Green Cuisine: Fresh, Locally Sourced Food in Galway

 
 

Galway is a foodie’s paradise. From the Wild Atlantic Salmon in its rivers to the world-class oysters found off its shores, the rich, creamy cheeses to the wealth of incredible lamb and beef, there’s no shortage of delicious, mouthwatering food in Galway. With that in mind, we’ve put together a guide to some of the

 

21st August 2015

Ashford Castle

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Galway is a foodie’s paradise. From the Wild Atlantic Salmon in its rivers to the world-class oysters found off its shores, the rich, creamy cheeses to the wealth of incredible lamb and beef, there’s no shortage of delicious, mouthwatering food in Galway. With that in mind, we’ve put together a guide to some of the best in the area, including weekly and annual events and markets, as well as top-notch individual producers, so that next time you visit us at the elegant Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford Castle, you’ll be all set for a foodie journey of epicurean proportions.

Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford Castle

Ashford Gardens Credit Robert Streeter The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

The chefs at Ashford regularly source ingredients from the estate grounds © Robert Streeter/The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

The best place to start on any tour of the best fresh, local food in Galway would be Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford Castle. Executive Chef at Ashford Castle Philippe Farineau is a firm believer in sourcing ingredients locally, even foraging for ingredients like wild garlic and edible wildflowers right there on the Ashford Castle estate. In fact, most of the ingredients used in the estate restaurants are sourced from within 60km of the hotels.

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Cullen’s at the Dungeon has a great selection of locally sourced, delicious food on its menu © The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

The menus change daily, but you can expect such dishes as Connemara Lamb Liver at Cullen’s at the Dungeon and Loin of Wild Venison on the menu in the George V Dining Room at Ashford Castle, as well as a comprehensive selection of Irish farmhouse cheeses. And over at The Lodge at Ashford Castle, acclaimed Head Chef Jonathan Keane has put locality and seasonality at the heart of his menus, using delicious ingredients like seafood from Galway Bay and home-grown vegetables from the Lodge’s very own polytunnels.

Farmer’s Markets

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Top tip: get to the markets early to snap up all the best produce © dutourdemonde/iStock/Thinkstock

Offering everything from cheese and vegetables to soda bread, farmer’s markets are a great way to experience and taste locally produced food in Galway. And, as luck would have it, there are seven great farmer’s markets (Castlebar, Louisburgh, Ballyhaunis, Westport, Claremorris, Ballinrobe, and Charlestown) within an hour’s drive of Ashford Castle. Not to mention the weekly Galway Market found on Church Lane. Taking place at different times throughout the week, whenever you get a craving for delicious local food, just hop in the car and explore. Best to get there early in order to snap up the prime produce.

Galway Food Festival 

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Great food and tonnes of fun to be had at the Galway Food Festival © Boyd Challenger

The Galway Food Festival is a wonderful annual celebration of local food in Galway. With markets, tastings, demonstrations, stalls, talks, and workshops to enjoy, as well as the involvement of many of the top local producers and restaurants, this is an incredible introduction to locally produced food in the area.

Killeen Farmhouse Cheese

Green cuisine Killeen Cheese 2 Credit Killeen Farmhouse Cheese

You have to try Killeen Farmhouse Cheese – it’s an award-winner for a reason © Killeen Farmhouse Cheese

Killeen Farmhouse Cheese is making it quite a name for itself. With numerous awards, not to mention winning the title of “Supreme Champion” at the 2014 Irish Cheese Awards, these locally made cow and goat’s milk curd cheeses are a must-try. Available in several varieties, Killeen cheeses can be found in Galway City in Sheridan’s Cheesemonger (where you can pick up some handmade Irish crackers to go along with it) and McCambridge’s.

Kelly’s Butchers

Local Food in Galway Sean Kelly outside shop landscape Credit Michael McLaughlin

Pay a visit to Sean Kelly at Kelly’s Butchers for some top-quality local meat © Michael McLaughlin

Newport’s beloved artisanal, award-winning butchers, Kelly’s (found an hour from the Ashford Castle hotels), not only sources meat directly from local farmers, but also operates its own licensed abattoir. This is local food at its best. Don’t miss out on trying the black pudding; it’s legendary in the area.

And, while you’re there, keep an eye out for Murrevagh Honey. Produced by James McDermott and Derek Norton’s nearby apiary and stocked by Kelly’s when available, a jar of this delicate local honey would make a great gift to take home.

Connemara Smokehouse

Local Food in Ireland Connemara Smokehouse Credit Saoirse O Rourke

Don’t forget to stock up on Connemara Smokehouse goodies when you visit the shop © Saoirse O’Rourke

A previous winner of the “Best Use of Sustainable Fish Award” at the Good Food Ireland Awards, Connemara Smokehouse creates truly sensational smoked wild Irish fish, including salmon, tuna and mackerel. Visit them at Aillebrack Pier to stock up, or during the summer months, take a tour of their smokehouse to learn more about how they create their famous smoked fish.

Continue your foodie journey through Galway back at Ashford Castle or The Lodge at Ashford Castle with a sumptuous, locally sourced dinner at one of the many wonderful dining rooms.

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