When it comes to food Italy has pasta, Spain paella, America has burgers and France has escargot. So what about Ireland?
Aside from Irish stew (which has always been a hit), our island’s food hasn’t exactly been famous throughout the world. Now, though, the island’s smartest eateries and best chefs are rediscovering Ireland’s culinary heritage, with respected artisan producers are turning out everything from award-winning black (blood) pudding (Kanturks) to acclaimed raw milk cheese (Durrus).
The result? Irish produce is hitting the shelves in some of the world’s most salubrious delis and department stores (Dean & Delucca in United States), and a wave of Irish chefs are reawakening traditional recipes.
Foods that have been ignored for years are being revived and served up in hip cafés and restaurants all over the island, with regional specialities.
You can try a “blaa” (a soft white roll) in Waterford; tuck into an Ulster fry for breakfast in Belfast; snack on dulse (salty seaweed) in coastal areas; or discover your adventurous side with some fried Lough Neagh eel. Then there’s soda bread, potato farls, Irish stew, crab claws and seafood chowder. And that’s not forgetting the potato…
The Eagle’s nest in Skibbereen is at the centre of an area and coastline famed for its artisan food from the land and the sea. The Festival, which takes place in and around Skibbereen, West Cork, brings together a unique mix of food markets and demonstrations, cookery competitions, special dinners, brunches and banquets, food-tastings, talks, exhibitions, children’s events, guided walks, boat tours and some great live music!
West Cork is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland, if not one of the most special places in the world! West Cork is seen both nationally, and internationally, as a very desirable place to visit where one can expect to experience the very best of good food, discover unique art and craft treasures and meet the most interesting of people, all set in a magnificent environment.
So, let The Eagle know about your favourite Irish food experience in the comments box below!