From meat and potatoes to Michelin stars; from a 19th century famine disaster to 21st century social gastronomy. The story of Irish food is a winding road. We're inviting all you active foodies to explore it with us!
What is it?
Our new 7 Day Vagabond Epic Irish Food Adventure Tour is our very first themed small group tour experience. The custom itinerary navigates every twist and turn of Ireland’s burgeoning food revolution.
This circular tour out of Dublin meets up with the Wild Atlantic Way and the Dingle Peninsula before turning back east to West Cork.
Epic Irish Food Tour Highlights
Foraging on the Cliffs of Moher. Reimagining historic staples of the Irish diet. It's all here for anyone passionate about food who is looking to explore an exciting new cuisine.
- Learn the secrets of the ocean’s superfood on a sea kayaking trip to forage Atlantic seaweed.
- Feast in a genuine Irish castle hotel - then spend the night there!
- Meet innovative food producers and chefs at secret, off-the-beaten path, gourmet destinations.
- Crack open fresh oysters and lobster in sight of the pier where it was landed.
- Savour the world’s creamiest milk and best artisan cheeses from grass-fed cows. Ireland has an ancient tradition in dairy. Butter making was first introduced by the Celts in the 2nd century BC.
- Taste the fruits of a female craft brewer's labour at her family's century-old pub near Dingle.
- Enjoy locally-sourced feasts including gourmet ingredients such as:
- Durrus and Cashel Blue cheeses;
- Smoked and cured Gubbeen bacon;
- Clonakilty black pudding.
- Imagine prehistoric celebrity chefs and pagan rituals at a Bronze Age monument with a fulacht fia (Think clam bake or luau.)
- Sip mead (the world’s oldest form of alcohol) at a meadery, with the added chance to taste heritage Irish honeys.
- Explore Ireland’s hidden foodie haven for seafood, pub grub and craic (fun and entertainment).
- Toast your food odyssey with an Irish coffee like no other - brewed on the beach with your bare feet in crashing waves.
New Irish Flavours to Discover
You (probably) won't have tasted these Irish foods before...
Pudding – No, it’s not dessert! Served with a cooked Irish breakfast, it’s a pork, herb and oat sausage with black and white versions (black is made with blood).
Elderflower – A hedgerow shrub used as a sweet cordial.
Drisheen – A tripe dish made of sheep's intestines filled with meal and blood.
Scones – Did you know that you can (generally) discern the religion of an Irishman by the way he pronounces this one little word? sk-own for Catholic, skon for Protestant.
Blaa – A fluffy white (blanc) baked roll, intrinsically linked with Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, and local French Huguenot influence.
Colcannon – A Halloween mix of mashed potato, cream or milk, kale and onion.
“The Epic Irish Food Adventure opens a window to Ireland’s recent food renaissance. After years of underappreciation, local Irish produce has come to the fore, mixing with international influences to produce a distinctively Irish modern cuisine,” says Rob Rankin, Managing Director.
The two 2019 departures are June 16 and September 8. The per person double rate is €1,999 (single supplement €315). Guests are free to choose on-own lunches and dinners. Dublin is the gateway city. Guests will travel in a rugged Mercedes-Benz VagaTron 4x4 mini-coach.
More About Us
Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland offers two styles of culturally immersive travel.
Vagabond Adventure Tours are for active travellers who want to mix up hiking, kayaking and biking and other outdoor adventures with history, culture, dining and shopping.
Driftwood Journeys of Discovery follow similar itineraries but at an intimate and in-depth looking and lingering pace, without all the physical exertion.
On all of our tours, our VagaGuide tour guides curate locally owned accommodations, pubs and restaurants to help serve our central goal...
We want you to love Ireland as much as we do!