I posted a meet-up on the Clare vegan meet-up group and four of us turned up one windy but pleasant Friday morning in September 2018 in Kinvara, just over the Clare border in county Galway.
We travelled from home via the ‘Newline’, which takes you from Crusheen, through Tubber, in a kind-of straight line to Kinvara. The views of the Burren and the surrounding rocky countryside can be stunning. The weather was perfect.
The market was busy (Kinvara usually is) and a fine selection of prepared food, snacks, veggies and sundry crafts were on sale. The pictures in this post omit the people selling totally non-vegan stuff, such as the seafood, eggs and cheese.
We had to have a crȇpe, just compulsory.
I had mushroom and spinach with pesto and chilli oil; Julie went for artichokes and tomatoes with pesto.
The centrepiece of the market, for us, was Deirdre’s amazing food. 100% vegan, 100% imaginative and tasty. And I think it was all savoury, which suited me to the ground. Sweet plant-based foods are easy and abundant; savouries require more thought.
We got what I recall was a ‘yeeze cake’, like half a bun, roast veggies on top, crowned with falafel, to take home as well as some chickpea hummus and vegan cheese rolls.
We sat on a bench and tried Deirdre’s subtle but warming spiced lentil and veg soup, very rich and umami. Traditional musicians played in the background.
We then visited Siar, a café facing the harbour, for coffee and vegan muffins. But there was only one left. It almost seems unfair to me that vegan stuff sells out first.
And then a walk on the quayside in glorious sunshine. Must get home. Apples to pick, tomatoes to process.
While in Kinvara, try to visit Dungaire Castle. It’s beautifully kept and said to be one of the most photographed castles in Ireland, so here you go:
Post 0028, 21/09/2018