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 try 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.

Holistic Farm Tour in the Comeragh Mountains  |  2nd September–30th November

Every Tuesday, Friday or Saturday visit Comeragh Mountain Farm, where you can share their passion for local, home-grown quality produce in a stunning setting in Waterford. As you arrive, you'll be treated to beautiful views of both the Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountains, then brought on a journey of discovery showing how wholesome tasty foods are produced. Discuss environment, ecology and the importance of local communities for our food chain, then check out the farm shop and see what's available in season.

Bus Bia - Visit the Waterford Makers  |  23rd October–6th November

Hop on a bus and tour some of the wonderful food and drink makers of Waterford. This food trail will introduce you to the people who make so many things: from beer to gin, blaas and breads, cheese to ice cream, there’s a whole host of makers to discover in the Déise. Climb aboard either in Waterford city or Dungarvan town and it's next stop... deliciousness!
The Waterford Greenway
Chef doing a demonstration
Left: Visit the makers in Waterford county | 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.

Slane Food Circle Tour  |  13th October–30th November

Go on an adventure through the ancient lands along the River Boyne at Slane, visiting one of the Slane Food Circle producers on their working farms to get a unique glimpse into how they rear, grow or make their own produce. On this tour you will visit one of the following destinations: Mullagha Farm (goat's cheese); The Cider Mill (ciders and apple juices); Crewbawn House (rapeseed oil); or Rock Farm Slane (an award-winning ecotourism destination and organic farm on the Slane Castle Estate).
Dinner at Hook Head
Jar of honey
Left: Dinner with a view at Hook Head | Right: Sweet sampling at a honey tasting

Sunset Tour and Food Experience at Hook Lighthouse  |  2nd November

Enjoy an unforgettable vista from the tip of the Hook Peninsula, as the sun sets across the Celtic Sea on a special Sunset Tour and Food Experience. Upon arrival at Wexford's Hook Lighthouse, visitors will be welcomed with a drinks reception and delicious local seafood buffet, then taken on a bespoke guided tour that culminates in an enclosed glass watch-room with spectacular views of the rolling seas stretching before you. Pre-booking is essential for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Mindful Eating Retreat  |  9th–17th November

Enrich your life and revive body and soul with Irish food, when you learn the art of mindful eating by the beautiful Blessington Lakes at Abhainn Ri in Wicklow. Discover wellness, taste local produce, experience the Irish traditions of making bread and butter, and the joy of collecting hen eggs and orchard fruits. This restorative retreat hosted by the Byrne family will allow you to relax and revive while experiencing food from the lush landscape of the Garden of Ireland.

Fresh oyster
Clonmel Applefest
Left: Find the freshest seafood | Right: Enjoy cider straight from the orchard at the Cider Mill Museum

An Evening with Ger Buckley, Jameson's Master Cooper  |  13th November

Cork has a rich brewing and distilling culture: reflecting this, since 2014 the Franciscan Well and Jameson Whiskey have been the best of ‘mates’. As part of Taste The Island, the Franciscan Well in Cork City presents a once-off experience with Ger Buckley, Jameson's Master Cooper. Ger will be showcasing how to make a whiskey barrel, and afterwards beer, whiskey and pizza tastings provide an extra treat!

Make it Yourself: Home Brewing Classes  |  12th December

If you can't get enough of Cork's fantastic beer, how about learning to make some yourself? Go back to 'The Well' — the Franciscan Well, that is — for inspiration with a basic beginners' course in Home Brewing. Participants will learn about the dos and don'ts of brewing at home, where to buy the right equipment and how ingredients impact the beer. The class runs for approximately two hours, with a tasting session at the end where you will be shown how beer is judged by appearance, aroma, taste and mouthfeel.


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