Ireland’s first sherry festival to take place in September in Cava Bodega

Multi-award-winning Spanish restaurant Cava Bodega in Galway is celebrating the grape harvest by hosting “Sherry Fiesta’, a sherry festival in September.

Special dishes with sherry pairings will be available throughout the festival, and staff will be available to talk to diners about different sherries, such as Manzanilla, Fino from DO Jerez and Barbadillo

A series of four sherry masterclasses will take place on Friday the 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th of September. Two of these will be hosted by Cava Bodega owner and Michelin star chef  JP McMahon on the 2nd and 23rd of September. Another will be led by Elizabeth Fox, a wine lecturer in GMIT, on the 9th of September; and another by Paddy Murphy, the young Irish sherry aficionado and certified sherry educator behind The Vine Inspiration blog, on the 30th of September.

JP McMahon says, “Sherry is such a beautiful, under-appreciated wine. From dry to nutty to sweet, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy. Sherry is a food lover’s wine. I want everyone to enjoy the pleasure of understanding this unique and ancient drink.”

The cost is €45 per masterclass which includes a copy of the Tapas: A Taste of Spain in Ireland cookbook by JP McMahon. It features recipes from the Cava Bodega menu that have sherry as a key ingredient, such as octopus, chorizo & Oloroso sherry, whole prawns in Fino sherry, and free range duck, plums & PX sherry. The capacity of each masterclass is limited to 25 people.

You can find out more information about Sherry Fiesta with details about the masterclasses and how to book at www.cavarestaurant.ie.

High-res images are available to download here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B74ffwQOIT9sd1p5MVBOaGVqdDQ

Media enquiries to: Olivia Collins, Food PR, [email protected], 087-817-3800.

About Cava Bodega:

Cava Bodega, situated on Middle Street in the centre of Galway city, showcases the very best of Spanish food and wine. Its menu takes the best from local and Iberian influences. Cava Bodega exemplifies good, ethical, casual dining, with tapas passed around the table, communal style; the dishes breed discussion and provide an alternative approach to eating.

Cava Bodega was established in 2008 by husband and wife team JP McMahon, culinary director, and Drigin Gaffey, who oversees the business side of the restaurant. JP is the Ambassador for Spanish Food in Ireland and All-Ireland Local Food Hero 2016. His other restaurants are Michelin-starred Aniar and Eat gastropub, also in Galway.