Good news for The Burren Food Trail

John Sheedy-Sheedy's Restaurant, Birgitta Hedin Curtin-Burren Smokehouse, Jason Horner-Leen Organics and Gerry Sweeney-Burren Seafoods. Photograph by Yvonne Vaughan
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John Sheedy-Sheedy's Restaurant, Birgitta Hedin Curtin-Burren Smokehouse, Jason Horner-Leen Organics and Gerry Sweeney-Burren Seafoods. Photograph by Yvonne Vaughan

John Sheedy-Sheedy’s Restaurant, Birgitta Hedin Curtin-Burren Smokehouse, Jason Horner-Leen Organics and Gerry Sweeney-Burren Seafoods.
Photograph by Yvonne Vaughan

The Burren Food Trail, along with the Wild Atlantic Way So Sligo Food Trail, Cong Food Village and West Waterford have been named as the four Irish finalists for this year’s European Destination of Excellence (EDEN for short) competition. After a period of judging in the next week or so, the overall winner will be announced on Friday 22 May.

It all makes developments happening in the West and North West of the country very exciting.

Launched by the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark and the Burren Ecotourism Network as the Mid West’s first food trail in 2013, the Burren Food Trail is supported by an innovative schedule of food events taking place every Monday from May to October.

Cathleen Connole, owner/ Manager of "Burren Fine Wine and Food". Photo Nic Mac Innes

Cathleen Connole, owner/ Manager of “Burren Fine Wine and Food”. Photo Nic Mac Innes

The events showcase the regions cuisine and provide a unique food experience in the amazing landscape that is the Burren. Members of the Food Trail place an emphasis on the use of local ingredients and are committed to building a sustainable future for the region through food.

Held every two years, EDEN focuses on a different aspect of tourism each time with the winning destination to receive a promotional photo shoot to market itself as well as €5,000 towards highlighting its attractions. The winning entry will also represent Ireland at a ceremony/exhibition in Brussels later this year.

Best of luck to all those behind each of the initiatives in the west, mid-west, north-west and West Waterford.

Written by Ken McGuire
Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.