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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Tourism Ireland's new Taste the Island campaign Celebrates Food & Drink


Armagh Food & Cider Festival 

Good news for food lovers!  Tourism Ireland has announced Taste the Island, a celebration of Ireland’s food and drink, taking place from September 6 to November, 30, 2019. 
The culinary celebrations begin with one of Ireland's leading food festivals, A Taste of West Cork, September 6-15.
Taste the Island is meant to highlight  the exceptional level of quality food and drink produced in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  It's a chance to witness innovative artisan producers and world-class chefs coming together in kitchens all over the country to create one of the most exciting food events in the world.



With more than 500 food and drink-related experiences to savour, there will never be a more exciting time to discover the thriving farm-to-table, sea-to-fork culinary scene in Ireland.
Among the many experiences to enjoy are a plethora of food trails and tours along the rugged coasts of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route.
Distillery and brewery tours will feature tastings, tours and hands-on workshops, while buzzing food festivals and farmers’ markets will offer hundreds of opportunities to meet the makers who are bringing together fresh, local ingredients to create an array of sensational flavours.
From wild food foraging experiences, learning how to smoke salmon or churn your own butter, to oyster shucking, Michelin starred fine dining and craft beer and whiskey trails, there will be memorable culinary experiences all around the country.
Some of the highlights to look forward to include a Harvest Moon Supper at Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. Here, guests will be able to dine beneath the protective beam of the lighthouse while enjoying the sunset and harvest moon rise over Hook Peninsula in County Wexford.
In County Donegal, a team of chefs will create a feast for all the senses. Their unique dining experience will let you tuck into Donegal roast goat at the foot of Mount Errigal, a picture-postcard mountain in Ireland’s northernmost county.
And with the rich harvest coming in, fantastic food festivals will light up the entire autumn with the likes of the Armagh Food & Cider Festival (19 – 22 September), the Galway International Seafood and Oyster Festival (27 – 29 September), the Derry Slow Food Festival (12 – 13 October) and Savour Kilkenny (24 – 28 October) on the calendar.
And don’t miss Taste the Island’s starter. With over 250 events taking place across 10 days, 50 towns and villages and eight islands, A Taste of West Cork (6 – 15 September) will be a gastronomic adventure through a mix of food markets, cooking demos, dinners, brunches and banquets, with guest chefs, tastings, talks, exhibitions, children's events and more.

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