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Galway International Oyster Festival

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Dates: 21st-23rd Sep

The International Oyster Festival is one of the best times to visit the cosmopolitan city of Galway also known as the “harbour city”, or the “city of tribes”. The town full of medieval charm, is hosting its annual 4 day oyster festival attracting thousands of UK and international visitors alike - all eager to sample the famed Galway oyster. With modest beginnings in 1954 the festival was the invention of hotelier Brian Collins, and since then has been put on the map as a foodie travel destination and recognised as one of Ireland’s most celebrated events. Expect a lively culinary journey, as the festival is packed with foodie events and live entertainment. From oyster shucking (oyster opening) and eating competitions, tasting events in fantastic restaurants, to foodie talks and tours, there’s an abundance of festivities that celebrate the exquisite Galway oyster and guarantee a good time. There’s even a “Best Dressed Lady” competition!

One of the festival’s highlights is a masquerade style ball that features an oyster and champagne reception, three course menu, and of course dancing ‘till the wee night. A new addition to the ever-growing festival is the Seafood Trail - a selection of Galway’s finest restaurants serving locally sourced ingredients and Galway oysters. What’s not to like?

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Why should you go?

Calling all foodies: the Galway Oyster Festival is an all-round celebration of seafood.

With so many entertaining foodie events, excellent restaurants, live music, and a food village, the atmosphere is full of excitement. Why not indulge yourself in Galway’s celebrated delicacy, fine wine or Guinness in hand with a couple of your best mates and family? Galway is two hours drive from Dublin and an hour from Shannon Airport. Make sure to book tickets for events in advance!

Regal Travel’s team are on hand to organise your next escape - why not give us a call or pop into one of our four branches?


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