The Connemara Mussel Festival returns from the 28th – 30th April with a three day celebration of local people, food, culture, heritage in Galway. The festival is now in its 12th year and has grown into the premier food event of the season for Connemara.
As we get ready for it to begin, here’s our top seven reasons to be excited for the Connemara Mussel Festival!
1. Spectacular Location
Connemara boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland with gorgeous coastal landscapes and towering peaks. The Mussel festival takes place in Tullycross, a small idyllic village located on the Renvyle Peninsula in West Connemara. Don’t forget the walking boots and the camera and go explore this amazing part of the country.
2. Star Attraction – Killary Harbour Mussels
The mussels of Killary Harbour are known for their high quality and excellence and they are the true star of the festival. The natural fjord is ideally suited to growing rope mussels and each year the harbour produces up to 2000 tonnes of rope mussels.
3. Tantalizing Connemara Cuisine
Mussels aren’t the only thing on the menu! The best of local produce will be on offer at the artisan markets, festival menus, cooking demos, wine tasting and so much more. Let the waistband expand and indulge on the best of local Connemara cuisine!
4. A Magical Weekend of Family Fun
Let the kids sit back on be awed and amazed with the exceptional storytelling from Tegolin Tales. exciting treasure hunts and fantastical fairy mermaid trails. Let the little ones get messy in the kitchen with kids cooking classes and demos.
5. Atlantic Screening
Atlantic is one of the most important Irish documentaries out there! This brilliant look at the difficulty our fisherman face which is ever more relevant as Brexit is looming. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with the director and is definitely worth checking out.
With walks, talks and exhibitions about the local heritage. Our top pick is the sacred mountain hike up Letter Hill with expert local archaeologist Michael Gibbons as your guide.
7. Great Outdoors
Make the most of the weekend and explore the beautiful landscape of Connemara with guided walks and hikes. Feel at peace with the landscape with tai chi on the beach, or get the heart rate up with an exhilarating 5km run. For the more adventurous get a birds eye view from a hot air balloon.
The Commemara Mussel Festival runs from the 28th – 30th of April. For a full list of events and booking visit their website.