I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was one of the best I’ve had in ages. On Saturday I went to the Ireland V Wales rugby match in Dublin, thanks again to Foley’s Hop House for the tickets! On Sunday, I attended the press launch of the Campo Viejo Tapas Trail. If you know me, then you’ll know about my undying (and a little excessive) love for all things wine and food related so when I heard the words “Tapas Trail” alone, I was sold.
The trail is organised by Spanish winemaker’s, Campo Viejo. They have ran these trails in Dublin and Cork for a few years but this year is the first time they have brought the trail to Galway. With all the Spanish connections and roots that Galway has, it only made sense for them to bring it here next.
We started the day off in the beautiful The House Hotel where we were greeted by our brilliant guide, Paul and were given a glass of cava. He explained to us all about how our day was about to go and what to expect along the way. In each restaurant we would receive a glass of Rioja along with some tapas. Our first dish was amazing- pork croquettes served with crab and gazpacho. So good!
Along the way and in between each restaurant our tour guide told us stories about old Galway and even though I am a Galway native, he managed to tell me things I had never heard. He was a natural story teller and had everyone in stitches laughing at numerous points throughout the day. Next we made our way onto Cava Bodega. Here, we were given a mouth watering selection of patatas bravas, black pudding with chickpeas and pork belly bruschetta. And of course, another glass of that Campo Viejo Reserva!
Our next stop was Sheridan’s Wine Bar where we were served up platters of cheese, cured meats and bread. In each restaurant the chef came out and spoke to us about what they made for us and where our food had come from. In Sheridans, the owner Seamus told us a few stories, shared a few tips about where to get the most authentic food on holidays and even updated us on the Mayo- Dublin score!
Our last stop was at The Kitchen by Spanish Arch. Here again, our wonderful guide told us some more stories before we went in. Whilst describing a young man as quite full of himself he said that “if he was a lollipop, he’d lick himself”. My best friend, Vicky and I both agreed it was one of the best phrases we’d ever heard. I can see it becoming one of our favourites. As The Kitchen was our final stop, they served us a desert- lemon drizzle cake and chocolate truffle pops. Honest to God heaven!!
The Tapas Trail is running in Galway from August 26th to September 9th and is on twice a week- on a Wednesday evening from 6pm to 9pm and on a Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Tickets cost €30 and you can book them here. I couldn’t recommend doing it more, it was such a lovely way to spend an afternoon- drinking wine, enjoying good food, meeting new people and learning new things about the friendliest city in the world, Galway. From someone visiting for the first time to someone who has lived in Galway their whole life, it’s a lovely way to see the city and enjoy some of what it has to offer.
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I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I’m on holidays this week so I’ll be taking it easy, blogging a bit more and of course, getting ready for Electric Picnic! The countdown is on!