WHERE: Galway, Ireland
WHEN: from 22 to 24 September 2023
Sad by the end, by now next, Summer?
Do not worry, because the last week of September the fun is guaranteed. In Galway, Ireland, you’ll have three days of drinking, wild dances, alcohol and… oysters.
Il Galway Oyster Festival, is the most wild, incredible and extravagant gourmet festival in the country, which, this year, celebrates 69 years of life.
After St. Patrick’s Day, it is the most important event in the whole nation, which welcomes visitors from all over the world.
There is no better way to celebrate the new Oyster season. At Lunch, at dinner and even at breakfast (stomach permitting). To be served with a good glass of wine and champagne, or a pint of beer.
And many events to surround.
Oysters and gastronomy at the center of the Galway Oyster Festival. It is still a gastronomic event. Gourmet meetings, tastings and tastings in Galway’s best restaurants, workshops and activities await you.
And, again, fashion shows, tournaments and the Oyster Olympics; and, while we’re at it, a good election for … Miss Ostrica. On the other hand, every festival worthy of respect has its Miss !!
Music will also be the protagonist, with Irish artists ready to perform. And here, alas, the wonderful voice of Dolores O’Riordan would have been just fine.
Dublin International Airport or, alternatively, the airport of Shannon, are the starting point for getting to Galway.
From both, we recommend renting a car and leave for Galway, a truly magical and fascinating land.
By car, from Dublin, you have to travel about 215 km, on M4 and M6, to get to your destination. From Shannon, instead, you cross the M18 to the north, then enter the M6 for a total of about 95 kilometers.
Anyone wishing to travel by public transport can use the buses from Dublin Airport. Citylink and Go Bus offer connections to Galway. Tickets cost from 16 to €18 per person.
From Shannon, however, you can use the 51 bus from the airport to Eyre Square, in Galway. The journey time is about two hours.
For the 69th edition of the Galway Oyster Festival, three days are waiting for you with many events. To participate in many of these, you need to buy the admission ticket.
Friday 22, Opening night with live music, DJs and lots of entertainment, from 19:00. The ticket costs 45€ per person and includes a range of oysters with a glass of wine.
Saturday 23, from the 14:00 to the 19:00, the World Oyster Championships await you. The ticket costs 90€ per person and includes two courses, half a dozen oysters and a glass of wine.
Saturday, at 20:00, the great Masked Ball “Mardi Gras” with an aperitif with Prosecco and Ostriche, dinner with three courses, wine, dessert and … dance until late at night. You pay €120 per person.
Sunday 24, the day of Féile Bia Na Mara (Atlantic wild tastings). Fish stands with national chef demonstrations await you in the center of Galway. Fun for the whole family from 12 to 19. Free admission with reservation.
The hostel is a rather popular solution around here. Those who love this option will find many facilities in the central area, with an excellent quality / price ratio.
In this sense, we point out the excellent Savoy Hostel Galway City Center, in a central position. Ideal to move independently in the city, and attend the main events of the Galway Oyster Festival. Info and reservations from here.
Who wants a different solution, can opt for the quieter Ivy House, It offers well-equipped accommodation with free WiFi in Galway, 1 km from Nicholas Collegiate Church and the National University of Galway. From here, you can book the room at the best price.
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