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Bon appetit in Ireland

Ireland's Food Trends

Bon Appetit in Ireland! Ten years ago I would have thought that I would never say that. At that time, the food on the island consisted mainly of overcooked cabbage or broccoli, potatoes and Irish stew. Various types of root vegetables brought a bit of variety to the meal. One looked in vain for fruit on the menus. It was also extremely expensive in the supermarkets. On a Journey through Irelandat most farms producing food were found in the east. That has changed in the meantime. Irish specialtiescan be seen. And how!


City center of Cashel in Ireland
City center of Cashel in Ireland


Bon appetit in Ireland

My culinary journey through Ireland's Ancient Eastleads me through another country. This means the region east of the Shannon River up to  Dublin. From north to south it stretches from the Northern Irish border to Waterford and Cork on the south coast. This is the land of the Normans and the Vikings. Here are their castles and mansions. You can also find the best soils in the country here. I am on an information trip through Ireland to learn about the culinary trends of this region. Together with seven other food and travel bloggers from all over the world, I'm looking for clues. We visit producers, Pubsand restaurants.

Old Food - New Trends

"The crisis was the best thing that could have happened to us." I keep hearing this sentence on this trip. Ireland has been hard hit by the economic crisis of recent years. The Celtic Tiger finally started to paralyze. The Irish are still groaning under the high taxes that are on them. At the same time, however, they have focused on the old and the traditional. “Now they cook themselves again. For this we plant our own vegetables. We also test new varieties. ”Back to the roots, that's the motto. We experience this on farms that we visit. In an apple orchard, I taste apples that make my mouth water. They are big, red and juicy on the Apple Farm in Cahir, I just want to bite. Immediately next door grow Heritage apples, which are barely grown today.


Pure enjoyment on the Apple Farm in Cahir
Pure enjoyment on the Apple Farm in Cahir


Apples, Met, Black and White Pudding

In Cuffsgrange, Rod and Julie Calder-Potts grow apples exclusively according to organic principles. No pesticides, no chemical fertilizers. In three rows of her Apple orcharddon't even use animal fertilizers. Only in this way can their customers - Japanese monks - use the apples according to their requirements. “Bugs are part of nature,” explains Rod. And in the old mill of the farm, Julie shows us what they make from their apples after the harvest. A real treasure trove of apple products is created there: organic cider, syrup, liqueur, schnapps and even gin burn them.

Sometimes their products are created in an unexpected way. Julie tells how one day she has apple juice on the stove in her kitchen. "Suddenly the phone rang. And you know what it's like, when women talk on the phone. It takes time, ”she laughs. Meanwhile, her juice continued to boil on the stove. After more than an hour on the stove, it had turned into delicious syrup, which she now successfully sells in the surrounding markets and to her customers. "We cannot deliver enough to meet demand," she says. I can understand that, when I try it. It is viscous and tastes deliciously sweet.


Apple cider and apple syrup from organically bred apples from Ireland
Bon Appetit in Ireland - apple cider and apple syrup made from organically farmed apples from Ireland


Back to Celtic Roots

The Mac Giolla Codas from Burncourt in County Tipperary produce met of honey like the Celts did. Black bees from Ireland collect it. This native bee species is particularly suitable, because it is adapted to the climatic conditions of the island. The hard-working honey collectors also have a large selection of plants to choose from. They collect the nectar almost all year round and pause only a few weeks in winter.

Other food producers in County Tipperary are improving Irish specialties. Do you know black and white pudding? You can have it for breakfast and now even as a delicacy in the restaurant. And rightly so! Because the one I tried, tasted really good. Anyone who likes blood and liver sausage will love it.

Irish Spirits and Drinks

Juices, whiskeys and liqueurs are also part of the culinary scene of the island. I was surprised, how many new products are on the market. There are juices of all combinations. On one of the apple farms we visited, not only apples are grown. They also cultivate fresh strawberries and raspberries, which are used for juice blends. New whiskey distilleries make Uisce Beatha, the Irish water of life. Tipperary Whiskey is one of them. I also loved the liquor selection by Merry's.

School of Food at Thomastown

The new food trends in Ireland are demanding creative chefs who reinterpret Irish specialties. These are trained by the School of Food in Thomastown near Kilkenny. This EU-supported cooking school is a LEADER project that aims to open up new professional opportunities for local people. This offer has been well received. “However, we still need a lot more new chefs in the country,” explains Dympna Moynihan Maher, who shows us around the school. How successful these measures are can be seen in the restaurants that we visit on this trip.


Vegetable beds of the School of Food in Thomastown
Vegetable beds of the School of Food in Thomastown


New Ideas

That even long-established brewers like Smithwick's develop new ideas, shows a visit to the Smithwick's Experience in Kilkenny, In the brewery's original brewery, whose history dates back to 12. Century, beer is no longer brewed today. This is happening elsewhere now. Instead, the story of this brewing family is brought to us in an amusing way. Now I know that it was not so easy for the producers of my favorite Irish beer to make their concoction. As Catholics, brewing beer was banned for centuries. Nevertheless, they found ways and means to perfect their art of brewing. How well they have succeeded, you should definitely test once on a trip to Ireland. Smithwick's beer can be relaxed Guinness keep up. His ale tastes delicious.

