It is said the best way to experience a country is through its food. Ireland’s culinary & food community is thriving and if you really want to delve into this growing scene--try a food or culinary tour. You’ll experience modern Irish cuisine and meet the locals and artisans who provide, procure and prepare it. Tours could include visits to bakeries, street markets, cheesemongers, specialty shops or local craft beer makers or straight to the farm or sea.
Specialty tours are tailored to you or your group and could include:
A visit to a famous smokehouse to learn how salmon is prepared and smoked using tradition methods
A visit to an Irish farm and meet the farmer's who diligently raise some of Ireland's finest Irish beef or lamb
A visit to an oyster farm in County Waterford or seaweed harvesting in Inis Mor (Aran Islands) or a fishing dock to discover the bountiful seafood pulled fresh from Irish waters by the fisherman who have fished for generations
Whether guided or independent, walking food tours (or trails) are a great way to explore a city. Guides are often 'mini historians' who will are filled with a treasure trove of historical and interesting information --participants also get an intimate look at the culture of each neighborhood. Food tours & trails are available all over Ireland-- from Belfast to tasting tours in Dublin, Kilkenney and Cork to Derry and all can be arranged in advance as a part of a group or private group.
Serious foodies can participate in a cooking class or course at some of the most famous cookery schools in Ireland--from the BelleIsle cookery in County Fermanagh to the Ballymaloe school in County Cork. Ballymaloe is run by celebrity chef and author, Darina Allen, who has pioneered the 'slow food' movement in Ireland. Visitors to Dublin can take an evening class or participate in a lunchtime demonstration at Alix Garnder's.
Talented chefs at popular restaurants also offer instruction—learn to filet a fish and sauté John Dory at James Street South in Belfast or take a masterclass at the Tannery in County Waterford with owner chef Paul Flynn.
Any number of food related experiences can be created or added to an existing trip. Culinary food tours can be arranged for individuals or small groups--let us know what you're looking for and we'll make it happen!