Food Tour at St. Georges Market
Food Tour at St. Georges Market

Food Tours in Ireland: 10 Cities and Regions to Find Them

Ireland isn’t the obvious vacation destination for foodies. However, the culinary choices have been expanding in recent years thanks to inventive local chefs and a reliance on getting fresh ingredients from both the land and the sea.

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Some of the staples of the Irish diet include Irish stew, bacon and cabbage, boxty, Irish soda bread, coddle and colcannon.

Today’s Irish chefs are taking these dishes a step further, with much of that reflected in the food tours that you see below.

Most of the food tours in Ireland listed in this blog post (except for the private yacht experience off the Kinsale coast and the two-night stay in Waterford) range in price from €55/$60 US/£47 Sterling/$80 CAD/$90 AUD to around €120/$132 US/£102 Sterling/$175 CAD/$196 AUD per person.

Not all food tours listed here are suitable for everyone, so it’s best to ask beforehand if you have specific dietary needs.

  1. Belfast

While Belfast is technically part of the United Kingdom, it’s easy to cross the seamless border that exists between Northern Ireland and the Republic either by car or public transportation.

Belfast City Center. Photo: Tony Pleavin, Tourism Ireland.

There are several food tours to experience in Belfast, once known as the industrial powerhouse of Northern Ireland and famously associated with The Titanic.

The Belfast Food Tour

This four-hour guided food tour through the city center includes some of its top food and drinking spots.

The popular St. George's Market in Belfast. Photo: Chris Hill for Tourism Hill.

The tour begins in the historic St. George’s Market, where you can expect to meet local food producers and then taste some of their delicious products.

The 5 Stop Brunch Tour

This is another Belfast culinary tour favorite that includes three hours of grazing in the city’s best quirky cafes, restaurants, and bars. Also includes cocktails.

Crafty Beer and Street Eats

A 3-hour walking tour of Belfast’s best beer bars and street food venues.

Participants on a Belfast Food Tour. Photo: Taste and tour NI Facebook.

More information on the above tours can be found on the Taste & Tour website.

Belfast Food Tours – Secret Food Tours

This 3 to 3 ½-hour excursion starts in front of Belfast City Hall and takes you to a number of eateries in the city, where you’ll dine on a freshly baked breakfast with locals and later enjoy some classic Northern Ireland dishes.

  1. Cork City

The Cork Tasting Trail

Experience the city’s traditional food and drink establishments on this popular tour while also savoring delicious Irish dishes, in addition to learning about Cork’s culinary heritage along the way.

The interior of The English Market in Cork City. Photo: Tourism Ireland.

The 2 ½ to 3-hour walking food tour starts at the Grand Parade entrance to the legendary English Market on Princes Street where you will meet that market’s artisan producers.

Six venues are included in this guided tour that will also give you an insight into the local culture and architecture.

Cork Historic Doughnut Tour

You’ll start this tour at the Dulce Bun Bakehouse, a family-owned café that sells some of the best doughnuts in town.

Photo courtesy of Underground Donut Tour Facebook.

After that, expect to hear about the incredible history of the city while stopping at two other doughnut specialty shops as well as well-known attractions in the city, including the National Monument Grand Parade, the English Market and the Crawford Art Gallery.

Cork on a Fork Festival

Taste your way through the city by enjoying food trails, cooking demonstrations, tasting masterclasses, talks, special events and more at this annual food festival, which takes place Aug. 16-20.

  1. Kinsale, County Cork

Make Kinsale a definite stop on your Ireland vacation itinerary and while you’re there, choose between three food-related tours offered in this colorful West Cork town.

Kinsale Culinary Half-Day Tour

This includes a walk through this pretty seaside village where you’ll learn about the history of Irish food and then sample some traditional fare, including local cheese, oysters and craft beer.

Photo: Jenifoto for Getty Images.

The tour culminates in a lesson on how to make a classic Irish coffee. This is also available as a private tour. Email [email protected] for more information.

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Coastal Foraging and Folklore Tour

On this coastal walk, learn how to identify seaweeds, shellfish, and wild plants, some of which are used for beauty, food and medicinal purposes, and hear some local coastal legends as well.

An aerial view of the Kinsale. Photo: Tourism Ireland.

This dog-friendly walking food tour starts at the Sandycove Slipway, about 5 km/3 miles outside Kinsale. Look for the guide wearing the green “Kinsale Food Tours” jacket.

This is also available as a private experience, with a wild foods picnic included. Email [email protected] for more information.

Private Yacht Picnic Charter

This half-day sailing experience (available in the morning and afternoon) includes having your own skipper and a private guide, in addition to a gourmet picnic as you take in the spectacular views along the County Cork coast.

