The 5th Connemara Green Festival takes place over the weekend of October 11-13. Every year it continues to grow and expand, with this year welcoming a third day of activities and events, including a mini environmental conference on the Friday, with two walks to choose from.
The main aim of the festival, always, is to raise awareness of the unique ecology of Connemara and raise funds for biodiversity projects and conservation of the local environment. This year’s theme is ‘Craft, Culture and Wilderness’. The weekend includes walks with local ecologists and historians, nature workshops, foraging, visiting a special native woodland, harvesting seeds, kiln-drying timbers, basket making, willow weaving, stand up paddle boarding and boat trips in Letterfrack Bay.
The official opening of the festival takes place at 6pm in Connemara National Park, with the guest of honour Peter Sturge M.B.E. launching the book Sophia Sturge and the Basketmaking industry in Letterfrack 1888-1905, together with author Joan Johnson.
One of the highlights of the festival will be the Connemara Green Feast on Saturday evening at 6pm, offering a sample tasting menu showcasing local food produce and foraging. It will take place in the Pangur Bán restaurant, and places are limited, make sure to book on www.connemaragreenfestival.ie. Tickets cost €40.00 and all proceeds will go to actions for conservation.
The festival ends on Sunday with a walk through the community woodland and a small glass of something special to celebrate this wonderful place, land and seascape.
Most activities are free but some require booking. Please check the website for more details.