The Twelve Hotelin Bearna has just introduced a new concept, bringing together all the finestwine tasting notes and musical notes in an Indie Food & Wine Weekend which,like any good indie festival and everything they do at The Twelve, is ashowcase for the best of everything alternative, with an independent,non-mainstream ethos.Indie Fpod and Wine Weekend at The Twelvefocuses on giving independent wines centre stage, shining the spotlight onwines selected by Fergus O’Halloran, The Twelve’s general manager and sommelierextraordinaire, with an emphasis on some smaller Italian wineries which heimports wine from personally a number of times a year.Wine and music have so much in common – thenotes in a glass of wine or piece of music can inspire intense emotion, stimulatehappiness or even joy, or simply fade into a pleasant background. During IndieWine Weekend at The Twelve you get to put the theories that our perception of winecan be deeply influenced by music playing in the background to the test.On Saturday afternoon you’ll visit a bijouversion of a Body & Soul festival upstairs at The Twelve in Na BeannaBeola, with tastings from The Twelve Apostles – Galway’s Rock Stars, mini-treatmentsfrom the fabulous Voya, and a Silent Disco wine tasting.The Silent Disco tasting will involve someinteresting wines, exclusive in Ireland andsourced independently by The Twelve, being paired with music selected by DaraghDukes of Dukes Productions to enhance, amplify, and maybe even confuse! Youractive participation will be required, but there’s no actual dancing necessary– unless you really want to, of course…At dinner in West on Saturday night, Fergus willintroduce more wines and West’schefs will create a pairing menu celebrating the best of local ingredients, allaccompanied by more music chosen to suit the wine and food choices, withplaylists also designed by Dukes Productions. Then make your way downstairs tothe Pins Gastrobar which will feature home-grown live Indie bands from late tolater.Check out after the weekend having triedsome interesting new wines and with a list of fantastic new music or ‘tastingnotes’ to explore – and all after a luxurious break that didn’t involve asingle wet-wipe or wellington boot… Weekends of independent wine and music atThe Twelve’s new Indie Wine and Food Weekends are a little bit eclectic and awhole lot rock’n’roll!Two nights B&B with an Access All Areaspass to the Silent Disco and Body & Soul event on Saturday afternoon, plusdinner in Westwith wines on Saturday night costs just €250 per personsharing.For locals and Day Trippers, a limitednumber of Day Passes are available:June 22nd Saturday Afternoon - Open 2pm to 5pm – Wine, Body and Soul arena with Voya hand andhead massages, local foods tasting and the silent wine pairingTicket price €85 p.p.Saturday Night – Wine Dinner in West – 5 great courses which sing of locality andseasonality paired with Indie Wines and music from Dukes ProductionsTicket Price €75 pp. Bookings available from6pm to 9pm.Triple AAA Passes - ACCESS ALL AREAS PASS- Attend both events - €150 p.p.
TheTwelve Food Apostles include:1. Galway Bay SeafoodsA family business, founded in 1950, fish and seafoodare their passion. Famous for providing the very best in seafood to homes andbusinesses across the West of Ireland.2. Marty’s MusselsA family run business based in North Connemara, Marty has been growingmussels since 2000 in the crystal clear waters of Killary Harbour.Marty’s have their own purification plant, thus making them the freshest,tastiest mussels in Ireland.3. James McGeoughsAn award winning artisan butcher based in Oughterard, Co Galway specialising in fresh sausages, puddings, air dried lamb and pork and superb meats4. Beechlawn OrganicFarmProducer and distributor of fully certified organic fruit and vegetablesin Ballinasloe. Winner of the National Organic awards.5. StephenGouldA small grower of superb varieties of micro herbs and leaves based in Galway6. Joe GerilhyJoe is a renouned supplier of crab to the trade and his crabmeatfeatures heavily on the Twelve’s menus.7. ComharchunamSliog Eisc Connemara ChoBased in Connemara, Alansupplies The Twelve with the freshest, juiciest scallops imaginable8. Connemara AbaloneAn aquaculture company in Rossaveal that is 100% dedicated to thecultivation of abalone and speicialising in growing the premium Japanesespecies known as Ezo.9. Blath naMaraMáirtín OConceanainn and his passionate team hand harvest edible seaweedssuch as Dulse, Carrageen Moss, Sea Spaghetti, Pepper Dulse, Kombu, Kombu Royale, Atlantic Wakame & Sea Lettuce from the cleanshores of the Aran Islands, Ireland.10. Galway Hooker BeerA craft brewery based in the west of Irelanddedicated to the production of high quality, natural and full flavoured beers.11. Solaris OrganicHerbal TeasJörg Müller and Karin Wieland are both fully qualified, practising Medical Herbalistsbased in Galway who have a livingpassion for growing and working with healing plants.12. St.Tolas CheeseIreland’smost sought after organic goats cheese is brought to you from the Westof Ireland,near County Clare’s wild Atlantic coast. St.Tola’s Irish organic goat cheese has achieved exceptional critical acclaimsince its launch over twenty-five years ago.