Connemara Events

Bay Coast Wild Atlantic Way Festival @ Renvyle House
Apr 8 @ 11:30 am – Apr 15 @ 12:30 pm
Bay Coast Wild Atlantic Way Food FestivalTo celebrate County Galway’s designation as a European Region of Gastronomy 2018 “The Bay Coast Wild Way Atlantic Food Festival” presents a gastronomic week of food experiences.This Festival will run from 8th to 15th April 2018 on will be based on the Renvyle Peninsula and Killary Fjord.  Partners will include food producers from Letterfrack, Kylemore, Lough Inagh, Killary and the Renvyle Peninsula.  There will be guided walks on the history of the area, cookery demonstrations, entertainment and organised tours to farms and food producers in the area.

These experiences will reflect our local natural resources, our culture and our people.

Festival Programme


Venue: Renvyle House Hotel
11:30 – 3:30pm: A Cookery Demonstration featuring local fish and Connemara Lamb with with executive chef, author and Eurotoques Commissioner, Tim O’Sullivan.

Preparing and filleting of fish will be presented by fishmonger, Brendan McCarthy.

Aisling Rock “European Young Chef of the Year” demonstrates her winning dish. Aisling is a 2nd year Culinary Arts student at Galway’s International Hotel School.


Venue: DK Connemara Oyters, Letterfrack.
10.00am: An organised tour of the local Oyster Farm at Dawros Beg, Letterfrack with owner, David Keane.

Venue: Renvyle House Hotel
2.00 pm: Tim and oyster farmer, John Ward will demonstrate the opening and shucking of oysters.
Eating Oysters: Cooked and raw with tastings.


Venue: Killary Fjord
11:00 am: Visit a mussel farm on Killary Fjord (Ireland’s only fjord) followed by a cruise on the fjord, with Killary Cruises on the “Connemara Lady”. Gastro lunch will be served during this spectacular sea journey – duration is approximately 1 and half hours.


Venue: Renvyle House Hotel 
11.30am: Cookery Demonstration and talk with Tim O’Sullivan and Catherine Nee, local Mussel farmer. “10 Ways to Cook Mussels” with tastings.

2.30pm: Departing from Renvyle House.
A guided walk with renowned archaeologist, Michael Gibbons, “Along the Wild Atlantic Way”. Michael will tell us about the way of life of different past generations and eras – pointing out some interesting and significant landmarks along the way.


Venue: Kylemore Abbey
11.30am – 3.30pm
The gastronomy of Kylemore Abbey, past and present, for a celebration of food as part of County Galway’s title of European Region of Gastronomy 2018. Learn all about our unique food heritage with jam making, chocolate tasting, garden tours, bee keeping, butter making, fish smoking, Connemara lamb on a spit and lots more. We will also host some of County Galway’s best food producers with a village market stretching all over the estate. A fun day for all the senses.

Food Village Experience from 12.00pm to 4.00pm

A tour of the Victorian Walled Garden with Head Gardener, Anja Gohlke who will be accompanied by John and Sally McKenna.


Venue: Renvyle Beach, Shoreline and Renvyle House.
“A day with John & Sally McKenna”
10.30am to 12 noon: “Foraging the Sea Shore with Sally McKenna”.

12 noon to 3pm: “The Bronze Age Cook In” (an fulacht fia). A full re-enactment of cooking during the Bronze Age on the grounds of Renvyle House. Enjoy food tastings from the pre-historic era.

“The Blue Coast Banquet”
Venue: Renvyle House Hotel
7.00pm: Prosecco Reception kindly sponsored by J&C Kenny Wines, followed by a 5 course banquet dinner accompanied by ½ bottle of wine per person

Throughout the week there will be evening entertainment at Renvyle House Hotel ranging including live traditional music, drama production, poetry readings and a gastronomy quiz.