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Taste the Island

By Visit Dublin

13th August 2019

Dublin’s food scene has never been more alive, with the streets of the capital offering more food options than ever before. Taste the Island is a celebration of the very best of food and drink the city has to offer. We’ll tell you about where to eat the best meals, special events like foraging trails and food festivals, as well as opportunities to meet local food producers.

CHQ Irish Food & Drink Experience Launch Night

4 September

To celebrate the beginning of Taste the Island, the CHQ Building will be launching its series of food and drink experiences in EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, allowing visitors to get a taste of what will be on offer within the building.

The Molly Malone Experience

6-30 September

Spend a lunchtime in the city centre reliving the exploits of the legendary Molly Malone who sold cockles and mussels “on the streets broad and narrow”. Enjoy delicious Dublin chowder, insightful local history and even a bit of traditional music at a top Irish Culinary School.

Hole in the Wall Guided Walks through the Phoenix Park with Lunch

6 September - 31 October

Enjoy a guided walk through the Phoenix Park, Europe's largest city park followed by lunch prepared using fresh local seafood complimented by home brewed craft beer at the Hole in the Wall, Europe's longest pub.

Dublin's Distillery Trail

6 September - 30 November

Pay a visit to the new distilleries of Dublin and try their out their whiskeys on this guided trail. Each tour is put together specially and travel throughout is by executive car or coach for the luxurious treatment.

The Howth Seafood Shuffle

6 September - 30 November

Visit the seaside town of Howth to take a trip through its culinary delights. The “Seafood Shuffle” visits three different eateries for three different tapas and three different accompanying drinks, showing off the different flavours of this picturesque haven.

Festival of Food

7 & 8 September

Airfield Estate in Dundrum will host a two-days full of organic and Irish produce, artisanal food vendors, a farmers market, live talks and performances and even chef masterclasses at this culinary extravaganza with fun for all the family.

Dublin Long Table Feasts

12-22 September

Explore the Dublin’s nearby woodlands and coastline with experienced foragers to put together the ingredients for a meal to remember.

2019 Irish Harvest Festival

12 September - 31 October

Roly's Bistro, the long-running and much-celebrated restaurant in the heart of Ballsbridge, will bring the countryside to Dublin 4 with a special harvest menu where chefs Paul Cartwright and Hugh Hyland will work with local, artisanal producers to source the freshest ingredients.

VIP Taste the Island Golf Experience

1-31 October

At the Grand Hotel in Malahide, play two rounds of golf on their Championship Links course followed by a craft beer and seafood tour in Howth, private whiskey tasting and a dining experience at Malahide Castle.

Fireside Chats at The Merrion

Tuesdays from 1-29 October

Each Tuesday during October, one the city’s most celebrated restaurants, The Merrion, will host a fireside chat where a different visiting guest speaker will be interviewed about their career in the food world.

1900s Irish Halloween Experience

30 October

Halloween is routed in the ancient Irish festival of Samhain which marked the end of the harvest. This tour will lead you on a special culinary experience that looks at Irish history from 500BC right up to the 20th century.

International Poitin Day

18 November

Mad March Hare Irish Poitín invites you to Bar 1661 to see some of the best mixologists in Ireland meet up to create some unique and delicious coctadrinks which use poitín as as the main ingredient.

Thanksgiving Dinner at The Gallery Restaurant at The Church

28 November

The Gallery Restaurant in the spectacular surroundings of the The Church on Jervis Street in the City Centre will have lavish Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey, cranberry and all the traditional trimmings.

Eatyard Street Food Market

 Visit Eatyard, next door to the popular Bernard Shaw pub to try an array of delicious street-eats in one of Dublin’s most exciting neighbourhoods.

Fab Food Trails

The celebrated Fab Food Trails are simply the very best way to get to know the city. On a relaxing three hour stroll you’ll typically visit six or seven independently-owned eateries, tasting the best of their wares and meeting their owners.

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