March Herb of The Month
An early spring herb we love, who is growing vibrant and aromatic in the Lughnasa garden and who represents the promise of spring, is lemon balm or Melissa officinalis. Lemon balm nourishes the nervous system, specifically uplifting to the spirit and emotions. If there are any lingering coughs or viruses from the winter, lemon balm offers a burst of anti-viral protection. Crush a bit of leaf between your fingers and inhale its crisp, fresh scent amplifying the sun and the warming breeze. She is delicious added fresh to your spring salad, steeped into a tea (if it is a clear day, infuse her in the sun!) or make a lemon balm cordial. She is the taste of spring!
Lemon Balm Cordial
1 cup of fresh lemon balm leaves
1 cup of castor sugar
1 cup of water
Combine water and sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a low boil for about 15 minutes. The consistency will become thicker and syrupy. Reduce heat, add the lemon balm leaves and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and steep for an hour or more. Strain out the herb, bottle and store in the fridge. Use as a dessert topping, add to sparkling water or prosecco, use instead of lemon and honey in salad dressings. Delicious in a bit of whiskey! A wonderful gift for Mother’s Day and Easter.
The following food will be provided during the festival:
At the Garden Café
Saturday 9.00a.m to 8.30pm
Sunday 8.30 - 5.00pm
Drinks available up to 10.30pm Saturday night
At our Garden BBQ
Saturday 12.00- 8.00pm
At the Food Stalls
Saturday 12.00 - 8.00pm
Sunday 12.00 - 4.00pm
The Garden Café will serve
Breakfast includes a buffet bar with cereals, bacon/sausage rolls, croissants etc.
Lunch & Dinner is a delicious range of pastas, salads, hot dinners, kids rolls and drinks include a selection of herbal teas, coffee, wine, craft beers and minerals.
There will also be a range of homemade treats in store for your delight
The Garden BBQ will be sizzling sausages and burgers with all the trimmings and the Food Stalls will be serving a variety of foods from Asian street food, baked potatoe, pizza, chips to delicious artisan ice-cream.
Brigit's Garden is 20km from Galway city just off the Wild Atlantic Way.
From Galway city take the N59 in the direction of Clifden. Go through Moycullen and after about 8km you reach the small village of Roscahill. You will see a brown heirtage sign with Brigit's Garden name on it pointing to the right. Take this right and the entrance to Brigit's Garden is on the left approximately 2km from this turn (after the community centre and church on the left hand-side).
Please pay attention to the signs for the overnight carpark and day carpark during this event.
Accommodation Close by
(for Friday and/or Saturday night)
In Roscahill Co. Galway- 5 mins drive from Brigit's Garden
Rockfield House B&B, www.connemara-galway.net 091 555586
In Oughterard, Co. Galway: 10 mins drive from Brigit's Garden
Camillaun Lodge, www.camillaun.com 091 552678
The Boat Inn, www.theboatinn.ie 091 552196 (family rooms from €78)
Ross Lake House Hotel, www.rosslakehotel.com, 091 550109
The Connemara Lake Hotel www.theconnemaralakehotel.com 091 866016
Oughterard Hostel www.oughterardhostel.com 091 552388
Overnight for Campervans, contact Dessie Walsh in Oughterard, €10 per van, email@example.com 085 2899391
Hostel Accommodation: Oughterard Hostel www.oughterardhostel.com 091 552388
Salthill Caravan Park ; Salthill, Galway City, County Galway
Tel: 091 523972; 086 8175551 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spiddal Mobile Home Park www.spiddalmobilehomes.ie Tel: 091 553372, Mob: 087 7607698 Email: email@example.com
There is plenty of other accommodation listed at www.discoverireland.ie Follow links for accommodation and search for Moycullen or Oughterard
More details to follow!! Please spread the word, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!! Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!
Slán go fóill :)*