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21/04/2014

Galway Food Festival 2014

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As the Bank Holiday draws to an end so does another successful Galwayfestival.

Today marks the end of the Galway Food Festival 2014(@GalwayFood) and what an unbelievable weekend we have enjoyed at The House Hotel.





Highlighted by the Man above granting us weather that is not often enough enjoyed on our green Isle, the weekend was jam-packed with food, food, and more food!

One thing I always think is if I happened to stroll upon the Festival Village (situated at the Spanish Arch, just around the corner from us here at The House) would I think twice about the effort, hard work and dedication that has gone on behind the scenes to get it there.

Luckily here in The House our very own General Manager, Margaret Jenkins (@margaretjenk) is part of the Festival Committee, therefore offering us first hand experience of what’s involved - and it should not go unnoticed.




The Committee consists of voluntary members – who along with organising the Food festival also have their own businesses, restaurants, and companies to run in the same 24hours of each day! Without the dedication from these individuals the show simply would not go on – and for that we at The House say Thank You.

So! A little summary of the weekend we have so thoroughly enjoyed…

Thursday night marked the opening of the Festival by top Chef Oliver Dunne, owner of Cleaver East at The Clarence and Bon Appetite in Malahide and we were delighted to have Oliver staying with us here at The House.

Oliver noted how unique Galway was as a city hosting a Food Festival, organised by a committee of Chefs, Restaurateurs & business people.



While the Festival was officially opened the guys in the pink shirts here at The House started doing what they do best – mixing up some cocktails!

We hosted a “Food Pairing with Cocktails” event here in-house and Árainn, assisted by our Restaurant Manager Mark & Head Chef Leroy, did a little demo on how to enjoy cocktails as part of your dining experience.




Árainn demonstrated the following four cocktails:

Apéritif: Chambord & Soda

Palate Cleanser: Champagne Sorbet, Grenadine & Cranberry

Dessert: Easter Martini

Digistif: Espresso Martini

Good Friday ended up being a Great Friday, the sun continued to shine and our Head Chef Leroy Marshall took the stage in the Festival Tent to do a demo on how to “Impress Your Guests”.



Leroy dished up delicious Grilled Haddock, Warm Potato Salad, Beetroot, & Caper Dressing.

It was so enjoyable and the crowd ensured there wasn’t a crumb of haddock to be found in the Festival Village!

Easter Saturday arrived with the sun yet again in tow and the weekend really got into full swing. The House Hotel was part of the Taste Trail and Leroy produced a fabulous Sesame Prawn Tempura with Lime & Chilli Mayo for our guests to enjoy.



Margaret & I attended a talk in the Mick Lally Theatre chaired by JP McMahon (@mistereatgalway) and a panel including Fergal, The Twelve, Martine McDonagh, Martine’s Wine Bar, and the very famous John McKenna. The talk was on “How to Run a Restaurant” and the panel provided a fascinating insight into their own personal experiences and handed out advice as the questions were asked.

The festival saw there-appearance of the Woodquay Market which included a mobile farm!

There was a ‘pig-on-spit’ outside Martine’s Wine Bar which had a queue a mile long making it all the more tempting to have a taste!

Our good friends in Artisan restaurant (@artisan_galway) were dishing up Pulled Pork Sliders… which we may have enjoyed three days in a row…



37 West (@37westgalway) ensured we were keeping our healthiness intact by supplying juices which were to die for! (after all #healthyisthenewsexy!).



Thankfully even though everyone was fitting in as much food as possible they left some well needed space for cocktails at The House when the sun went down. Specials this weekend included our Easter Martini, the Penthouse, and a Raspberry Collins… one might say ticking all the necessary boxes for a long weekend.

Margaret got her hands on two highly sort after tickets Ireland’s first Paleo dinner at 37 West which was a fabulous addition to the programme.

Sunday saw The Hotel Hotel open its door to budding young chefs as Kiddies Kitchen took on more than ever! NuachtTG4 (@NuachtTG4) was on hand to get a video of them straight to the news deskfor the evening’s Nuacht.

I can safely say I have eaten enough food to last a week and STILL managed to devour a number of Easter eggs!But thankfully, and most importantly, guests checking out today were asking “Will it be on again next year??” to which we answered – absolutely! They leave Galway with a smile on their face, a tummy full of good food, and in their head they’re edging out a plan of how to get back – and that’s what we love to see!

Our next job – Food & Wine Evening on this Thursday and launching our new cocktail menu (Friday, 2nd May).

No rest for the wicked ;-)

Stay Tuned!

Aislinn x(@ais_odriscoll)





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