Sample the real taste of Ireland with a tour of Ireland’s gastronomic delights.
In the past Irish food was often mistakenly thought to consist of nothing more than potatoes and mutton. How wrong. The food and cooking of Ireland are steeped in history and heritage and Irish food draws on the wealth of ingredients available from the sea, the forests and fields of Ireland. Fast becoming the most sustainable producer of fresh and organic produce in the world, you can find it all in Ireland, from delicious country markets selling fresh meat and vegetables, pubs with to-die-for seafood and world class michelin starred restaurants.
Start off your tour in Dublin, where amongst the huge variety of food and drink available you will spend some time learning how to make the perfect Irish Coffee. This is followed by an afternoon in the wild forests of County Wicklow, where you will walk with an experienced forager getting to know plants in each season, to touch, smell, taste and see plants growing in their own habitat. Foraging is a doorway back to nature, a taste of the life our ancestors lived, connected to all that is living around us, to the coming and going of the seasons.
Moving further south to County Cork,visit the famous English Market in Cork city – home to some of the most fabulous food southern Ireland has to offer. Watch the stallholders arranging baskets of baked soda bread, wheeling in trays of glazed pastries stacked 20 high, and pricing up piles of freshly caught fish. Head further south to what is often referred to as the food capital of Ireland, the picturesque village of Kinsale. Here you can eat in one of the many mouthwatering cafes or restaurants. We can arrange a trip on a fishing boat around the Old Head of Kinsale, where you are guaranteed a good catch, with mackerel, crab and ray very common in the waters. Dolphins are also a regular sight and if you are lucky you may even see a whale or two.
The next day, visit an organic farm in the far west of County Cork. See how they produce glorious nutty and buttery cheeses in their award-winning dairy, as well as salami, bacon and sausages. The pigs, chickens, wild boar and beautiful black Kerry cows are all free range and very well looked after.
After this travel up the Atlantic coast where you can visit a seaweed kitchen, where you will begin by harvesting your own seaweed and then learn the various nutritional benefits, culminating in rolling your own sushi lunch. Finish off your tour in Galway where you can shuck your own oyster on a working oyster farm.
On your tour of Ireland, Get Away to Educate can organize a full itinerary which can include trips to see the best Ireland has to offer in food and drink. You won’t be disappointed!
Learning to make an Irish Coffee with a professional and very handome barista was a blast. I’m looking forward to showing off my new skills at home…thank you so much