dinner
The festival will feature an exciting programme filled with leading chefs and cookery competitions, artists, theatre, music, concerts, children’s storytelling, face painting, guided walks and talks for the whole family. The children’s programme includes the ever popular ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ workshops, this year is entitled ‘Where’s Dory?’, and ‘Tegolin’s Tales’, a fun-filled children’s theatrical storytelling experience.
Along with a talk from gardener Klaus Laitenberg, who will concentrate on traditional methods of vegetable gardening, the 2017 Connemara Mussel Festival will share the stories of a community steeped in a rich and vibrant history with fascinating talks given by historians Joan Johnson and Cormac Ó Comhrai and archaeologist Michael Gibbons.
Returning this year will be the artisan market, running over the full weekend and showcasing the finest produce of the west of Ireland.
The Galway Gospel Choir will also make their first visit to the Mussel Festival and renowned Mayo singer James Kilbane will make his first visit to the festival performing a selection of Irish folk songs and ballads.
In the evenings, there will be a variety of music available in the local pubs. The Connemara National Park is close by, as well as beautiful beaches and majestic mountains.
The celebrations will include mussel cooking demonstrations and competitions, walks, talks, theatre and family activities. There will also be a country market, an art exhibition, music and dancing, as part of the events taking place this May bank holiday weekend.