Meet the Maker

The Ultimate Guided Food and Drink Trail

Taste the Island is all about experiencing all aspects of food, from farm to plate. As part of that, there are plenty of events where you can meet the makers of these wonderful foods. Here I have prepared a guide to some of the amazing events taking place right now until the end of November!

You’ll gain insights and experience how your favourite treats are made, and meeting the faces behind the foods you get to taste. Not only is it an enjoyable day out for the family or a group of friends, especially if you’re into your food and drink and like to learn all about local produce from the island, but it’s also very insightful and a great way to even taste new flavors.

Wicklow Way Winery

First on the list is the Wicklow Way Winery to learn all about Móinéir, Ireland’s first and only premium berry wines. You’ll hear from Pamela and Brett about how they’ve built on old traditions to create award-winning Irish Strawberry, Blackberry and Raspberry Wines. Quite an achievement, eh?!

There are also stops in Wicklow Wolf Brewery, so you can taste test a range of craft beers, and enjoy a spot of socializing with the group as well. Plus you’ll be heading to Powerscourt Distillery, situated against the backdrop of the Great Sugarloaf Mountain, so you’ll have not only divine flavors and experiences but hard-to-beat views as well!

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DK Oyster Experience

The farm is one of the oldest oyster farms in Ireland dating back to 1893. Oysters take their taste from the bay they are grown in, giving them a unique flavor to their region. In this experience, you will visit an oyster farm—one of the oldest in the country—and see how oysters have been grown for centuries in the crystal cold waters here.

Join the hosts on the farm tour and see how oysters are grown over a three-year period from seed to plate. As part of the tour enjoy the taste of a Connemara Oyster fresh from the waters of Ballinakill Bay.

Our extended tours during Spring tides are special and include a walk on the seashore to the oyster beds.

They are a working farm and part of the guided tour is conducted outside, however, they can also deliver the tour indoors in the grading shed.

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Hand Crafted Irish Goats Cheese Experience

Join a tour guide on a personal guided tour of St Tola Irish Goat Cheese farm.

They invite you to come and get up close with our friendly nanny goats and experience a cuddle and a photo with our beautiful, gentle kids. Your guide will explain to you the history and culture of cheesemaking in Ireland, the importance of sustainable farming and the nutritional benefits of goat milk products.

You will finish with a simple cheesemaking demonstration showing the process from milk to finished cheese and of course, a full tasting of our award-winning artisan goat milk cheeses from the St Tola range. You will also get a chance to visit our ÉCONOMUSÉE visitor center and shop where visitors get to see and interact with many things connected with farming and cheesemaking.

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Burren Gold Cheese Experience @ Aillwee

Aillwee Farmshop, in the heart of the Burren, is where we have been making cheese since 1985.

Taste your way through our Semi-soft Burren Gold Goudas, from 6 months old to our exquisite, mature 1 and 2-year-old cheeses. They will take you through the process with an emphasis on quality local milk and natural ingredients. Included also are samplings of Mead from Bunratty, Burren Wildflower Honey and finish off with our legendary Homemade Fudge.

Glen Keen ‘Life on the Wild Atlantic Way’

‘Life on the Wild Atlantic Way’, a celebration of yesterday’s Ireland, includes an immersive Sheepdog herding display where the visitors will learn the verbal and whistle commands to instruct the farm dogs to round up and pen the sheep. This is followed by a detailed introduction into the breed of mountain sheep, uses for wool, animal marking systems and our border collie dog training program.

Guests will be treated to the passionate stories of sheep farming in the area, stories & secrets passed on over the 7 generations at Glen Keen! Afterward, the visitors will enjoy a fresh brew of tea & coffee served with our traditional home-baked scones, a dollop of fresh cream & farmhouse jam, all in the shadow of Connaught’s tallest peak, Mweelrea (the bald king)!

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Glen Keen ‘Life on the Wild Atlantic Way’

A Wild Kitchen Experience is a celebration of Wild Food, Locally Sourced Produce, and Creative Cooking. An immersion into the great outdoors through Food and Nature.

Meet Oonagh, an Organic Horticulture tutor, wild food cook, and educator who shares her wealth of knowledge to create a fully immersive Wild Food experience in the great outdoors, along the Wild Atlantic Way. Guests get together to walk, taste and learn about Wild Food and it’s many uses. Guests hear about the historical, cultural and culinary uses of seaweed and discover the deep flavors of these nutrient-dense wild foods.

Guests visit a secret beach where they learn how to harvest sustainably 14 different seaweeds and wild coastal plants.

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Meet the Makers is an unbeatable way to hear about and try first-hand some of the unique products created in this part of the island, and getting to “meet the makers” makes it all the more special and brings to life the skill involved in what we create here.

Certainly an event for the books!

For a full list of events going on make sure to check out the taste the island website here! 

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