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7 Days Good Food Ireland Culinary Vacation

7 Days Good Food Ireland Culinary Vacation

  • Dublin - Waterford - Cork

Food Tour Ireland

Journey the East Coast of Ireland and experience the culture and history of Ireland’s Ancient East. Dine in Ireland’s finest restaurants and taste the Irish sea in the fresh fish and the flavour of herds raised on luscious green pastures. Ireland offers creamy cheese, wild mushrooms, delicious butter and fresh produce from fertile soils. Taste the difference, as you travel with Good Food Ireland's members and expose yourself to the sites and stories of Ancient Ireland, from simple farmhouses to castles, gardens, markets, and a stop-off in Ireland’s food capital.

Highlights

  • Visit to the vibrant English Market
  • Visit to the famous Guinness storehouse
  • Cooking demonstration at Ballymaloe Cookery School
  • Private tour and tasting at Highbank Orchards, in Kilkenny
  • Tour of Mr. Jeffares blackcurrants with tasting
  • Delicious traditional Irish meals
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Ballymaloe House - Days 4 and 5

The accommodation at Ballymaloe is simple and elegant. They have a range of rooms in the main house; some large and airy, with beautiful views over the fields, as well as cosier rooms at the top of the house, in the eaves. Their newer, light filled, garden rooms are at the back of the house and look on to the river and the trees beyond. They also have charming rooms in a lime washed, rose covered, farm building in the courtyard.

All their rooms have a calm and relaxing feel; their beds are comfortable and fresh flowers are brought in from the garden everyday. There are paintings and drawings by Irish modern artists, such as Pat Scott, Michael Farrell, Louis Le Brocquy and Norah McGuinness, throughout the house, as well as examples of Irish studio pottery.

You can have afternoon tea in their drawing room by the fire or in the conservatory, filled with scented geraniums and winter jasmine, which looks on to the gardens and river. There are benches dotted through out the gardens, where you can sit in the summer and read or listen to the sounds of the farm. In winter, the drawing room is warm and peaceful; the perfect place to relax after a long walk by the sea and look out at the wild Irish sky.

Brooks Hotel in Dublin's City Center - Days 1 and 6

It is difficult to encapsulate the qualities that make a great hotel. Large luxurious rooms, exemplary service, the chef, the kitchen, and the superlative food. All these qualities and a little something extra make Brooks Hotel truly special. There are few true havens where you can stay within Dublin's city limits. Arrival at Brooks Hotel, right in the heart of things for shopping and sightseeing, brings gentile peace to the bustle of the city. Enjoy the efficient friendly tones of the welcoming reception staff and relax in modern amenities and elegant style. Room sizes range from classic to deluxe to executive, all with contemporary yet classic touches and all the facilities you need for business or pleasure. Bathrooms are streamlined and modern; with luxury toiletries in case you forgot yours.

Granville Hotel - Days 2 and 3

Originally built by a Waterford merchant family, the building was also headquarter for Ireland’s first public transport system. In 1979, it was purchased by Liam and Ann Cusack, who embraced this building’s grandeur and charm. Traditions of comfort, excellent service, and hospitality are upheld by second generation Cusacks and, of course, Richard and his team. The glass porch over the entrance leads to a busy lobby area. Here, you will check in and be shown to one of the comfortable 98 rooms or executive penthouses with balconies on the very top floor. These have a fine view of the river out front. Rooms are luxuriously furnished and equipped with all you need for a comfortable stay.

Day 1 - Dublin

  • Arrive in Ireland’s bustling capital and check in to the luxury of Brooks Hotel.
  • Once you have settled your bags and taken in the little touches that make Brooks such a special place to stay, the city awaits.
  • It is time to head out into the capital for a bite of the famous Irish culture and a look at the history that still prevails on every street today.
  • The first stop is the Guinness Storehouse, where the famous black stuff was originally brewed.
  • Make your way to the top of the storehouse and relax, as you sip a hearty Guinness and look down over the city from the glass walled bar that perches on top of the building.
  • Before you leave, you will have the option of having lunch at Gilroy's.
  • This is the Guinness Storehouse’s restaurant, where they take their traditional Irish food seriously. Sit down for a heart-warming lunch that will keep you going for a day of sightseeing.
  • Wander through Dublin City, perhaps stopping at sights like the Dublin Castle and the Ha’Penny Bridge, or nipping into Trinity to see the Book of Kells, written by no less than three masterful monks in ancient Ireland.
  • Spend the evening choosing a destination restaurant from a wealth of Good Food Ireland members; they will give you a Good Food Ireland gift card to spend and the choice is yours.
  • Try the famous Cornucopia, a vegetarian haven right in the heart of the city center; perhaps, the Ely Wine Bar takes your fancy, where fine dining and beautiful wines introduce you to the sophistication of modern Irish cuisine; you can also choose Toscana, an authentic Italian restaurant using Irish ingredients.
  • After dinner, take a stroll through Temple Bar’s cobbled streets, have a look at Trinity, lit majestically in the dark, and slowly make your way back to Brooks for a restful night, where it will not feel like you are staying in a bustling city center at all.

