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Exploring Ireland's culinary scene – one meal at a time

From Dublin to Dingle and everywhere in between

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Looking for a place that combines fresh ingredients, classically inspired dishes, and emerging talent? All that you’re seeking can be found in one place – Ireland. Thanks to the country’s rich history, as well as a growing collection of all­-star chefs, Ireland’s culinary scene is better than ever before.

Michelin Star chef Oliver Dunne is leveraging Ireland’s renowned fruits and vegetables by bringing seasonal menus to his award­-winning restaurant, Bon Appetit, in Dublin. With dishes like roasted salmon with poached hen eggs and spring onion pesto, Dunne takes full advantage of the city’s close proximity to the Irish Sea, serving up fresh fish and seafood to hungry diners.

If you’re looking to indulge in some of the best food Ireland has to offer, but don’t want to be confined to a single restaurant, take on one of the many amazing food trails. The Dingle Food Trail guides visitors along the coast of the Dingle peninsula — on Ireland’s southwest coast — and gives them the opportunity to meet the locals who produce the food.

Shrimp Salad

Along the way enjoy some great Irish music in welcoming towns and villages (Meat lovers: don’t miss out on the prime Irish steak and West Kerry lamb). Travelers shouldn’t forget to visit Ireland’s beautifully preserved heritage sites which provide a serene break from the busy schedule.

Visitors traveling the Causeway Coastal Route will find that bakeries in market towns and villages continue to thrive. St. George’s Market in Belfast has been serving fresh produce since the late 1800’s. The diversity of the food makes this market stand out among the rest, offering everything from Atlantic shark to fresh fruit. There’s also an abundance of antiques, art, and handmade crafts to check out between meals.

Food service

Whether you’re marveling at the majestic Kylemore Abbey, enjoying traditional Irish music in Dingle, or savoring some treats in Belfast, you’ll never be bored. From fresh seafood to Irish classics that can’t be found elsewhere, Ireland’s food scene provides some of the most exciting options around for culinary explorers.

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