Ireland: Food-To-Table Tours

By Patricia Canole

Ireland, for its size, has a strong sense of national identity—mainly as St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated this month worldwide. However, when it comes to its cuisine—long known for Irish stew, soda bread, and colcannon—the new lot of chefs have made an impact on the global menu. Today, many are winning awards—and palates, too—with unmatched cuisine. Now is an exciting time to indulge in a bit of Ireland and its farm-to-table cuisine. So why not center your next getaway to Erin on a food tour and discover the culinary delights on one of these memorable tours? Slainte!

Delicious Dublin Food Tours Next time you’re on a city break to Dublin, be sure to join multi-award-winning food writer Ketty Quigley on a food tour around the capital. It will take you on a journey through Ireland’s food history and offers a taste of traditional and modern Irish food and drinks, including fantastic dairy products, baked goods, craft beer, whiskey, and seafood.
Info: deliciousdublintours.com

Fab Food Trails County Cork claims to be the culinary capital of Ireland, so here’s your chance to put that to the test. A 2.5-hour tour around Cork city will take you to top producers and purveyors offering the most delicious food and intriguing local knowledge about the city’s history and gastronomic credentials.
Info: www.fabfoodtrails.ie

Howth Craft Beer and Seafood Trail A winning combination of the finest craft beers, the highest quality locally caught seafood, and the picturesque surroundings of the village of Howth, north of Dublin, makes this food tour one to relish. The experience includes a history of the village and a chance to chat with the locals as you walk across the piers to view the local colony of seals. Info: goodfoodirelandshop.com 

Taste & Tour Belfast Food Tours If you’re up for a marmalade martini or some Ulster Fry pintxos, head to Belfast to enjoy a mix of culture, cuisine, and craic on one of the many food and drink tours available. The award-winning, belly-busting, four-hour Belfast Food tour includes a taste of organic smoked salmon, wonderful cheeses, incredible local gins, craft beers, and specialty loaves of bread.
Info: tasteandtour.co.uk

Kenmare Foodie Tours The pretty village of Kenmare on the world-famous Ring of Kerry is home to a thriving food scene and will surprise you with its eclectic mix of cuisines. Take a walking tour with television cook and Irish food blogger Karen Coakley to experience local delicacies and chat with local traders and producers. Info: kenmarefoodies.com

Taste Wexford Food Tours Wexford’s rich food story is told on a tour of farm shops, soft fruit farms, bakeries, cafes, and restaurants, enabling you to sample a range of foods from traditional freshly baked Irish soda bread using locally milled flour to seafood chowder and the sweetest locally grown strawberries.
Info: http://www.tastewexford.ie

Kinsale Food Tours The busy fishing port of Kinsale in County Cork is the perfect place to sample fresh seafood and many other artisan local delicacies. The tour also promises to regale you with wild and exciting tales. Come hungry as you will be well fed. Info: kinsalefoodtours.com  

For more information on IReland, visit ireland.com