Day 2 - Dublin, Wexford, and Waterford

  • Depart Dublin for the sunny South East of Ireland.
  • Leave early to take in as much of the countryside as possible and stop for a walk on some of Wexford’s famous strands.
  • There, the Irish sea will lap quietly and you will hear the gentle rush of the wind.
  • Visit Mr. Jeffares Blackcurrants and the Good Food Ireland Headquarters.
  • Meet Des Jeffares, whose family have been growing blackcurrants there, at Ballykelly House, for several generations.
  • Enjoy a tour of the farm and enjoy a tasting of this delicious fruit and their famous blackcurrant cordial.
  • Good Food Ireland will be there too to offer you a warm welcome and give you lots of hints and tips to take with you on your journey.
  • Enjoy a lunch in Wexford Town, where you will find several options to choose from.
  • In the afternoon, head to Waterford along the coast, where the vast ocean peeking at you in glimpses.
  • Check into the Granville Hotel, where you will find a lovely family vibe and be greeted like you are one of their own.
  • Drop off your bags and listen to their tips before taking the opportunity to do a walking tour of this historic city, with one of Waterford’s energetic storytellers, taking in two cathedrals, four national monuments, and relaying a history that dates back to the Vikings.
  • Once you have had your cultural fill, it is time to retire for dinner at the hotel’s Bianconi Restaurant.
  • There, you will find much of the locally grazed beef, fresh fish, and seasonal vegetables combined to create a winning menu.

Day 3 - Waterford and Kilkenny City

  • Head to Waterford Crystal in the morning, where you will find beautiful glasses and vases produced to the highest quality.
  • Then, make your way to Highbank Orchards in Kilkenny, where you will meet the Calder-Potts. This is a piece of living history and you will stroll through the orchards, where the sun dapples the apples and there are plenty of tales to be unearthed.
  • Then, you will go back to their craft distillery for a look behind the scenes and a taste of their delicious range of ciders, gins, vodkas, and liquors all distilled right there on the farm.
  • Once you have enjoyed a little tipple, it is time to head into Kilkenny City.
  • Browse the little winding streets and stop at character filled bars and pubs for a light bite and a bit of enjoyment. Visit the castle and enjoy the hustle of this ancient medieval city.
  • Make your way back to Waterford through rich pastures, famous for their grass fed cattle and dine at Bodega Restaurant, where they serve seasonal Irish food with a contemporary twist.
  • Relax with fine wine and enjoy the lively atmosphere before you return to Granville Hotel for one last night.
  • Enjoy a nightcap at the bar, regaling the now familiar faces with your tales from the day.

Day 4 - Waterford and Cork

  • Stop at Walsh’s Bakery for a taste of the famous Waterford Blaa, an authentic Irish bread, and a laugh with the passionate Irish bakers, before making the journey to East Cork.
  • Take in the Copper Coast drive along Waterford’s golden beaches, a very scenic trip, dotted with gorgeous viewpoints and a backdrop of grazing pasture.
  • En route, stop in Dungarvan for a tour of the Dungarvan Brewery and an insightful talk into their brewing process. Learn the ingredients and time that goes into creating their craft beers, before experiencing the rich flavours for yourself.
  • Your next stop is Ballymaloe Cookery School, nestled in the Cork countryside.
  • There, you will experience a hearty welcome, before being taken for an exciting cooking demonstration in the world famous cookery school and a tour of the school’s vegetable gardens.
  • This is a place where a commitment to seasonal Irish cooking and local produce has created the Allen family dynasty of cooking.
  • After your class, retire to the family home at Ballymaloe House.
  • Enjoy a hearty welcome from the Allen family and enjoy a divine meal in their restaurant that evening.
  • Perhaps, listen to warm tales by a roaring fire, before indulging in a little night cap and heading to bed in a gorgeous room.

Day 5 - Cork

  • Head to Cork to visit the Butter Museum and the English Market, Later, enjoy a light lunch in Farmgate Café, run by Kay Harte and her daughter, Rebecca.
  • Return to Ballymaloe to freshen up before dinner at Farmgate Restaurant, in Midleton, run by Kay’s sister Maróg and her daughter Sally, who are considered pioneers of local Irish food.
  • There, you will experience the best of roasted local meats, beautifully smoked or pan fried fresh fish, and a selection of desserts that will seduce any palate. *Afterwards, head back to Ballymaloe House for a night cap and a long soak in the bath, before curling up for another night in the folds of this elegant country home.