Chocolate Truffle from the Land of the Elves

Even experienced chefs contribute to this development. Award-winning chef Mary Teehan stepped out of the hustle and bustle of the kitchen and opened a chocolate shop to develop delectable delights. When Truffle Fairy by Kilkennyit serves wonderful hot chocolates with cocoa of different intensities. She adds cinnamon, ginger or cardamom for a varied taste. Your chocolates are to melt away. There are cardamom orange balls, hazelnut chocolates, crystal gin with strawberry and thyme chocolates and more. She designs all of them in her little chocolate kitchen. My tip: don't miss the delicious chocolates from Kilkenny's “Truffle Elfin”. It's worth a visit.


Chocolates from the Truffle Fairy in Kilkenny
Bon Appetit in Ireland - Chocolates from the Truffle Fairy in Kilkenny


Bon Appetit in Ireland

On this trip I learned how much a country's cuisine depends on the ideas of its food artisans. If you had the money in Ireland before the crisis to import and buy expensive ingredients from other countries, this possibility suddenly disappeared. I was impressed by how quickly and with how much vigor the Irish got to work and went back to their roots. This resulted in a new foodie scene that is second to none. "The crisis was good for us!" We often hear that on our trip. A tour to the farmers, beekeepers, beer brewers, whiskey producers and apple growers is definitely an exciting experience. Hence: Bon appetit in Ireland! Enjoy your meal!

Travel Arrangements:

Parking at the airport

Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.

How to get there

Book yours here Arrival by plane, bus or train*. Lufthansa and Air Lingus will follow Dublin. Other airlines fly to Kerry.

Car Rentals:

Cheap car hire - book quickly and easily!

Hotels in Ireland's Ancient East:

Hotels in Ireland's Ancient East *You can also book via booking.com. Anyway, we stayed in the

Hotel Minella * in Clonmel
Pembroke Hotel * in Kilkenny
Killashee Hotel * in Naas

Discover more travel tips for trips to savor on our blog TravelWorldOnline.

Tips on wine and drinks can be found at Wine tourism - wine regions.

Source: On-site research supported by Failte Ireland. Our opinion, however, remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright by Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Bon Appetit in Ireland - Discover Food Trends

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog  TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savorand wine tourismworldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Toursand then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisentried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writerand travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

20 thoughts too " Bon Appetit in Ireland - Discover Food Trends"

    1. It is worthwhile in any case, to look for good restaurants. The hotels are usually happy to provide information.

    1. I also liked that very much. In Ireland there is no Chi-Chi, but traditional home cooking, which is prepared very smart. I also think it's great that you attach great importance to local and regional ingredients. It tastes even better.

  1. Truffle Fairy sounds exciting, old apple varieties anyway. I wish that more and more people are looking more for what they eat and drink. And that it does not even need a crisis. But good to know that Ireland now offers more than a great nature.

    1. I agree with you, dear Antje. But it is often the case that you have to be woken up before something changes. In Ireland I often heard "I didn't know how good it could taste". People grew up there with their traditional specialties and were not interested in what else you could do with them. There are now quite a number of people who bring and spread new ideas. You can see that in different places. Let us hope that this development continues.

      Best regards,

  2. I associate Ireland with a lot, but culinary experiences are not there. During our trip before 2 years, we were not very enthusiastic about (always the same) food. But I must confess that we did not consciously on the search for restaurants on which more than burgers, sandwiches or Stew on the map, made. But next time I will definitely look for it ;-)

    1. Hello Christine,

      I can understand that very well, because until this trip, which led us directly to these new pubs, restaurants and chefs, I was exactly in your opinion. All the more surprised me this time, how well you can now eat in Ireland - if you know where to find the innovative chefs. That was an exciting tour.

      Best regards,

    1. Hello Silke, hello Thomas,

      I felt the same way, but I knew the rather unimaginative Irish cuisine of more than ten years ago. This has changed a lot in the meantime. I'm writing an article that looks into the kitchens of Ireland. Check back soon, then you will get an even better look at how much the Irish kitchen has improved. A paradise for foodies!

      Best regards,

    1. Hi Gemma,

      it was a pleasure to be on this trip with you. I am on this trip. But what a trip it was! I hope we can repeat this again soon.

      Take care,

  3. Apples and chocolate truffles sound great. Only with whiskey and other strong alcohol you can chase me * laugh *. I hope I can make it to Ireland in the near future - not just because of the food;)

    Best regards,

    1. Dear Michaela,

      Ireland is definitely worth a visit - not just for the food :). I think that you will find there something that interests you. Although there are no high mountains, but rough and wild coasts and great hiking trails through the moorland and hills in the east of the country. There should be a lot for you.

      Best regards,

  4. Dear Ones,
    Ireland is completely unknown to me. But I hope it will be spared by the storm today.
    As for the truffles, I leave it to you alone :-) But I think the name "Truffle Elfin" is magical.
    LG Katja

    1. Dear Katja,

      yes, I often think of Ireland today. The storm Ophelia is raging a lot. I also found the "Truffle Fairy" a good idea. The name is so wonderfully Irish.

      Best regards,

    1. Dear Jenny,

      I am absolutely of your opinion. Ireland is beautiful. Even better, however, I like his people. They can not be beaten and preserve their wonderful humor.

      Best regards,

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