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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Eat healthy food full of goodness with a visit to the Happy Pear in Greystones.
With a story stretching back to 1180, Goatsbridge Trout sustainably farms delicious organic fish.
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And that’s only a sampler of all the things to enjoy when you Taste the Island in Ireland's Ancient East!
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