Taste the Island in Ireland's Ancient East

This autumn, Taste the Island is showcasing the very best of Irish food – and there's plenty to choose from. We'll help you find the most delicious places in Ireland’s Ancient East to eat up and drink it all in...

We’ll take you on a food adventure throughout the region; give you a chance to visit farms and meet the producers and makers themselves; guide you towards the best food trails; invite you to fantastic festivals; and make it easy for you to tuck in to Ireland’s mouthwatering culinary culture. Here we present some of the highlights of Taste the Island.

Foragers at Fore Abbey
Wicklow Wolf beer
Left: Foragers in Ireland's Ancient East | Right: Meet the Maker (and sample the beer) at Wicklow Wolf brewery

Meet the Makers – Wicklow  |  1st September–30th November

This guided food and drink trail taking in the bounty of 'The Garden County' makes for an excellent day trip. On the trail you will visit a country estate, a winery, a brewery and a distillery — gaining insights into how your favourite treats are made, and meeting the faces behind the foods you get to taste. The tour will depart from three Dublin city centre hotels, and can facilitate pickups in Wicklow along the way.

Greenway Grazing the Waterford Way  |  6th September

Learn about and sample the food and drink of this fertile place, as you nibble and graze your way along the 46 km Waterford Greenway off-road cycling and walking trail that runs between Waterford and Dungarvan. For one day, we bring the local food and drink — grown, sourced and made all around the Greenway — onto the trail itself for you to enjoy.

Waterford Harvest Festival  |  6th–8th September

The streets of Ireland’s oldest city will serve up a feast for the senses with the sights, sounds and smells of the harvest when the city’s celebrated Waterford Harvest food festival returns for an 11th year. There’s everything from live music to demonstrations and bake-offs to a Blaa Eating Contest at this fantastic jubilee of all things food in the area.
The Waterford Greenway
Chef doing a demonstration
Left: Graze your way along the Waterford Greenway | Right: Chef demonstrations at events throughout the region

The Cider Mill Museum  |  1st September–30th November

Visit a working farmhouse cidery in Slane, Kildare and see firsthand how the cider-making process moves from orchard to glass. Take in tales of food, folk and farming as you learn about the history of Irish apples and the traditional food culture of rural Ireland — and the touring and talks are followed by a tutored tasting of cider and cheese.

Harvest Moon Supper  |  14th September

Watch the sun set — and the Harvest Moon rise — at spectacular Hook Lighthouse in Wexford, the world’s oldest operational lighthouse, as you take part in the fourth Harvest Moon Supper celebration. There will be a chance to explore the workings of the lighthouse, fun and games, a delicious fish and chip supper — as well as stunning views of this beautiful part of the country and dramatic coastline.
Dinner at Hook Head
Jar of honey
Left: Dinner with a view at Hook Head | Right: Learn about honey making and do some sampling at Meet the Beekeeper

Meet the Beekeeper  |  22nd September

Experience the wonder of nature up close by visiting the Bee Wise Nature Trail in the heart of the Boyne Valley. Watch a hive in action and see how the honey produced absorbs the flavours of all the flowers of the region. You'll be taken on a journey from blossom to jar, with a delicious opportunity to taste different types of honey as your golden reward at the end.

Murphy’s Cork Oyster and Seafood  |  20th–22nd September

This fabulous festival showcases Cork’s food heritage with local produce like Harty’s Oysters, Jameson from Midleton, and famous local stout Murphy’s. Join a Cork food trail with over 60 venues, or grab a chance to meet legendary oyster shucker Patrick McMurray or master cooper Ger Buckley.

Fresh oyster
Clonmel Applefest
Left: Sample fresh oysters in Cork | Right: A celebration of the humble apple at Clonmel Applefest

Clonmel Applefest   |  27th–29th September

This festival of food, heritage and nature will have the delights of the Tipperary town of Clonmel ripe for the picking — with a series of food and cultural experiences in honor of the orchards the area is famous for. By celebrating the humble apple and its relationship to the land, soil, water, bees, local traditions and industries, the festival highlight's Clonmel’s rich heritage, artisan food production, and largely unknown natural treasures.

Taste of Monaghan  |  28th September

Monaghan Town becomes a hopping hub of local food, art and culture, as the long-running Taste of Monaghan Festival returns with a host of events — including the largest collection of streetfood vendors in the northeast. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet talented local chefs at food demonstrations, while local buskers and family-friendly entertainers will keep things lively for visitors of all ages throughout the day. 

Johnstown Castle Feastival of Honey  |  28th–29th September

Make a beeline for this weekend-long celebration of the honeybee in the sumptuous setting of Johnstown Castle and Gardens in Wexford. The Johnstown Castle Feastival of Honey offers demonstrations from beekeepers (which will explore the connection to local nature that honey has); trails around the grounds; and even a mead-brewing workshop at this buzzing event. Sweet!


If you're feeling a bit peckish now, that's just for starters — for even more to sink your teeth into, find all the upcoming food events and experiences happening around the country at Discover Ireland.

More ways to Taste the Island

And that’s only a sampler of all the things to enjoy when you Taste the Island in Ireland's Ancient East!

For more delicious regional attractions and activities
 check out the See & Do section