Foodies flock to Ireland

Inistioge is a scenic village located on the banks of the River Nore in South Kilkenny, 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 pâté 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.