Travelling always goes along with exploring foreign cuisines and food traditions. Recently, food tourism is a booming business in Ireland, combining short history lessons with delicious tastings of traditional and contemporary Irish food trends.
Food tourism is not only for tourists, locals can also find out surprising things they didn’t know about Irish food. We collected the Top 10 Irish food tours and trails for tourists and Irish!
1. Dublin Tasting Trail
This award winning 2,5 hours culinary tour through Dublin will lead you to bakeries, food halls, street markets, cheesemongers, delicatessens and other speciality shops and in the meantime you’ll also learn a little about the culture and history of each neighbourhood. The tour includes tastings at many stops, making sure that you’re not getting hungry from watching all the delicious products.
Time and Place: The walk starts from the city centre at 10 am every Saturday morning throughout the year and every Friday and Saturday during the summer months.
2. Dublin Tapas Trial
The Tapas Trail is a brand new guided 3-hour tour through Dublin, visiting three Tapas restaurants where the group get to sample some amazing Tapas while enjoying a delicious glass of wine in each venue. The tour guides are locals and will give you some knowledge of Dublin’s history and also provide some up to date cultural knowledge. A great chance to discover Dublin through delicious food, meet new people and get to know the restaurants and its staff.
Time and Place: 1st January to 31st December daily at 14:00 and at 18:00 (except Friday and Saturday). Starts in the city centre.
3. Irish Food Trail Dublin
Irish Food Trail Dublin is a 3-hour tour through Dublin in small groups during which you will visit 3 traditional Irish restaurants or pubs, with your very own local guide. You’ll meet local people and experience the culture and history of our great city. It includes a spread of Irish food in each of the restaurants and a traditional Irish drink, glass or tastings of Irish beer in each venue. Additionally, you’ll discover a hidden side of Dublin and eventually make up some new friends.
Time and Place: Daily at 2 pm and 6 pm. The venues are kept secret and the meeting points are changed. You’ll get the infos after your booking.
Price: from 50,00
4. Delicious Dublin Tours
A tour lead by award winning food blogger Ketty Elisabeth aka French Foodie in Dublin, visiting local shops along with food and drink businesses where you will sample some delicious Irish food and drinks, as well as learning all about the history of Irish food and Dublin’s modern food scene.The small groups will give you the chance to find out where the locals go and get plenty of insider tips.
Plus: She also offers private and French tours!
Time and Place: Every Saturday, starts in city centre.
5. Cork Tasting Trail
Cork Tasting Trail visits different markets, cheesemongers, fishmongers, butchers, bakers and more and meet the people who produce some of the best food in Ireland. Aside from that, you will learn a lot about the history and architecture of Cork within the 2,5 hour/tour. For sure it includes generous and frequent tastings along the way.
Time and Place: Cork Tasting Trail starts from the city centre at 10.30 am on Saturday morning.
6. Kilkenny Tasting Trail
The tour through Kilkenny is a combination of great food, great craft and great history. The guides will introduce you to Kilkenny’s many unexpected culinary and craft treasures on a 2.5 hour leisurely walk, giving you the chance to meet some of Kilkenny’s gifted crafts people who show their skills and share their secrets. Most important part: you’ll get to taste the city’s best food!
Time and Place: Kilkenny Tasting Trail starts at 10.30 am on selected Saturdays in the city centre.
7. Dillisk in Aughrusbeg
Dillisk is a very special, seaside food project that takes place in a cosy, converted boat shed in Aughrusbeg, Connemara, Galway. You’ll enjoy a unique dinner made of the products that were harvested during the day: seaweed from the shore and fish bought fresh off the boats just down the road in Cleggan Harbor. The project aims to aim teach you more about what is naturally available on land and shore while having a culinary delight.
Time and Place: Aughrusbeg, Connemara, Galway. Several days a week, check upcoming dates and directions on the Website.
8. “Around the Market Place”-Tour in Galway
During Galway’s first food tour “Around the Market Place” guide Sheena Dignam will lead you along the streets of Galway were you will meet Artisanal Producers and sample their products, while soaking up the atmosphere of the West. During the 1,5 to 2-hour tour you will sample the finest Cheese’s, the freshest oysters and sushi, the sweetest treats, hoppy beer, flavoursome coffee and so on and so forth!
Time and Place: Tours running Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at the marketplace.
9. Burren Food Trail
This food trial is a highly individual one, offering a range of quality food establishments in the area of Burren. Each of the featured restaurants offers a Burren Food Trail Signature Dish to savour. You can decide for yourself how to follow the trail – stop at every point or else dip in and out along the way, according to your taste, interest and location. The staff will tell you everything you want to know about the regional food story, menus which state the source of local produce, information on local food events and markets. Check out the locations on the website!
Time, Place and Price: Individual.
10. Special one: Food and Fashion Trial Dublin
Food is fashion. So why not combine a food trial with a fashion trail? Food and Fashion Trial is a 2.5 hour walkabout in Dublin that includes tasting wonderful food and finding wonderful style from emerging and established fashion designers in new and old shops.
Time and Place: Food & Fashion is an occasional series of walks with one each month.
Check this website to see further dates: http://www.fabfoodtrails.ie/food-fashion/