An Autumnal Feast


Indulge your appetite this Autumn on a tour of some of Ireland’s Ancient East’s finest eating establishments, and take part in the Taste the Island celebration of Irish food. Treat yourself to a break that ignites your senses and sample all the region has to offer.

Enjoying a coffee outside Barron's Bakery
Boxes of apples at the Apple Farm
Gallivanting Tours visit the Colclough Walled Gardens
Left: Enjoying a coffee outside Barron's Bakery | Middle: Boxes of apples at the Apple Farm | Right: Gallivanting Tours visit the Colclough Walled Gardens

From foodie tours to fine dining to unique events specially created for an island-wide celebration of Irish food, your bread basket will overflow this harvest time with a bounty of mouthwatering bites. As the air begins to chill and leaves turn crisp underfoot, loosen your belt and take your tastebuds on the holiday of a lifetime!

Taste the Island

A celebration throughout the island of Ireland, Taste the Island showcases the very best of Ireland’s food and drink culture. Highlights include everything from restaurants and local craft food and drink producers to festivals and food trails and everything in between! Explore the flavours of Ireland this Autumn and savour something special.

Barron’s Bakery – Waterford 

Waterford is synonymous with blaas (a delicious, doughy bun) and not many places do this baked speciality better than Barron’s Bakery. Situated in Cappoquin, Barron’s is one of Ireland’s oldest bakeries and the skill and care that is shown to their produce is a testament to times gone by. This family-run cafe and bakery offers sumptuous delights and a friendly atmosphere that will have you returning time and time again.

Sink your teeth into savoury pies or delicious desserts – and you are sure to be filling your shopping bag with more treats to take home!

The Apple Farm – Tipperary  

This Tipperary location certainly lives up to its name, as this farm found just outside Cahir produces 60 varieties of apple in its stunning orchards. The Apple Farm’s bumper harvest is gathered from August until November, so Autumn is the perfect time to visit and pick up some of their home-crafted, award-winning juices. You can pick your own apples from their crop, watch them making their juices, or purchase some delectable cider vinegar or ready-plucked fruit in their on-site shop.

Gallivanting Tours - Wexford

Would you like a morsel of history with your mussels? A side of storytelling with your soda bread? Book a tour of Wexford with Gallivanting Tours and you will not only learn a lot about Ireland’s most South Eastern area, but devour delicious goodies along the way. Relax as you are driven around the loveliest parts of Wexford, exploring fantastic farms, elegant eateries and cosmopolitan cafes.

You will also receive a hamper full of local foods and drinks and a bottle of Jameson whiskey to keep the journey merry, so what are you waiting for? Get Gallivanting!

Making gin at Listoke Distillery
A bottle of Listoke Gin
Carlow's Blackstairs Mountains
Left: Making gin at Listoke Distillery | Middle: A bottle of Listoke Gin | Right: Carlow's Blackstairs Mountains

Listoke Distillery – Louth

These days, gin is very much in. As boutique distilleries spring up around the country, you would be hard-pushed to find one as charming as Listoke in County Louth. Not only do you tour the distillery and taste the gorgeous gin, you can actually learn how to make your own! The distillery houses an old-school laboratory offering lessons on everything gin related – concluding with you producing your own take-home bottle!


While the botanicals magically work their way through your soon-to-be unique gin, you are treated to a feast of local foods to whet your appetite for your handy craft. A ‘gin-uinely’ amazing day out for those who love a tipple!


Market Lane Restaurant – Cork

Cork has long been a connoisseur’s favourite, and the Market Lane Restaurant helps to contribute to the gourmet status of the city. This gem is located smack-bang in the city centre, and the chefs conjure up menus filled with local produce and artisan foods.


Even if you only intend to stop by for a coffee or a cocktail, the inviting smells will have you ordering from their magnificent menu within minutes – leaving you sated and content.


Blackstairs Eco Trails - Carlow

Foraging for your food and learning all about the edible plants in the Blackstairs is the perfect way to spend a weekend in Carlow. Discovering the ecology of the area while rambling through the mountains is not only good fun but also helps you build up a healthy appetite for the food you have sourced. You will be taught to prepare and cook the wild feast you have foraged, and can take anything you make home.


With the option of staying in a cosy shepherd’s hut on the grounds of the old Rectory and immersing yourself in the stunning countryside, why not go wild this Autumn and get back to nature?

Celebrity Chef Catherine Fulvio
The Green Barn at Burtown House
People enjoying the Bodega Restaurant
Left: Celebrity Chef Catherine Fulvio | Middle: The Green Barn at Burtown House | Right: People enjoying the Bodega Restaurant

Ballyknocken – Wicklow

If you want to learn to cook, why not do so from one of Ireland’s best chefs? Catherine Fulvio’s Ballyknocken Cookery School offers you that option. Based at Catherine’s splendid country house in Wicklow, the cookery school offers classes from baking to vegetarian cookery and almost everything in between.


As a winner of the International Cordon D’Or Culinary Academy of the Year award, you are sure to be whipping up haute cuisine or tasty treats in no time.


Green Barn restaurant - Kildare

The 2017 Irish Restaurants County Winner for Kildare offers you the most delectable dining in the Athy countryside. The Green Barn uses organic produce grown in its own walled garden and delivers dishes with flair in the understated elegance of a Scandinavian-style barn. Located in the grounds of Burtown House, the Barn has become renowned for its fine dining in a relaxed environment.


While at the Barn, you can take a stroll around the gardens and see exactly where your dinner is coming from. Dining doesn’t get much fresher or more ecologically sound than that! Booking in advance is advised.


Bodega Restaurant - Waterford

Hola, and welcome to sunny Spain! Or more precisely, a taste of Spain in the sunny South East of Ireland courtesy of Bodega. Tasty tapas, succulent seafood and sparkling sangria bring a touch of the Iberian peninsula to Waterford’s City Centre, thanks to the offerings of Bodega. If you prefer food with a more Irish flavour, the menu won’t let you down in that respect either. A rave review in John & Sally McKenna's guide to "All the Best Places to Eat, Shop & Stay in Ireland" – not to mention winning the Restaurant Association of Ireland's award for Best Casual Dining in Waterford – gives you some indication of the quality of this eating spot.


Get the best of both worlds by enjoying the wonders of Waterford whilst savouring Spanish food – you will wonder why you didn’t spend a foodie weekend in Ireland’s Ancient East before!

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