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Budding chefs are being invited to create a dish comprising home grown ingredients and wild and foraged foods from around the Burren Region of County Clare.

Organised by the Burren Ecotourism Network and supported by the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, the Burren Masterchef Cookery Competition forms part of the second annual Burren Food Fayre which takes place on Sunday October 27th at the Pavilion in Lisdoonvarna.

The Fayre will feature tastings, cookery demonstrations and food stall displays hosted by food producers and restaurants throughout the Burren.

The Burren Masterchef Cookery Competition will feature two categories for adults and secondary school students. The judging panel comprises Professional Chef and Chair of the Clare Tourism Forum Donnagh Gregson (Bunratty Cookery School), John Sheedy (Sheedy’s Hotel & Restaurant) and Richard Morrison (winner of the inaugural Burren Masterchef Cookery Competition 2012). The prizes on the day will include a voucher for two people to attend a lunch and afternoon cookery demonstration at the world-famous Ballymaloe Cookery School, as well as a voucher to attend a full-day cookery lesson at Bunratty Cookery School.

Tina O’Dwyer, Co-ordinator of the recently launched Burren Food Trail said the Burren Food Fayre and the Burren Masterchef Cookery Competition are showcase events for the Burren’s thriving food sector and “perfectly complement the innovative Burren Weekly Food Series 2013, the first such initiative of its kind ever developed in Ireland. In fact, the Burren Food Fayre is the final event in a series of more than 30 events that have taken place in the Burren Region since mid April.”

She added: “The fertile valleys of the Burren have long been known for their quality food produce, particularly for the production of beef and lamb thanks to a unique and ancient system of farming. In recent years, this food tradition has expanded through the emergence of many award-winning chef-led restaurants and high quality artisan food producers, as well as an increase in practising market gardeners and growers.”

“The upcoming events form part of our ongoing efforts to encourage local suppliers and restaurateurs to maximise the use of local ingredients in all prepared food. The members of the Burren Food Trail have for example, each achieved recognised quality awards and standards, and are also bound by their commitment to ensure staff are knowledgeable about the regional food story, menus state the source of local produce, and information is provided on local food events and markets,” stated Ms. O’Dwyer.

The Burren Food Fayre and the Burren Masterchef Cookery Competition take place on Sunday October 27th, 2013, at the Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, from 12.30-4.30pm. Other Burren Food Experience 2013 events scheduled to take place in the coming weeks include Burren Brewery Tasting, Dinner & Traditional Music, Lisdoonvarna (6pm, 7 Oct), Gourmet Vegetarian Harvest Dinner, Lisdoonvarna (7.30pm, 14 Oct) and Game & Wine Evening, Ballyvaughan (7pm, 21 Oct). For more see www.burrenecotourism.com/food.