Food in Ireland

Tasting oysters in Galway city

Food in Ireland is fresh, tasty and made with a contemporary twist. Experience it for yourself with a festival, trail or a tasty dish in one of Ireland's foodie hubs

Anyone who loves good food knows that it’s all about the ingredients. Thanks to our pristine waters, rich green pastures and creative producers, Ireland has a flavour that’s truly unique.

Head to any town in Ireland and you’re guaranteed food that’s simple, delicious and expertly prepared. Fresh-off-the-boat seafood; sea vegetables harvested on local beaches; milk and dairy products from the local farmers’ fields. Our honest approach to food has made us famous.

The food scene in Ireland is enjoying a renaissance: taking a tradition rooted in history and pairing it with a contemporary twist. Chefs and eateries all over the island are getting creative with our culinary heritage, using the world-class ingredients on our doorstep.

Fresh vegetables
Fresh vegetables

Think boxty served with pan-fried hake and organic vegetables, seafood chowder made with sustainable fish and of course, the potato, ubiquitous in Irish cuisine: champ, fadge (potato cakes), boxty, colcannon… pop into most Irish restaurants and you’ll find variations on these tasty dishes, made with a creative flair.

Good food is just the beginning. From micro-breweries to farmers’ markets, and city bistros to Michelin-starred restaurants – in Ireland, you can get behind the food, meet the producers and see how it all comes together. Have a wander around our farmers’ markets, the heart of many local communities, and you’ll find authentic street food with an artisan twist. The locals are passionate about their produce, and they’re more than happy to tell you all about their fresh, tasty offerings. If you want to connect with your food, this is one of the best the places to do it.

Waterford Food Festival
Waterford Food Festival

Try a food trail and follow your food from farm to fork. You can meet the farmers and fishermen, producers and chefs, while getting to grips with the places that have helped shape the food. If you’re really in the mood to celebrate Irish food, get yourself to a festival. Fun, tasty and colourful, there are different food festivals on all year, celebrating Irish foods and those that produce them. Like the Burren Slow Food Festival, advocating sustainable food production and traditions. Or the Waterford Harvest Festival, a foodie extravaganza in a city with its very own bread, the blaa (a fluffy bread roll).

The people, the produce, the taste: Irish food is an experience not to be missed.

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