Bord Iascaigh Mhara event offers chance to Taste the Atlantic
23 - 25 September saw Galway host the renowned Oyster Festival, which attracted 3,000 visitors and promoted Ireland's aquaculture industry
29 September 2016
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, was a proud supporter of this year’s Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival from 23 – 25 September. The theme of the event was Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey, through wich BIM hosted an oyster showcase to explain the importance of Galway’s world-famous oysters, their history, cultivation techniques and more.
Different species of oysters were shucked and visitors were invited to taste the oysters to discover the unique ‘meroir’ between native and Irish rock oysters. Assisted by Kelly’s Oysters, BIM even managed to convince new visitors to the festival to taste oysters for the first time – no mean feat.
At the event, BIM’s chief executive Tara McCarthy stressed the importance of Ireland’s oyster and aquaculture sector. “BIM is responsible for developing Ireland’s Aquaculture Industry and
The renowned Galway Oyster Festival is the perfect fit and opportunity to build a greater appreciation for our shellfish and fish farmers and in particular our exceptional oysters,” she said. “Irish Oysters are sought after worldwide and famous for their quality. The sector is part of an overall aquaculture industry worth €149 million.”
BIM’s ‘Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey’ trail on the Wild Atlantic Way is designed to educate and excite both Irish and International visitors about the industry and the provenance of Ireland’s seafood. In partnership with Fáilte Ireland, BIM says it plans to continue to develop the trail; the results are already proving positive with some seafood producers reporting a 30% increase in domestic sales.