Congratulations to The Burren! The rocky region in the west has prevailed against numerous other Irish towns and deservedly won the title Foodie Town 2015.
“What made The Burren stand out as exemplary was the comprehensiveness of their food offering from field – or in their case, fertile rock – through to fork. Food-loving tourists to The Burren are in for an intriguing treat”, announced Aoife Carrigy, Chairperson of IFWG at a ceremony held at Fallon & Byrne in Dublin on Monday night.
Towns and communities from all over Ireland have been invited to compete and fight for the title. During the competition, hosted by The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) in association with Admailer.ie from An Post, the participants had to actively promote themselves with different activities such as food festivals, gourmet trails or farmers’ markets as well as great dining experiences. The runner in the end was Derry, another food hotspot in Ireland.
Among the competitors were also Clare’s own Loop Head Peninsula , The Boyne Valley, Kilkenny, Kinsale, Howth, Dungarvan, Sligo and West Cork. The Burren had already had a huge success in its food history earlier this year: The Burren Food Trail was honoured as the Irish winner of the 2015 European Destination of Excellence Award for developing a tourism offering based on their local gastronomy that balances sustaining the local environment with the promotion of viable tourism. Looks as if 2015 was a milestone in the town’s culinary history.
Besides the honour of decorating themselves with the title “Foodie Town 2015”, The Burren will certainly welcome numerous excited food-lovers that will come to visit and try the award-winning food. Their specialities include the Burren Gold Cheese, Goat Cheese from St. Tola’s Farm, Linnalla’s ice-cream and Hazel Mountains Chocolate.
Sounds tempting to you? Then you should definitely treat yourself to a weekend-food-trip to The Burren!