With our versatile flavours, local ingredients and innovative techniques, it’s no wonder the island of Ireland is fast becoming a haven for foodies all over the globe. On your next visit, these delicious experiences cannot be missed.
For those with a sweet tooth, make your way to Wilde Irish Chocolates
in County Clare
. If you’ve always dreamt of owning your own chocolate factory, or if you’ve always wondered what one looks like on the inside, now’s your chance to discover what a real working chocolate factory does! Tours include a behind-the-scenes look at how Wilde Irish chocolates are made, as well as the history behind chocolate and the factory. You’ll also get the chance to make your own creations, and have the hard task of testing the chocolates…
If you’re looking for something to wash down all the yummy chocolate, make a stop at the Armagh Cider Company
in County Armagh
for a tour and tasting. The Troughton family are very proud of their ‘blossom to bottle’ philosophy, and you’ll see this passion reflected on the tour. See the apples being fermented and the bottling process before sampling a selection of the refreshingly fruity ciders at the end of the tour.
Because of our fresh waters, there’s an abundance of wildlife that swim beneath the waves around the island. Head to Connemara
in County Galway
where you’ll find DK Connemara Oysters
, one of the oldest oyster farms on the island of Ireland. Learn how these oysters are harvested over three years, growing from seed to plate in carefully cultivated oyster beds, and try one fresh from Ballinakill Bay. Or, as an extra treat, try an extended tour in spring where you can see the beds where the oysters are grown!
If you’re looking for a great food experience that will teach you some practical skills, then try Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen
in County Down
. Just 30 minutes outside of Belfast
, Tracey offers a real down to earth experience, where you’ll feast on tea and cakes before rolling up your sleeves to knead your very own doughy creation. Tracey is always on hand to help and you’ll learn how to make your very own Irish soda bread!
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