JCI Galway’s ‘More Than Oysters’ event

All sorts of goodies will be available during the 55th Galway International Oyster Festival, as the Junior Chamber International (JCI ) Galway has teamed up with festival organisers to hold a special ‘More Than Oysters’ exhibition which will showcase the best of Galway.

The event will take place in the main ballroom in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa on Saturday September 26 between 1pm and 6pm. Festival goers have a chance to find out more about a selection of local businesses as well as taste quality artisan foods from some of Galway’s indigenous and award-winning food producers.

JCI Galway is currently inviting expressions of interest from Galway businesses, in particular food producers, to take a stand and use this marketing and promotional opportunity to present their products to the estimated 2,000 attendees.

Similar to the committee of the Oyster Festival, a voluntary committee of JCI Galway members are currently planning and organising the ‘More Than Oysters’ event and headed up by two past JCI presidents Máirín O’Reilly and Evelyn Cormican.

“We believe our hugely successful festival is ready to develop, grow and adapt to changes. We are delighted with the input of JCI Galway in undertaking the ‘More Than Oysters’ event and look forward to an even more enjoyable and memorable festival this year,” commented Brian O’Higgins, president of Galway International Oyster Festival 2009.

JCI Galway has a longstanding reputation for its contribution to Galway’s Tourism Industry through the Galway City and County Tourist Guide which began in 1967 and has been produced annually for 42 years.

Galway’s International Oyster Festival which has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors over the last 55 years begins on Thursday September 24 with a free event at The Foster Court Hotel where the Irish Oyster Opening Championship will take place in Morgan’s Bar. The Mardi Gras party in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa promises to be a colourful and entertaining night with tickets priced €125. Saturday’s events begin with the Oyster Festival Parade at 12 noon going from Spanish Arch to Eyre Square which will be led by the newly crowned Oyster Pearl. There are openings for local businesses to take part in this parade also. Saturday’s ‘Oyster Tasting Afternoon’ is now priced at €55 including the JCI Galway ‘More Than Oysters’ event. Book tickets online at www.galwayoysterfest.ie Galway businesses are invited to contact Máirín O’Reilly on 087 2407903 or Evelyn Cormican on 087 6083846 or email [email protected] for more information and to secure a place at the ‘More Than Oysters’ event.

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