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Make it Yourself: Dublin’s Best Food Experiences

By Aoife Carrigy

8th August 2017

Dublin’s local food scene has never been livelier, and boasts a dizzying array of great eating experiences. It's fascinating to meet some of the personalities keeping the food scene buzzing. Food blogger Aoife Carrigy explores some of the best immersive experiences the city has to offer.

Craft Beer Taps

Learn the art of brewing

Many tourists visiting Dublin will take a walk through the Liberties to reach a certain world-famous brewery. But if you’d like to wander off the beaten track and pick up a new hobby, check into one of Dublin’s smallest microbreweries for your very own beer-making class. The Artisan Brew Academy’s introductory class promises a tutorial on the crafting of beer from grain to bottle, plus a demonstration of all grain brewing and – crucially – a tasting of a wide range of craft beer samples!

Bake a loaf of soda bread

Fancy learning how to bake your very own Irish soda bread? Then book yourself into one of the Cake Cafe’s monthly Prepare to Meet Your Baker classes. Hosted in one of the city’s prettiest hidden gems (tucked away off buzzing Camden Street), this class will arm you with the skills to bake up a traditional Irish loaf and produce the finest pastry, cakes and traditional butter cookies from your own home oven.

Cook your own catch

A trip to the pretty fishing village of Howth is a treat for any seafood lover, with its lively West Pier lined with smoke-houses, fishmongers and seafood eateries on the one side, and working fleets on the other. For a truly memorable experience, book yourself a Catch and Cook class at Howth Castle Cookery School. Head out beyond Ireland’s Eye to learn the basics of catching fish before returning to the Castle to cook your bounty, and enjoy it as a three-course dinner with wine. You’ll leave with the confidence to handle fresh fish both on the boat and in the kitchen – and a unique experience to remember.

Images via Taking a Leaf

Images via Taking a Leaf

Urban wilderness

Tipperary-born Miceál Murray has been living in Dublin for half a lifetime – long enough to explore the city’s hidden pockets of urban wilderness. He set up Taking a Leaf as a way to reconnect with the green spaces in his adopted city, and to share their secrets with others through his blog as well as themed feasts, workshops and walks. Limited to small, intimate groups, his walks introduce you to forgotten places and the plants hidden in plain sight within them. Miceál will share his knowledge of their edible and medicinal properties, and associated folklore and stories.

Meet local baristas

Coffee culture has exploded in Dublin, and the city now boasts a whole host of third-wave roasters and independent coffee shops. Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or simply curious about Dublin’s take on this global sub-culture, a guided tour to meet local baristas with Dublin Coffee Tours will give you a new pep in your step.

If you’d prefer to sit back and be served, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! You’ll find some of the tastiest Dublin eateries serving up mouth-watering Irish meals – both traditional and contemporary – here.

Aoife Carrigy

Aoife Carrigy | Freelance Food Journalist

Outgoing Chairperson of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, Aoife is a freelance journalist and editor specialising in food, wine and travel. She has co-authored and edited several Irish cookbooks, and is passionate about developing Ireland’s food story.