Foodies flock to Ireland.
IRELAND is a hot new destination for food buffs, and throughout the
country this summer there are many events ideally suited to gourmets.
Handmade, artisan cheeses are on offer in West Cork, there are also rare
Whiskey connoisseur tastings, homemade game pEotE[umlaut] and St Tola Goat's Cheese Bruschetta to sample, plus the traditional pairing of
oysters and Guinness continues at the Galway Oyster Festival on
September 24 to 27, 2009. This festival in the region of Connemara has
been taking place annually for over 50 years. The event attracts over
10,000 local and international guests on average, who consume more than
100,000 oysters over the course of the festival. There are also jazz
bands, gala dinners and champagne and oysters eating VIP events. The
Taste of Dublin from June 11 to 14, 2009 is a four day celebration of
fine food and drink. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Dublin's
Iveagh Gardens, 20 of the capital's most prestigious restaurants
and celebrated chefs will be serving sample sized signature dishes to
visitors, which are expected to number around 30,000. Cellar Tours
provides customised private, chauffeured luxury tours with a food and
wine focus in Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Operating since 2003,
the tour company offers exclusive Mercedes driven custom designed
holidays, as well as events and incentives related to food and wine.
They are members of Slow Food, the American Society of Travel Agents and
the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Accommodation
in Ireland is in hand selected four and five star hotels, which range
from historic and charming hotels to gothic castles to seaside mansions.
Other gourmet activities could include champagne picnics after a scenic
drive in a 1930s vintage Buick, a private wine tasting of the
"Irish wine geese" with a sommelier or private cooking classes
with a famous chef at a sumptuous historic home in East Cork.
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