Ireland is getting ready to showcase and celebrate its world-class food scene in a major new event.
‘Taste the Island’ is an all-island campaign highlighting the quality food and drink produced in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The initiative is the first of its kind and will run until November 30.
Innovative artisan producers and world-class chefs are coming together, with more than 500 food and drink-related experiences for visitors to savour. Here are just some of the highlights.
Taste Causeway 2019
Running until October 27, this event will showcase the vibrant restaurant scene along the Causeway Coast and Glens as well as the wide range of superb local produce which the area has to offer.
Taste Causeway will highlight this by offering a full program of food and drink experiences, including themed nights, taster menus, cookery classes, food tours, Econmusee tours and opportunities to ‘meet the maker’.
A number of events will also be held specifically for the tourism trade to give them the opportunity to explore and learn about the local produce which is available in the area and meet and network with local food and drink producers.
Slow Food Festival, Derry
Derry has become renowned for its excellent food experiences and restaurants. The Slow Food Festival has also gained a great reputation for its local clean fair food and will return to Guildhall Square this October 12 and 13.
Admission is free and the program for this year’s festival includes a Slow Food harvest market, demonstrations, tours, tastings, street food and family fun.
St. George’s Market, Belfast
This is one of the city’s oldest attractions and is recognised as one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland. It has been selected for numerous local and national titles and awards for its fresh, local produce and great atmosphere.
It holds weekly Friday, Saturday and Sunday Markets and will be running a Twilight Market as part of ‘Taste the Island’ on November 12 and 13.
The Kinsale Gourmet Festival
This festival takes place from October 11 to 13 and highlights include the Mad Hatters Taste of Kinsale, with Alice, the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts and March Hare escorting guests on a ‘foodie walking tour’ around the 11 members of Kinsale’s Good Food Circle restaurants.
The Fruits de Mer luncheon will celebrate 43 years of the Kinsale Gourmet Festival in style with a drinks reception, followed by seafood, wines and musical entertainment.
This is one of Ireland’s leading food festivals, now heading into its 13th annual event. Savour Kilkenny celebrates the produce and food culture of the surrounding rich pastureland, home to some of Ireland and Europe’s best food.
Special food events take place in local hotels, restaurants and eateries, but the festival also features the fast-growing brewing and distilling industry locally with a craft beer and spirit tent on the Parade.
For more information on ‘Taste the Island’, visit: ireland.com/tastetheisland
Other events to watch out for:
Sligo Harvest Feast, October 18
Dublin’s Slow in the City, October 18 to 20
Leitrim Boxty Festival, October 19
Derry International Halloween Festival, October 26 to November 1
Burren Food Fayre, Clare, October 26 & 27
Samhain 5,000 years of Irish Food Fest – Boyne Valley, November 2
Armagh Georgian Festival, November 28 to December 1
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