Taste your way around Ireland with a fantastic food tour that introduces you to an area’s very best local produce.
10 Fabulous Food Tours In Ireland
Achill Island Farm Tours
Fancy a food tour on a working farm? Then head to Achill Island in Co Mayo and meet the Calvey family and their flock of wild Mayo Blackface Mountain Sheep.
On a Calvey farm tour, you’ll witness the working sheepdog’s herd flocks of wild sheep and also get to see sheep shearing using old-fashioned hand shears.
For a pure taste of the wild Mayo landscape, you’ll finish the farm experience with a warming, comforting bowl of Achill Mountain Lamb stew. “If you’re looking for a genuine, authentic ‘remote rural’ sheep farming experience and you enjoy meeting the characters involved, here’s a true-to-life window into the vernacular, the local culture and the craic,” says Martina Calvey of her farm tours.
If you fancy some farmyard fun, book a tour.
Ballyvolane House Foraging Tours
Spend a fascinating couple of hours wandering around an original Irish country estate learning about nature’s bounty on a foraging food tour at Ballyvolane House.
“We offer leaf and flower foraging from April to June and berry and mushroom foraging in the autumn,” explains Justin Green, who grew up in this remarkable place. Leading the tours, he takes guests inside Ballyvolane House and gardens and through the woodlands and meadows, chatting about the history of the house and land and its relevance in today’s world.
Guests on the tour are given a basket to collect their own bounty and afterwards enjoy a two-course lunch in the house. “We would incorporate some of the foraged plants in the menu. Most of the ingredients are grown in the walled garden or reared on the farm at Ballyvolane House,” he shares.
If foraging for your lunch sounds like fun, book a tour.
Delicious Dublin Food Tours
Join multi-award winning food writer and Delicious Dublin Tours owner Ketty Quigley on a food tour around the capital and discover some incredible small, independent food businesses while learning about the people behind them.
“The food offered on the tour has been chosen to represent the evolution of Irish food and is used to tell a story of Irish food history,” Ketty tells us. “Guests are introduced to both traditional and modern Irish food and drinks and can expect to taste amazing dairy products, baked goods, traditional dishes, craft beer, Irish whiskey and seafood.
They will learn that Ireland has a rich food culture that’s worth shouting about and see the city from a different perspective.”
Hungry for more? Book a public or private tour with Ketty on www.deliciousdublintours.com website.
Fab Food Trails (Cork)
Take a wander around Cork City with a local and discover the history, culture and buzzing food scene of the culinary capital of Ireland.
On a food tour with Fab Food Trails “All the producers and purveyors we visit are enthusiastic and proud of their produce and delighted to share their knowledge and experience, says Eveleen Coyle, founder of Fab Food Trails.
“They are always happy to engage, answer questions and have a laugh. Groups are always small and trail stops are never revealed in advance. “Surprise is very much part of the experience,” she promises, “but fun and insights are always guaranteed.”
Fab Food Trails start in the city centre and last 2.5hrs. Private walks can also be arranged. Book at www.fabfoodtrails.ie.
Galway Food Tours
Discover the culinary delights of the West on a gourmet excursion around Galway City, the Aran Islands, Clare or Connemara with tour guide Sheena Dignam.
“Ireland is still somewhat known for the staples of Guinness, stews, brown bread etc,” says Sheena, “but I love when people walk away saying, ‘Wow, I had no idea how rich the food and drink scene is in Galway’.”
Sheena’s tours promise to give “a great overview of our passionate people and our beautiful produce which combine to make Galway one of Ireland’s gourmet jewels.
During the tour, you will get to experience a taste from artisan producers, cheesemakers, creative beer projects, artisan chocolatiers, traditional family-run businesses and young entrepreneurs with devotion and commitment to showcasing the best of Irish produce.”
If that’s whetted your appetite, book a tour with Sheena.
Howth Experiences Craft Beer and Seafood Trail
“Howth has a reputation for having some of the best seafood restaurants in Ireland and I bring you to my favourites,” says Mark McHale of his Craft Beer and Seafood Trail.
“We take guests through the history of Howth and its importance to Dublin and Ireland through the centuries, as well as tasting the best locally caught seafood in Ireland washed down with some of our finest craft beers.
There is also an opportunity to chat with local fishermen as we walk across the piers and hopefully meet the local colony of seals and other wildlife.”
To experience Howth like a local, book a tour with Mark.
Kenmare Foodie Tours
For a small town, Kenmare in Co Kerry is a big hitter when it comes to fantastic food offerings and local artisan producers.
Taking you on a walking tour of this tasty town is television cook and Irish food blogger Karen Coakley. “There is much to explore and even more to taste in Kenmare,” Karen enthuses. “Taste local delicacies, sip some wine, chat to local traders and hear the stories of the people behind the food.
You might also enjoy specialities such as artisan bread, locally roasted coffee, rich cheeses, spicy sausages, black pudding and homemade ice cream.”
Treat your tastebuds and contact Karen via www.kenmarefoodies.ie website to arrange a tour.
Kinsale Food Tours
“Kinsale has an amazing reputation for passionate people creating fabulous food,” enthuses Suzanne Burns, founder of Kinsale Food Tours. “From chocolatiers to mead makers to spearfishermen, Kinsale packs a punch.”
Tour guests will be “well-fed with sumptuous treats, regaled with wild and interesting tales, and head away with a full belly and a learned mind,” she promises.
For something a little different, Suzanne also runs foraging and picnic tours at a nearby coastal spot as well as a private yacht picnic charter that sails from Kinsale on a half-day cruise while introducing a selection of fantastic local food and drinks.
For a taste of the town, contact Suzanne at www.kinsalefoodtours.com.
Taste & Tour Belfast Food Tours
Explore the culture and cuisine of Belfast whilst having the craic with the locals with Taste & Tour.
Founder, Caroline Wilson, tells us that guests can expect everything from Ulster Fry pintxos to a marmalade Martini using one of the incredible local gins.
“We work with over 40 venues, so the array of food and drink we have in our arsenal is vast, but local produce is always key, so organic smoked salmon, infused apple cider vinegar using the Armagh Bramley Apples, the best blue cheese in Ireland and local craft beers are just some of the items guests can look forward to enjoying.”
For a belly-busting Belfast excursion, book a tour at www.tasteandtour.co.uk.
Taste Wexford Food Tours
“The food producers featured on our tours have a great understanding of their part in telling Wexford’s rich food story and take great pride that the food and drink that they make, grow or serve is Wexford-made, explains Karen Cloke, who helps coordinate the Taste Wexford food tours.
Guests experience a variety of foods and flavours at farm shops, soft fruit farms, bakeries, cafes and restaurants and you can try a range of foods from traditional freshly baked Irish soda bread using locally milled flour, to seafood chowder and, of course, those sweet strawberries that are synonymous with Wexford.
If you’d like to sample the wonderful food of Wexford, book a tour at www.tastewexford.ie
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