What’s your favourite Irish Food?
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Irish Food for Foodies...
From sampling fresh Oysters in Galway Bay to tasting scrumptious cheeses from County Cork, Ireland is one of the most delicious destinations to visit in 2021. With something for every season, visiting Ireland anytime of the year will provide you with a tasty treat you will want to return for. Today Little Gem Tours blog is going to bestow our 10 Favourite Irish dishes and recommend more succulent ideas on the very best restaurants and foodie tours to catch when you visit Ireland.
Psst... These dishes are predominantly for meat eaters so we will be posting a blog specifically for you vegans & vegetarians soon!!
Irish Seafood Chowder
Surrounded on all sides by water, Ireland provides a huge variety of quality seafood not just for the Irish but exported across Europe. Our crystal clear waters have produced the perfect ingredients for a mouth watering seafood chowder. Every corner of Ireland claims to have the best chowder in the country if not the world and the truth is each is delicious in its own ways with slight variations in each establishment. Our favourite seafood restaurant has to be Max’s in Kinsale, County Cork, a must stop when visiting the South on our 7 Day South by West Tour.
Oysters from Galway Bay
With a huge variety of fresh seafood available in Ireland, we think Oysters must get a mention of their own. Listed as one of the best places in the world to eat Oysters, County Galway is the perfect stop to learn more about and taste these homegrown delicacies. The Kelly family from Galway Bay with a 60 year history in farming Oysters now enjoy showing visitors what is involved in the age old craftsmanship in farming these delicious Oysters. Also, visit the Galway Oyster Festival held on the last weekend of September every year and sample these incredibly tasty bites with your favourite wine or a pint of the black stuff.
Irish Cheese & Yoghurts
Like so many more, cheese is one of Irish people's true favourite foods and with our lush green fields our milk is unbelievably creamy which makes for excellent cheese. In Ireland we have a wide variety of cheese tasting options, from goats cheeses, to sheep cheeses and even buffalo cheese. There are great opportunities to try cheese making tours dotted across the country, you are sure to learn plenty about this high quality Irish ingredient.
Macroom Buffalo Cheese, Macroom, County Cork
Irish Beef & Guinnes Stew
Guinness Beef Stew is the perfect comforting dish on a cold winter's day, and with many cold days during Ireland’s winter period this makes Guinness stew one of the nations favourites and one of the most popular choices of visitors to Ireland. With the Guinness brewery situated in Dublin City, there really is nowhere better in Ireland to sample this mouth-watering dish.
Boxty is a uniquely Irish treat for the tastebuds. Originally it hailed from the northwest of the country, boxty is now made and enjoyed countrywide. This Irish potato pancake is made by finely grating potatoes before mixing with buttermilk, flour and eggs before cooking as you would a normal pancake. Once enjoyed by itself, it is served nowadays with a selection of meat and vegetables.