As the end of September approaches, Galway City in the heart of Ireland gears up for a celebration unlike any other—the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival. This annual extravaganza, set to take place from September 22nd to 24th, 2023, promises to be a seafood lover’s paradise and a cultural highlight of the west of Ireland.
A Long-Standing Tradition
The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival has a storied history, making it the world’s longest-running Oyster Festival. Over the years, it has become one of Ireland’s most internationally recognised events, drawing visitors from all corners of the globe. The festival’s enduring popularity can be attributed to its seamless blend of tradition, gastronomy, and sheer enthusiasm for all things seafood.
The Seafood Trail Experience
A delightful addition to the festival in recent years is the Seafood Trail—an absolute must for food enthusiasts. This journey through Galway’s culinary scene features some of the city’s finest restaurants, all serving locally sourced ingredients and, of course, the star of the show: Galway Oysters. From Thursday to Sunday during the festival, these establishments offer visitors the chance to savor this famed delicacy in various culinary styles.
This year, the Seafood Trail boasts an impressive lineup of 17 leading seafood establishments. From the world-renowned McDonagh’s seafood restaurant on Quay St., to the iconic oyster houses like Tigh Neachtain and Chef JP McMahon’s Tartare, the trail showcases Galway’s rich seafood culture. It doesn’t stop at the city limits either; the trail extends out to West at The Twelve and then joins up with BIM, providing a comprehensive seafood experience that captures the essence of Galway’s coastal bounty.
A Culinary Adventure Awaits
Here are some of the participating venues in the 2023 Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival Seafood Trail:
- Tigh Neachtain
- West @ The Twelve
- Bay Brasserie at The Galway Bay Hotel
- Brasserie on the Corner
- Marinas Restaurant at The Galmont Hotel
- Dillisk on the Docks at the Harbour Hotel
- Sonny Molloys
- Cava Bodega
- The Huntsman Inn
- Martine’s Wine Bar
- Cava Bodega
- The Front Door Pub
- The Dáil Bar
An Event Not to Be Missed
The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival is more than just a culinary celebration; it’s a cultural experience that brings together locals and visitors to revel in the beauty of Galway’s coastal heritage. With its rich history, delicious seafood offerings, and a bustling atmosphere, this festival is a testament to Ireland’s love for its maritime traditions.
So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable weekend filled with succulent seafood, vibrant culture, and the warm hospitality of Galway, mark your calendar for September 22nd to 24th, 2023. Come join us at the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival and embark on a seafood adventure that will leave your taste buds tingling and your heart full of Irish charm.
What: Galway International Oyster Festival
When: 22 – 24 Sep, 2023
Where: The Claddagh, Galway City