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Ireland from your armchair

Take a virtual tour of the flavours of the Wild Atlantic Way as you plan your next MICE activity from the safety of your home

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Food is an integral part of any meeting, conference or incentive. It's a chance to bond with colleagues or fellow delegates over sumptuous cuisine — whether that's by exploring the food trails of Ireland’s friendly towns, foraging in the wild or enjoying a gourmet picnic on the Wild Atlantic Way’s breathtaking coastline.

Restaurants and food businesses are set to re-open on 29 June, as part of the Irish government's roadmap towards recovery, so some Irish culinary highlights may be just the right inspiration as you plan future events in this country. Where better to focus this virtual round-up than Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, home to many artisan producers and farmers passionate about authentic produce? 

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Burren Smokehouse

Discover the secret of salmon smoking at Burren Smokehouse, a delight for the “culinarily curious”. Located only 20 minutes away from the Cliffs of Moher, this quaint destination might have started life as a kiln and smokebox but has since evolved into an audiovisual learning and tasting experience.

For team-building activities, experiences range from intimate, bespoke picnics to three-course meals for up to 100 people. Whiskey and craft beer tastings are also hosted at Burren Smokehouse, with musical entertainment to make it truly special. 

 
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Dingle Food Festival

Every October, the beautiful fishing village of Dingle comes to life with a food festival that includes cookery demonstrations, over 50 market stalls, workshops, wine tastings and more. It’s the perfect experience for those looking to truly immerse themselves in Irish culture.

Looking for team-building ideas? When Dingle’s ‘The Taste Trail’ reopens, it will have all the right ingredients to 'wow' your client with the best of Irish hospitality, as 70 venues around the town open their doors for tastings of the best food and drink on the Peninsula.
 
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Atlantic Irish Seaweed

Ireland’s ancient seaweed traditions are completely unique and form the basis of a truly memorable incentive activity. Discover the seaweeds of the famous Derrynane on the Ring of Kerry at Atlantic Irish Seaweed. This rugged coastal activity starts at the village of Caherdaniel, where guests will learn tidal basics before wading and foraging for this Atlantic specialty.

A tasting lunch includes seaweed and fruit Kefirs and Kombuchas, demonstrating where these renowned superfoods really come from. With fully customisable experiences on offer, Atlantic Irish Seaweed fits perfectly into any Wild Atlantic Way itinerary

 

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Sligo Food Trail

The Sligo Food Trail is made special by the abundance of delicious local delicacies and organic produce native to the region. Freshly-caught seafood certainly tastes better in the midst of the gorgeous landscape that produces wild Mullaghmore lobster and Lissadell oysters.

Four weekly artisan food and craft markets — that see the Sligo community come together to celebrate food – provide plenty of options for any incentive itinerary, Experiences range from craft beer tastings to fine dining; spending time in this town always leads to something special. While many of the businesses on the Sligo Food Trail continue to offer takeaway options, the tour and its operators will open fully for business when it is safe to do so.


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Galway Food Tours

A walk through the streets of Galway will bring you from artisanal producers to family-run food businesses, with fine cheese, fresh oysters and sweet treats to sample along the way. Galway Food Tours are run in collaboration with Galway’s award-winning restaurants and caf├ęs.

This tour will take you through from the West End to the Latin Quarter, or East End to Woodquay, providing the perfect team-building experience. Tours cater for up to 40 people, led in tandem, and can be fully customised to make sure each event is a wholly unique experience. While many of the businesses on the Galway Food Tour will reopen and continue to offer takeaway options, the tour and its operators will continue fully for business when it is safe to do so.
 


A Taste of Donegal

In normal circumstances, thousands flock to this event to sample what Donegal has to offer. Since it launched in 2008, A Taste of Donegal has become a global destination for food lovers. Set against the backdrop of the Blue Stack Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, a packed three-day long programme shows the town off at its best.

It won’t be hard to build a memorable programme to fulfill Irish food and drink fantasies with 130 exhibitors, celebrity chef-led workshops, expert masterclasses entertainment and tasting sessions at A Taste of Doengal. While the event is cancelled for 2020 due to government advice, the organisers expect to return in 2021 with a spectacular to be back with a bigger and better food festival.


Get in touch

Why not let the food of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way spark your imagination, as you research future MICE ideas? Inspiration can strike at any time and these yearly festivals, tours and experiences mean you can plan ahead. Contact a member of the Meet in Ireland team today to access more advice and support for your future events.
 

 

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