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Galway has been officially awarded the designation of European Region of Gastronomy 2018
the first region in Ireland to receive this designation. The European Region of Gastronomy award provides
Galway with an excellent opportunity to build on the strong reputation and the excellent name it has in
terms of a tourist destination, by building its profile further nationally and very importantly internationally.
Ireland’s reputation as a food destination and country known for producing high quality food has grown
significantly and Galway has played a significant role in this. Excellent restaurants, including two of Ireland’s
Michelin star restaurants and a large number of other high quality restaurants sourcing high quality local
produce along with fantastic landscape, superb hospitality, heritage, culture and people make it a choice
for many to visit but also importantly as a place to live.
The designation offers an excellent opportunity to put in place strong support and to develop programmes
which focus on building on the strengths of our Food; Agriculture; Tourism; Marine; Creative and Arts sectors
by bringing together all the parties working with a common aim. The European Region of Gastronomy
programme will contribute to further growth in the economy in the Galway region and contribute to job
creation across the various sectors and industries. While the designation is for the year 2018 which will
comprise of a yearlong programme of events of all types from support to businesses, to community
celebration, from conferences to symposia work is already underway to deliver projects that will support the
key focus areas and have a lasting legacy.
For more info: www.galwaygastronomy.ie
Enjoy the Galway Food Festival 2017 and make sure to return and to continue to enjoy all that
Galway City & County has to offer in terms of gastronomy, discovering the delights that await your senses.