Yachts in Kinsale Harbour. Photo: Lukasz Warzecha for Failte Ireland.

Some alcohol is provided and includes local producers Kinsale Mead, Blacks Kinsale Pale Ale, Stonewell Cider, as well as wine and Prosecco.

This is not a budget experience. Charter yacht tours cost approximately $1,400 for up to 4 people.

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  1. Dingle

There are several food tours that you can avail of in the Dingle area.

Dingle Tasting Tours

Wander through the beautiful town of Dingle and experience its local food and drink, including seafood right off the boat, Irish beef from local farms and locally crafted gin and beer.

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Dingle, Co. Kerry. Photo: espiegle, Getty Images Signature.

Tours are offered at 11:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m. The morning tour is the shorter of the two available.

Kingdom Food Tour

Italian native and certified tour guide Giulia Visciani is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge of Irish food and in particular, her passion for Dingle and its fare.

Visitors walk through Dingle on the Kingdom Food Tour. Photo courtesy of Kingdom Food Tours Facebook.

Expect to stop at a local brewery, fusion food restaurants, food trucks, a butcher shop, and an ice cream store on this food tour.

Visciani also offers private tours and a guided coastal walk together with a gourmet picnic.

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Meet the Maker

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A Dingle Peninsula sunset. Photo: Mustang_79 for Getty Images Pro.

On this four-hour drive through the Dingle Peninsula, you’ll discover artisan food and beverage producers, including a visit with the first female brewer in Ireland.

The Dingle Food Festival

This is an annual highlight in Dingle, which will take place Sept. 29th through October 1st.

Some of the delicious fare available at the Dingle Food and Wine Festival. PhotoA: Valerie O'Sullivan, Failte Ireland.

Activities include a combination of cookery demonstrations, workshops, a craft beer and cider trail, a farmer's forum, street entertainment, a taste trail, over 50 market stalls, children's events, wine tastings, and more.

  1. Dublin

Meet and Eat Dublin: Dublin Food Walking Tour

Different types of cheese on display in Sheridan's Cheesemongers in Dublin. Photo: Carnets De Traverse for Tourism Ireland.

Stop at 6 to 7 different venues in the city to get a literal taste of Dublin’s current food scene. Meet food artisans, chocolatiers, and cheese mongers, among others.

This tour includes 5 to 6 food tastings and 1 to 2 drink tastings.

Dublin Walking Tour with Secret Tours

Take a half-day food tour visiting authentic pubs, cafes, markets, and food shops while savoring a traditional Irish breakfast, artisanal cheese, even an Irish liqueur.

A traditional Irish breakfast is part of the Secret Tours food tour in Dublin. Photo: Getty Images.

The tour will take you past Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, and other popular attractions in the city.

Delicious Dublin Food Tour

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Photo courtesy of Delicious Dublin Food Tour.

This tour will give you a good introduction to the food scene in Ireland and Dublin.

It includes tastings and samples at award-winning restaurants and cafés.

Food on Foot Tour

You’ll find a blend of food, history and culture on this tour.

Irish Craic & Cuisine: Cooking Class and Dinner in Central Dublin

Learn how to make Irish soda bread, a beef and Guinness casserole and an Irish favorite, colcannon with Dublin native Ann Tomlin.

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Ann Tomlin who offers the Irish Craic and Cuisine class in Dublin.

The experience is more than just a cooking lesson; it’s an evening of fun and the chance to experience genuine Irish hospitality.

Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

While not a food tour, per se, this delightful activity is still totally worth doing.

Ready for afternoon tea on a vintage tour bus in Dublin. Photo: Courtesy Conor McCabe_PR Press and Corporate Photographer for Failte Ireland.

Enjoy a variety of afternoon tea delicacies, including freshly made sandwiches, desserts, cakes, and pastries, with 1950s jazz playing in the background while you breeze around the city on a double decker bus.



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  1. Galway

Galway Food Tours – Daytime Food Tour

This 2 ½-hour culinary walking tour will introduce you to Galway’s cheese makers, artisan chocolatiers, creative beer makers and more.

Visitors on a food tour of Galway with Galway Food Tours. Photo: Hu O'Reilly, Failte Ireland.

Other culinary tours offered by Galway Food Tours include an Evening Food Tour, the Sweet Tooth Food Tour and its 4 ½-hour Food and Cycling Tour.

You’ll more information on the Galway Food Tours website.

Foodie Walking Tour of Galway City

This small group tour, which is offered in both English and French, includes six food and drink stops across the city where you’ll learn about traditional Irish food, in addition to exploring the Galway Market where local producers sell Galway Bay oysters, cheese, craft beer and more.

  1. Sligo

Taste of Sligo Food Tours

Follow well-known Sligo restauranteur Anthony Gray through the streets of Sligo and into its popular eateries on this popular food tour.

