An Irish Feast for Foodies: Culinary Adventures in the Emerald Isle

Every bite tells a story and each sip is a celebration.

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Unleash your inner foodie on a culinary adventure across the Emerald Isle, where every bite tells a story, and each sip is a celebration. Beyond the stereotypical pub fare, modern Irish cuisine is a feast for the senses. While staying true to its roots and its peoples’ connection to the land and sea, today’s Irish cuisine captivates both locals and visitors alike. As the Irish proverb goes, “Laughter is brightest where food is best.” And in Ireland, the laughter and flavors are never-ending. 

Irish cuisine; Irish stew Traditional Irish meals are a sign of welcome for locals and visitors alike. Getty

Traditional Irish Cuisine

Irish cuisine is a salute to simplicity and abundance. From hearty stews to iconic buttery scones (see the delicious recipe below), every dish tells a tale of resourcefulness passed down through generations. Succulent lamb raised on lush pastures, sweet and briny oysters plucked from the icy waters of the Atlantic, and creamy potatoes harvested from the rich, fertile soil form the backbone of this time-honored culinary legacy. And the cuisine varies from region to region, highlighting the unique flavors and ingredients of each area. In the west, hearty stews and soups are a staple, while in the east, you'll find creamy dairy products like butter and cheese taking center stage. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in traditional Irish cuisine, with chefs putting modern twists on classic dishes. This blending of old and new can be seen in the rise of gastropubs and fine dining restaurants throughout the country. But no matter how fancy the presentation may be, at its core, Irish food remains true to its roots—simple, hearty and full of flavor.

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Ashford Castle Scone Recipe

Paula Stakelum, Ashford Castle's Director of Chocolate and Patisserie, makes delectable scones that are featured in the castle's Afternoon Tea.

Makes 10 - 12 scones


  • 3.5 cups white bread flour
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter (softened to room temp)
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • 6.5 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 cup raisins (soaked using .5 cup of apple juice)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  1. Place the plain flour, baking powder, caster sugar and softened butter (not liquid) into a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the ingredients until all the butter is combined.
  3. Strain the raisins to remove the excess juice.
  4. Add the raisins, eggs and then the buttermilk to the mixture.
  5. Mix until all is well combined.
  6. Roll out the mixture until it is roughly an 1” thickness.
  7. Cut with 2'' cutter (you can use the rim of a standard glass if you don’t have a cutter).
  8. Bake at 340 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 - 20 minutes.

Guests enjoy delicious samples of locally made products in Galway Market Guests enjoy delicious samples of locally made products in Galway Market. Visit Ireland

Gastronomy Tours

Gastronomy tours in Ireland are not just about eating; they're an exploration of history, culture and the art of food making. Picture yourself wandering through cobbled streets, sipping on locally brewed craft beers and tasting artisanal cheeses that have been perfected over generations. These tours promise an unforgettable experience that goes beyond the palate. (And of course, no food tour in Ireland is complete without sampling some of the world-renowned Irish whiskey.) You'll meet passionate foodies, innovative chefs and local producers who are eager to share their stories and the flavors of their homeland, all while exploring the country's vibrant cities and charming towns.

A farm picnic experience on Causy Farm, Navan County, Meath A farm picnic experience on Causy Farm, Navan County, Meath. Causy Farm

Farm-to-Table Experiences

The "farm-to-table" movement isn’t just a trend on this island—it’s a way of life that has been practiced for generations. Here, the connection between the land and sea and the plate is not just seen but savored. All over Ireland, local farms and restaurants offer tours and tastings to not only showcase the bounty of local ingredients, but to offer insight into their world where food is celebrated and honored. This not only adds a personal touch to the dining experience, but it also allows visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the food and its origins. From succulent meats raised on rolling pastures to organic vegetables plucked from the soil that morning, to sustainably caught fish complemented by unique Irish seaweed, each bite is a testament to the passionate farmers and chefs who are dedicated to the land and sea as they continue Ireland’s agricultural legacy. 

Belfast Oyster Festival Launched in 1954, The Galway Oyster Festival is the longest-running oyster festival in the world. Galway Today

Ireland is a haven for food enthusiasts, offering an array of food festivals that celebrate the rich culinary heritage. Not to be missed is the Taste of Dublin, an annual gastronomic event that transforms the city's historic Iveagh Gardens into a foodie paradise, featuring dishes from top Irish chefs and restaurants. If you're a fan of seafood, the Galway Oyster Festival is a must-visit, where you can indulge in the freshest oysters and seafood from the charming coastal city. For a more unconventional festival experience, head to the quirky Savour Kilkenny Food Festival, known for its unique events such as a medieval banquet and a cider trail around the picturesque county of Kilkenny. No matter which festival you choose to attend, one thing is certain: You'll be treated to a delectable journey through Ireland's flavors, traditions and warm hospitality. So come hungry and leave with a newfound appreciation for the culinary wonders of Ireland.

Ireland's culinary scene provides a mix of flavors and experiences for those ready to embark on a gastronomic adventure. From its traditional Irish dishes to the blossoming modern sustainable practices, Ireland is a treasure trove of flavors, culture and warm hospitality. Whether you're a seasoned food lover or just curious, pack your bags, grab your forks and discover the culinary wonders of Ireland for yourself. 

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