With an abundance of artisan producers, incredible natural ingredients, vibrant farmers' markets and award-winning restaurants, it’s no wonder that in 2018, County Galway was the first region in Ireland to be awarded the status of European Region of Gastronomy. From the buzzing food scene of Galway city to the charming heritage and traditions that span the county and its islands, there’s a deep-rooted connection between the people and their food here in the heart of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. With some of the most dramatic natural scenery anywhere in Ireland, the county of Galway is home to over 12,000 farms, 689km of coastline, an astonishing 52 islands and some 350 restaurants. From the seasonal symphonies of Michelin-starred Aniar restaurant, to the fresh bounty of seafood served up at The Chalet Seafood Restaurant, the respect and innate understanding of the land and sea sings on the palette (and the plate!). There’s a huge amount of events and festivals in store throughout the year, celebrating the food, heritage and nature of the region by bridging the gap between producers and purchasers. So get ready for a journey from farm to fork, and ocean to plate, as we celebrate the rich cuisine that County Galway has to offer. Sample menu of festivities Seafest Ireland’s national maritime festival, Seafest, takes place annually in the summer. Expect seafood fairs, cooking demonstrations, fascinating sea creatures, music and oceans of family fun – all in the beautiful harbour of Galway city. Galway Potter’s Market Discover the best of Ireland’s potters and ceramicists at the Galway Potter’s Market, where artists will celebrate the theme of food. As part of the Galway International Arts Festival, visitors can purchase unique pieces and try their hand at clay modelling. Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival People the world over flocking to Galway each year for this foodie feast. Experience seafood trails, oyster shucking contests and tasting events, culminating in a Mardi Gras-style street extravaganza. Bia Bó Finne Each October, Inishbofin Island celebrates its wonderful local produce with beer brewing, foraging and cooking classes. Visitors are invited to experience the warmth of the isle’s charming community and rich musical heritage. Connemara Green Festival Celebrate the gifts of Mother Nature at Connemara Green Festival! Enjoy walks with ecologists, nature workshops, kayaking and boat trips in Letterfrack Bay – all amidst the beauty of Connemara. Galway Continental Christmas Market Get in the festive spirit by perusing the twinkling stalls of the Galway Continental Christmas Market. Spanning Eyre Square to the Spanish Arch, Yuletide treats include live music, storytelling and amazing food. Explore more Flavors of the southA delicious trip through Cork, Tipperary and Limerick, discovering Ireland's hidden culinary treasures. Flavors of Northern IrelandSet out on a food trail of local specialties and gourmet treats across beautiful Northern Ireland. Food in Ireland's Ancient EastCareful! Don’t read this when your tummy is rumbling – it’ll only make you feel starving!