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Guests attending a Sligo Food Tour. Photo courtesy of Sligo Food Tours Facebook.

Over 2 ½ hours, learn about the multicultural flavors that are defining the town’s position as a culinary destination.

Tours are available Wednesday through Saturday, at 12 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. for groups of up to 8+ people.

Tours are also available for singles and groups smaller than 8.

Private Oyster Tasting One-Hour Experience

This 1-hour experience includes an oyster shucking demonstration and an oyster tasting provided by Aisling Kelly, owner of WB’s Coffee House.

Sligo Oyster Farm Tour

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Sligo Oyster Experience with Aisling Kelly-Hunter. Photo: © Anita Murphy 2020.

This oyster farm tour will give you exclusive access to a working oyster farm where you will learn about Sligo's ancient seafood while taking in stunning views of Benbulben and Knocknarea, popular hiking attractions in County Sligo.

  1. The Burren, County Clare

The Burren in County Clare is where you’ll find an abundance of caves, cliffs and fossil sites, and it also where you will discover a number of food-related attractions.

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Products from the popular Burren Smokehouse brand, a participant in The Burren Food Trail. Photo: Publicis for Tourism Ireland.

In recent years, this area has attracted several artisan farmers, beekeepers, gardeners, cheesemakers, perfumeries, and chocolatiers, which has resulted in the creation of The Burren Food Trail, a series of themed driving tours that can be easily downloaded for on-the-go traveling.

Choose from The Market Garden Trail, the Farm to Fork Trail, Taste of the Ocean Trail and more.

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  1. Waterford

Mountain Splendour Taste Tour

Take a tour of the Comeragh and Knockmealdown mountain region with guide Johnny Landers.

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The Comeragh Mountains. Photo courtesy of Stefan Schnebelt Photography.

This food tour also includes a visit a sheep farm where you will learn about sustainable farming and see the farm’s distinctive Scottish Black Face sheep and then dine on lamb when in season at Cooney’s Yard.

If you want a more immersive experience, you can spend two days exploring County Waterford’s food, drink, and landscapes.

The Waterford Food Story Experience includes two nights bed and breakfast at the Granville Hotel in Waterford together with an evening meal in the award-winning Everett’s restaurant.

aerial view of cliffs Waterford's Copper Coast
The beautiful Copper Coast in County Waterford, named one of the Top 100 “offbeat” places to visit in the world. Photo courtesy of Celtic Routes for Tourism Ireland.

Take a foraging tour along the nearby beach, part of Waterford’s Copper Coast, with The Sea Gardener Marie Power and later explore the region’s gardens and natural woodland.

If you’d like to discover more of County Waterford’s culinary treasures, be sure to take the Coastal Discovery Taste Trail.

  1. Donegal

If you want to discover the culinary delights of County Donegal, taking a food tour with Donegal Food Tours is worthwhile. Here is a sampling of what you can expect.

Taste the North

This guided excursion highlights the chefs, foodie destinations, and delicious produce in the northern part of the county.

Taste Inishowen

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The Isle of Doagh, a small peninsula in North Inishowen. Photo: Gareth Wray, Failte Ireland.

On this food tour, you'll spend an afternoon traveling through the Inishowen Peninsula that is known for its stunning sea views, and along the way, you'll find some of Donegal's best foodie gems.

The Killybegs Food Tour

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The harbor at Killybegs, Co. Donegal.

Meet local fishermen, products and restauranteurs on this 3.5-hour walking food tour of Killybegs, the main fishing port of County Donegal.

Border Hop Food Tour

This 5-hour excursion will take you to the Donegal/Tyrone border where you'll meet the innovative producers and chefs behind the food scene in Northwest Ireland, in addition to numerous tasting opportunities.

Email [email protected] to book any one or more of the above tours.


In addition, Donegal hosts several food festivals.

They include A Taste of Donegal, A Taste of Inishowen Food Festival, the Dunfanaghy Food Festival, the Dungloe Street Food Event, the Killybegs Hooked Festival, and Off the Street Food Festival.

Find more information on all of them here.

If you’d like to take a food tour of Ireland, Vagabond offers an excellent one called the 6-Day Epic Ireland Food Tour that will take you to places like Galway, Clare, Dingle and more.

Read More: Private Tours of Ireland: How to See the Emerald Isle on Your Terms

No doubt there are many more food tours in Ireland, way more than I can fit into this blog post.

If you know of a worthwhile food tour anywhere on the island of Ireland, do let me know in the comments below.

colette

Colette is a County Sligo native who created Ireland on a Budget to provide her readers with money-saving tips on how to get to Ireland and then save even more when they're there. She's a professional copywriter who lives in the New York area with her husband and two children.

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