On the second day in Galway, we went to the Galway Seafood and Oyster Festival
We only stayed in Galway for the long weekend so we had to make the most of our last day to roam around. On our first day, we took a leisure stroll around the city center and visited a number of attractions around. And in case you missed it, you can read my entry here.
The next day, we woke up to a really gloomy weather. I even checked my weather app to see if things will get better. But to my disappointment, that day was expected to receive showers and gray clouds. That didn’t stop us from stepping out, though. We just prepared ourselves by wearing the appropriate outdoor gear to protect us from the rain!
The moment we decided to go to Galway, we made plans to go to the Galway Oyster and Seafood Festival. I am not a fan of oysters (not my thing) but wanted to see what the event is all about. We booked the ticket the day before so we just need to be there at the venue when it opens at 12 in the afternoon.
We got ready earlier than the start of the festival (around 10-ish) but didn’t want to wait inside our apartment. So we took off and went back to the city center, hoping to find something open to grab a decent cup of coffee. Unfortunately, since it was a Sunday, it seemed most shops are not open until 11 AM. We were so close to settling for a McDonald’s coffee when we stumbled on this trendy cafe called Coffeewerk + Press. I intend to write more in detail about this place in the coming days!
My friend visiting us from Singapore bought some souvenirs while we were drinking coffee. After that, we decided to head towards the festival venue. The weather wasn’t looking great either so we thought it was better to seek shelter from the festival tent.
The festival just opened when we arrived. Shortly after arriving, we noticed there were still a lot of empty seats available. We initially wanted to grab a seat closer to the food stalls but there were other prams “parked” around the area.
As always, we grabbed our drinks before thinking about food, LOL. I ordered our drinks and the friendly bartender even helped to carry the 3 pints to our table. He shared some tidbits about Guinness on how to do the proper “pour” as we walked!
My friend ordered fresh oysters since that’s the highlight of the event anyway. I didn’t taste it but it looked plump and fresh! I also bought more food to share – that was our lunch, too. We enjoyed some squid calamari and chips as well as mussels! Everything tasted great. Especially the mussels – it was so fresh it tasted naturally sweet!
While we were eating, more people arrived and a band started playing. My son loved the band! He’s always on the dance floor hopping and dancing to the music. The other kids followed his lead so the dance floor was filled with kids hopping around, HAHA!
I thought my son would spend the entire time on the dance floor. But the kids were slowly outnumbered with a dancing group. They were only disappointed for a very short while, though. Not entirely sure, but it seemed it was a group of professional circus troupe setting up close to our table. They had juggling balls, balance rope, face painting sessions, and hula hoops to keep young kids entertained!
My son was definitely having a blast. We were sitting comfortably while watching him when we noticed he started doing his “thing”. We confirmed our suspicions when we smelled something as we approached. My husband is the person in-charge of nappy changing when we are outdoors and he wasn’t too pleased with it. The festival only had portable toilets and no diaper changing facilities for kids. He was so close to leaving (our AirBnb apartment was nearby) when we tried talking to one of the people in-charge of the event. She admitted they don’t have a designated facility for babies but offered the boot of her car as an alternative. To be honest, I am still in shock how a complete stranger would be so accommodating to us like that. I politely refused initially but seeing as there was no other alternative (and she made the offer a lot of times already), I gave in.
My son was not too happy with the diaper changing experience, though. But that genuine act of kindness towards complete strangers (like us) really left a mark for me! Unfortunately, I did not get the lady’s name or took a photo with her. But meeting people like her while on vacation makes the place so memorable in a positive way.
In general, I genuinely felt the locals in Galway are friendly. I just hope the festival would cater for small children and babies in future, though. Especially if they allow them inside the area, having a designated diaper-changing facilities would greatly help parents like us, who don’t have a car or only there during the festival.