Day 6 - Cork, Kildare, and Dublin

  • It is time to leave Ireland’s food capital and make your way back to Dublin.
  • Wind down the windows and breathe in fresh country air as you wheel your way back to the central city.
  • Stop off in Kildare, taking in the rolling greens of the National Stud, where horses are often on show.
  • If you have time, get out and take a walk around this beautiful scenic area.
  • Lunch will be at Hartes of Kildare. There, they take seasonal ingredients and present them in simply delicious ways and an inspiring presentation that makes it a true highlight on Ireland’s gastropub scene.
  • Delight over the finest steaks, fresh fish, and a monumental variety of dishes and desserts. Make sure to get your fill, because you will not taste food like this elsewhere.
  • Return to the bustling capital and drop off your bags at Brooks Hotel.
  • This evening is yours to enjoy, take a leisurely stroll to see any of the sights you might have missed.
  • You can hop on an open topped bus or take a medieval Viking tour, before settling into one of the member's restaurants for a delicious last supper.

Day 7 - Dublin

  • Wake to the elegance of a breakfast at Brooks.
  • Choose from a full menu brimming with Irish produce, traditional breakfasts, elegant compotes, and seasonal food.
  • Savor every last bite, before checking out and making your way to Dublin Airport (DUB) for departure.
  • Explore the Butter Museum
  • Explore the English Market
  • Tour of Ballymaloe Cookery School and cooking demonstration
  • Tour of Highbank Orchards in Kilkenny, with talk and tasting
  • Tour of Waterford Crystal
  • Visit Farmgate Café
  • Visit of the Dungarvan Brewery and tasting
  • Visit to Mr. Jeffares Blackcurrant Farm and tasting
  • Visit to the Guiness storehouse
  • Walking tour of Waterford

This holiday will take place in Ireland's Ancien East. You will visit Dublin Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny City, Cork, and Kildare.

There is no better way of understanding a culture than by eating its food. Eat your way around the island of Ireland as you get exclusive access to the people behind the best Irish food and hear their fascinating stories. Good Food Ireland is a trusted quality guarantee for premium authentic local food experiences. It is a family of members, all sharing a passionate philosophy and commitment to using local, Irish, seasonal produce. They journey up and down the country, independently inspecting all their members to ensure they meet Good Food Ireland's promise to you.

They offer uniquely connected experiences and unparalleled access, with a wealth of knowledge like no one else. With ten years of showcasing and defining Ireland’s food scene, Good Food Ireland has a proven track record and expertise. Their authentic cultural food travel experiences are designed to immerse you in the farm to fork life that inspires them every day. Let them share their secrets with you. During your holiday, your palate will be surprised with daily breakfast, one lunch at Farmgate Café, one dinner at Brooks Hotel, one dinner at Granville Hotel, one dinner at Bodega Restaurant, and one dinner at Ballymaloe House and Farmgate Restaurant.

You will also stop at Walsh's Bakery for a taste of the famous Waterford Blaa, an authentic Irish bread; enjoy one tasting session of Mr. Jeffares Blackcurrant Farm's delicious fruit and their famous blackcurrant cordial; take part in one private tasting of Highbank Orchards in Kilkenny's delicious range of ciders, gins, vodkas, and liquors, all distilled right on the farm; and delight with one tasting session of craft beers at Dungarvan Brewery. You will be given a Good Food Ireland prepaid roaming gourmet card, worth 100 EUR, for you to spend on food and choose between a wide variety of restaurants, such as the famous Cornucopia, the Ely Wine Bar, Toscana, and Cistín Eile.

  • Hop on an open topped bus
  • Take a leisurely stroll to see any of the sights you might have missed
  • Take a medieval Viking tour
  • 1 cooking demonstration and tour of Ballymaloe Cookery school garden
  • 1 Good Food Ireland gift box souvenir
  • 1 Good Food Ireland prepaid roaming gourmet card worth 100 EUR
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 private tour of Mr. Jeffares Blackcurrant Farm and tasting
  • 1 talk and tasting at Highbank Orchards in Kilkenny
  • 1 tour and tasting at Dungarvan Brewery
  • 1 walking tour of Waterford
  • 5 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance to the Butter Museum
  • Entrance to the Guinness Storehouse
  • Entrance to Waterford Crystal
  • Additional drinks and meals
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance to the Book of Kells
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Dublin Airport (DUB).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.