The Burren is now synonymous with food. Its wealth of award wining, artisan food producers and food providers tempt you with a feast of dining experiences, festivals, events and even a trail celebrating all that is local, seasonable and delicious in the Burren.
The Burren Food Trail has been named the Irish winner of this year’s “European Destination of Excellence – Tourism and Local Gastronomy” (EDEN) award for developing a tourism offering based on their local gastronomy that balances sustaining the local environment with the promotion of viable tourism
Burren Food Trail is more than a listing of quality food establishments in the area – it aims to uncover for you the path that your food takes from field to plate. Members of the trail are passionate about their food, growing and producing it locally for you to enjoy. Decide for yourself how to follow the trail – stop at every point or else dip in and out along the way, according to your taste, interest and location.
The members of the Burren Food Trail are bound by their commitment to building a sustainable future for the region. Each of the featured restaurants offers a Burren Food Trail Signature Dish to savour. Each member has achieved recognised quality awards and standards, and has also signed up to the Burren Food Trail Customer Promise: you will find staff who are knowledgeable about the regional food story, menus which state the source of local produce, information on local food events and markets as well as a commitment to maximise the use of local ingredients in all prepared food.
Burren Food Trail members don’t want you to just visit the Burren…they want you to taste it! Special themed food events taking place every single Monday will help you do just that!
The first of its kind in Ireland, every single Monday from April through to October, a themed food event will take place in locations around the Burren. Burren Food Trail Monday’s focus not only on food, but also on the landscape that surrounds it combining good food with real, authentic interaction with the people who produced or prepared it, or indeed with the surrounding landscape and heritage.
A sample offering of what you can expect on a Burren Food Trail event:
Burren Béilíní and All That Jazz – Kilshanny House’s evening of music with bite size pieces of the Burren
The Mountain Goats Cheese – Guided walk and goats cheese taster
Peddles or Paddles N’ Pig – self guided bike or kayaking tour followed by pig on a stick at the Stonecutters
Summer Solstice Evening at Burren Fine Wine and Food
St Tola Goat Farm Tour, Cheese Tasting and Picnic
An Afternoon of Honey and Herbs at Burren Perfumery
A Taste of the Burren’s Finest Produce at Sheedy’s Hotel and Restaurant
Food Safari & BBQ @ Burren Free Range Pork
Gourmet Salmon & Wine Tasting Evening at the Burren Smokehouse
Kayaking with a Cherry on Top – Paddle across Ballyvaughan Bay for a well-deserved ice-cream treat!
Cliffs of Moher Guided Tour and Picnic
Burren Bed and Breakfast Banquet – at Seaview House B&B
A Taste of the Burren – with Burren Brewery and Kieran’s Kitchen at the Roadside Tavern
The Sea Shore, Shanties and Knot Know How – learn a shanty, tie a knot and taste the food from the sea
The 30 year Story of Burren Gold Cheese at Ailwee Caves
Burren Chocolate Festival – a weekend of chocolate…
Summer Saver Day – spend a day at Doolin Cave
Potager Kitchen garden – plan your own kitchen garden and taste the fruits of your labour
Explore Wild Herbs with Frisky the Goat
A Very Sweet Farm Tour at Café Linnalla
Ballinsheen House Breakfast & Biking Experience
A Burren Tasting – A 7 course tasting menu
‘’Experience a real Wild Kitchen’’ – a sustainably Foraged Food, Cookery Demo and Garden Supper
Afternoon in a Farm Kitchen – at Burren Free Range Pork Farm
Side Steps, Shenanigans and Scrumptious Seafood – entertainment and food at Gus O’Connors pub
The Slow Food Movement is about encouraging people to take the time to enjoy food. The Burren Slow Food Festival celebrates food, promotes local producers and their products, and presents cookery demonstrations by local chefs. The weekend involves an indoor fayre of local food producers with cookery demonstrations and talks. It usually takes place on the third or fourth weekend of May, at the Pavilion in Lisdoonvarna.
Video from 2014 Burren Slow Food Festival with presenter Kehlan Kirwin of The Small Business Show