Today, I want to persuade you to try a local food tour in Northern Ireland (NI), just for the fun of it. And better yet, give the gift of food, fun and happy memories as a present this year instead of 'things'. Vouchers allow people to be delighted at Christmas, have a treat to look forward to and then have a gorgeous experience once they've been with us. Win, win, win!
There are nearly seventeen food based tours registered with DiscoverNI (and What’s On NI) - there has to be a reason for that, right? There most certainly is. Our food and our chefs and bakers are among the best in the world right now - from traditional scones and whiskeys to modern free-range charcuterie and artisan bread, from grass-fed beef to Lough Neagh eels and Gleanarm Organic Salmon, from freshly griddled soda bread to award-winning cheeses, gins, beers, preserves... I could keep going, you know. Any local market you go to is bursting with fabulous ingredients, and there are so many good ones to visit such as the Naturally North Coast and Glens. Every good restaurant you hear about has delicious dishes, amazing drinks. In such a burgeoning foodie world, where on earth do you begin? Especially if you’re not even sure you’re going to like half of it!
Well, that’s where food tours come in. For locals looking to find new foods, different combinations, exciting eateries, or just experience a delightful morning with friends, or international visitors wondering what each area offers in the way of good food, history and culture and where they can find it, a food tour with Irish Feast solves all those problems. We believe that food is history on a plate – and what a way to experience it!
As Irish Feast stands for Food Experiences and Small Towns, we currently host tours in Ballycastle, Bushmills, Glenarm and Rathlin Island. Each town in Northern Ireland, whether large or small, has its own unique microcosm of food and drink, of eateries and culture as well as history and interesting architecture and art. It's only when you take the time to taste all of this, to savour the individuality, that you begin to really appreciate it.
In Ballycastle, its the fact that it’s an up and coming recognised foodie destination with an Économusée bakehouse, many award-winning restaurants, bakeries, butcheries and chip shops as well as a beautifully refurbished ocean-facing hotel and an old fashioned sweetie shop – all wrapped up in thousands of years of history.
In Bushmills, its the whiskey, salmon, old mills, fine dining eateries and cosy cafés hid amongst over 80 listed buildings, and all nestled in the shadow of the Giant’s Causeway.
On Rathlin, it’s the scenery, beauty, lighthouses, wildlife and welcoming people along with many more good places to eat than people realise.
In Glenarm, it's the charming history and eclectic range of superb food and drink.
Each village, town, area, county, region of Northern Ireland has awe-inspiring views, fabulous foods, inspirational eateries – we just have to go out and discover them. Add in a knowledgeable, fun foodie guide, and it becomes a winning combination for a memory making experience you’ll never forget. Have I persuaded you give the gift of a local food tour yet..?