Flavors of Ireland
Based on the success of the Pub Tours, this year we have decided to create an additional offering. An experience that will involve all your senses. The true essence of Ireland.
We invite you to come join us this September as we sample the culinary delights this Island has to offer. You’ll discover that Ireland has much more to offer than a boiled dinner or a traditional stew, mind you, both of these deserve their place at the table. But Ireland’s ambitious chefs are now world-renowned and are getting the attention they deserve by creating mouth-watering dishes with a modern twist. Of course, it’s not only the food. It’s the people, the warm welcome, the passion and the excitement to share in your experience… Your adventure.
There is something very special about Ireland’s natural approach to food. It may have a lot to do with the climate, the fertile lands, the clean abundant ocean. It should not come as a surprise that we have some of the freshest ingredients on the planet. Food that is expertly prepared, then served simply, it’s as if you can really savor the flavor of this Island: The ocean air, the rolling hills, the peat fires, the wild Atlantic… Food as fresh as fresh can be. And, on this small island, local rules. You’ll eat seafood straight off the boat. Dairy from local pastures. Beef, lamb and pork raised within a few miles. Sea veg harvested on nearby strands. Wild food foraged from hedgerows. Greens picked that same day. Shake the hand that feeds you!
The route isn’t just about the food. It also allows you to experience some of the countries greatest sights including: time to explore Dublin, visit Glendalough, Powerscourt Gardens, The Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny Castle, Charles Fort, The site of the final stop of the Titanic, a stone fort with a prehistoric cooking pit, and the Dingle Peninsula to name a few.
This tour will be limited to 20 people and sold on a first come, first served basis.
Day 1 – Depart USA on your overnight TransAtlantic flight
Day 2– Arrive Dublin in the am, take advantage of this early start to explore the city. In the afternoon we will take private Guinness tasting in Connoisseur Tasting room at The Guinness Storehouse, were we taste the various Guinness products and dive much deeper into the subtle differences in the stout and how it is l used in cooking today, recipe book will be provided. In the evening we will tour Dublin with The award-winning Fab Food Tours where we take a journey of old and new Irish cuisine and visit some of Dublin’s greatest restaurants. The remainder of the evening will be yours to enjoy.
Accommodation: The Dean Hotel, Dublin
Day 3– Leaving Dublin we travel South through the spectacular Wicklow mountains into the beautiful region known as ‘the Glen of the two Lakes’ or Glendalough, an ancient monastic settlement and learn the fascinating story of St Kevin. In the afternoon we will visiting one of the world great Gardens, Powerscourt House and Gardens. After lunch we will arrive into Kilkenny and visit the newly opened Smithwicks Visitor center, an informative tribute to Ireland’s oldest brewery. Then the evening is yours to enjoy this vibrant small town, one of Ireland’s true gems. With a great variety of dining options to suit all tastes in the city.
Accommodation: Ormond Hotel, Kilkenny
Day 4– Shortly after we leave Kilkenny, we’ll visit The Rock Of Cashel before travelling further South to the beginning of Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way. Kinsale is considered the Gourmet capital of Ireland, and deservedly so. Upon arrival we will visit Charles Fort and learn about the significant role Kinsale played in Irish history and then check into our ocean front Hotel. In the evening, we will experience one of Kinsale’s best restaurants for a Private Tasting Menu that will feature local produce from neighboring farms. This promises to be a very unique experience. After dinner we will explore the buzzing harbor town of Kinsale and its dynamic pub scene.
Accommodation: Trident Hotel, Kinsale.
Day 5 – This afternoon we will travel into Cork City and experience The English Market, that has been operational on this very site for over 220 years, you can find a bit of everything, fruit & Veg, meat, fish, cheese, patês.. you get the idea! Be sure to pack a picnic lunch here cause we are heading off for a picnic in Cobh, a small town over looking a spectacular harbor that has a few stories to tell in itself!
The evening will be free for you to pick you own favorite in Kinsale for dinner. Maybe keep it simple and try the local Fish and Chip shop, eat in or take out and breath in the fresh salty air and watch the sun set sitting on the harbor wall.
Accommodation: Trident Hotel, Kinsale.
Day 6– West Cork has become synonymous with local foods and today as we travel along this coastal road we will get a chance to experience some of this, from a variety of meats and cheese at Grubeen Farms to the mouth-watering Clonakilty Chocolate’s (a town also popular for its Black Pudding). This afternoon we travel onto Dingle – Discover for yourself why this amazing small town is making world headlines when it come to gourmet food. Take in the views while you sample the local ice Cream made from Kerry cows and Atlantic salt! Mouthing water combinations. We will be visiting a local Cookery School to learn from the experts, as we roll up our sleeves and prepare our own evening meal, combining the old with the new under the expert instruction of a local chef.
Accommodations: Local Guesthouse
Day 7 – Today the world-famous Dingle Food Festival kicks off. This event is quickly becoming on of the countries highest regarded food festivals, offering tasting plates and cooking demonstrations all day long, over 70 local restaurants, and farms will be on display hoping to spoil your senses with local food, grown on local farms, made my local people, It simply doesn’t get any fresher. Oh wait!! It does. Dingle is well known for its vibrant entertainment options and this weekend is one of the highlights in the calendar year. An opportunity not to be missed.
Day 8– After a day like yesterday, today we are going to be active! After a light breakfast, we begin our day by heading out on the ocean! This afternoon we dine in style, after catching your own lunch, yes! I said we are going fishing… to catch our own lunch, after we return to the Cookery School where will prepare out catch in a variety of ways, under the expert instruction of our local chef. If this doesn’t interest you a morning horse ride might be more to you liking. After all of this action, it’s time to take on the Slea Head Drive. This drive will reveal why this region recently won an award for most beautiful place on the planet! It truly has to be seen to be believed.
In the evening we travel to Ennis, Co Clare to rest up for our flight back across the Atlantic
Accommodation: Old Ground Hotel, Ennis
Day 9 – Depart for Shannon airport
Based Per Person sharing/ double occupancy
Air is not included in this package. If you would like assistance is arranging airfare please contact me directly. It is your responsibility to be in Dublin on the 28th of September by 9am
Single rooms are available for an additional cost of $465.00
Professional Driver/ Guide for full itinerary.
Connoisseur Tasting Guinness Storehouse
Fab Food Walking Tour
Lunch at Powerscourt
Tasting Menu (Dinner) Kinsale
2 Cooking Lessons (includes Fishing)
Admission Tickets to Dingle Food Festival
Admission fees to: Glendalough, Rock of Cashel, Charles Fort, Grubens Farm, Clonakilty Chocolate.
Unimaginable amount of fun with a fun loving enthusiastic crew
Exposure to a side of Ireland that most people never experience
Meals (except when specifically stated) & Drinks
Tours that you decide to do independently