Food and travel go hand in hand. It can often be the difference in a memorable holiday and a forgettable holiday. No matter where you travel in Ireland, food plays an important role in telling the story of an area. From fine dining restaurants and gastro pubs to coffee shops and local markets, there is a real sense of pride in the local food scene in Ireland, and one way to get a true taste of an area is to join a local food trail.
Not only will food trails bring you up close and personal with food producers and food heroes, it also allows you to explore the village, town or city that you are visiting. Below we look at seven popular food trails in Ireland that all foodie fans need to experience at least once.
7 Irish Food Trails Foodie Fans Must Experience
1 Sligo Food Trail, Sligo
The Sligo Food Trail will take you on a culinary journey through Yeats Country as you drive through County Sligo with over 50 foodie jaunts to visit. The trail offers a variety of food and drinks experiences that will give you a real feel for Sligo, with brewery tours, seafood experiences, pizza-making workshops and foraging among the most popular foodie activities on the trail.
Sligo is such a compact county you can reach everywhere on the one visit – from seaside Strandhill and Mullaghmore on the Wild Atlantic Way to Sligo town itself. Try a craft beer tour (they have two!) or whet your appetite for adventure on Lough Talt in the Ox Mountains.
2 Carlow Food Trail, Carlow
We recently shared a 48-hour guide to visiting Carlow, and the county’s popular food trail was among the top recommendations. Explore the Carlow Food Trail at your own leisure, with Carlow’s Farmers Market, the Carlow Brewing and Walsh Whiskey Distillery tours and the Chocolate Garden of Ireland among the must-see foodie tours when exploring Carlow’s Food Trail.
3 Taste and Tour, Belfast
Taste and Tour is an award-winning tour provider in Belfast, offering a range of food- and drinks-based tours through Belfast’s city centre. The four-hour Belfast Food Trail was the first tour on offer, starting out the iconic St George’s Market before taking you through the city’s Cathedral Quarter where you will visit traditional bars and world-class shops. Other available tours to enjoy include Belfast Bites, Belfast Whiskey Walk, Belfast Bar Tour, Brewery Tour, and the newly launched Belfast Gin Jaunt.
4 The Connemara Foodie Experience, Galway
The Connemara Foodie Experience is a great way to get up close and personal with one of Galway’s most stunning locations. The Great Connemara Foodie Adventure takes you on a journey through the beautiful Connemara countryside. The tour includes trips to farms in Abalone and Oughterard where you’ll get to meet some local Connemara food producers. You can also enjoy a coastal foraging walk and tasting tour at a farm in Rossaveal with Mungo Murphy’s Seafood Company.
5 Kinsale Food Tours, Cork
The gourmet food capital of Ireland, Kinsale has lots of fantastic food experiences for visitors to enjoy, with the Kinsale Food Tour top of the list for many. The Kinsale Food Tour lasts just over two hours, taking you on both a culinary and historic tour of this popular town. Meet the local characters and enjoy the great local produce that has helped to put Kinsale on the Irish food map as a must-visit destination for a foodie break.
6 Irish Food Trail Dublin Experience, Dublin
Last on our list of food tours to enjoy in Ireland is the Irish Food Trail in Dublin. Starting out at Dublin Castle, the Irish Food Trail Dublin Expedience will see you mix food with culture as you get familiar with Dublin City Centre. Enjoy a guided tour of the city and discover some of the Dublin’s historic tales, while filling your belly in the process. You will stop in three different eateries and pubs, sampling some of the city’s most popular food and drinks.
7 The Burren Food Trail, Clare
With the stunning Cliffs of Moher and Burren National Park welcoming thousands of visitors to Clare each year, you could be forgiven for putting food to the back of your mind when travelling through Clare. However, the Burren area has much more than picturesque limestone landscape on offer, with the Burren Food Trail providing a selection of tantalising foodie experience that delivers a real taste of Ireland’s west coast.
The trails on offer include the Garden Market Trail, the Farm To Fork Trail, the Taste of The Ocean Trail, the Nature Child Trail and the Burren Cheese Trail, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy. The member and producers of the Burren Food Trail also put on regular food events across the year, so be sure to check their events calendar before visiting.
For more information on things to see and do in County Clare, check out our 72-hour guide to Clare.
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