Embrace the Tastes of Northern Ireland with tasty tours you’ll not want to miss all year round
Northern Ireland is popular for its food and drink offering and never-ending new experiences to tantalise your tastebuds.
From scooping World’s Best Food Destination accolades to Michelin Stars in Belfast, our local culinary landscape doesn’t stand still when it comes to food and drink innovation.
This year, there are plenty of tasty events, foodie festivals and quirky gastronomic experiences that you’ll not want to miss on your doorstep across Northern Ireland.
To pique your interest and get you drooling over your next foodie adventure, Discover Northern Ireland has put together a snap-shot of events for your calendar:
- Paddle and Pizza on Strangford Lough, Co Down, throughout 2022
This is most definitely a day out with a difference. You can gobble up guilt free pizza after working up your appetite and burning the calories on stunning Strangford Lough, what more could you ask for? Whether you are a beginner, or well-versed stand-up paddle boarder, you will be taught to master the basics of staying afloat with the help of your instructor Joe, as you take in the scenery around the beautiful Ballymorran Bay. After this, you will take a two-minute stroll to Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen where the aroma of freshly cooked pizzas will welcome you to her cosy home as you get warm and well fed by the wood burning stove. Enjoy homemade pizza prepared by Tracey and Joe in their alfresco pizza oven, along with fresh salads using produce grown in their garden, topped off by a delicious dessert to indulge in. This exciting experience lasts around three hours and will leave you feeling satisfied and eager for more fun. Tickets start from £30pp. https://traceysfarmhousekitchen.com/product/paddleboard-pizzas/
- Foodie City Cycle, Co Londonderry, throughout 2022
Have you been thinking about a city break? Get a taste for the city (quite literally) on Far and Wild’s Foodie City Cycle. If you’ve got an appetite for discovering great food and learning about local culture too, this is the tour for you. On your guided cycle tour, you’ll take in two great, mouth-watering culinary experiences. With a focus on quality local produce, Far and Wild’s culinary partners vary with the seasons. That way you know there are only the freshest, in-season dishes waiting for you at each stop. As a sample taster, Far and Wild have teamed up with Pykes ‘N’ Pommes, 9 Hostages Café, The Legenderry Warehouse No. 1, and The Walled City Brewery but the list doesn’t end there. Between stops, you will be guided through the city and along the River Foyle, all at a leisurely pace. The tour itself spans two hours, allowing you to amble through vibrant streets and let your curiosity wander as you learn about local culture. Your cycle includes a historic view of St. Columb’s Park, a spin through Ebrington Square, over the Peace Bridge and under the Walls into the inner city. Prices start from £40pp. https://farandwild.org/foodie-city-cycle/
- The Enniskillen Taste Experience, Co Fermanagh, throughout 2022
The Enniskillen Taste Experience showcases the culinary delights local businesses have to offer and will enchant customers with a memorable experience, as you are served an array of nibbles, along with a few alcoholic beverages. The popular tour starts at Enniskillen Castle where customers are gently guided around the Island town meeting local producers and suppliers. You can sample Joe the Baker's sour dough, Pat O’Doherty’s famous black bacon, Tickety Moo Ice cream, Boatyard Gin, Sharon’s mouth-watering scones, and even Innishmacsaint beer. Finish on a high at the fantastic 28 At the Hollow where head chef and owner Glen Wheeler produces beautiful food to ensure you leave feeling full and satisfied. Tickets start from £50pp. www.enniskillentasteexperience.com
- Taste and Tours, Belfast, throughout 2022
This is the year to tick the award-winning original Belfast Food Tour off your bucket list. A must for foodies, this tour takes you on a 4-hour fun and food-filled guided walk to some top food and drink spots around Belfast City Centre. Starting in the historic St George’s Market, meet the producers and taste yummy local products, before you head to Belfast City Centre to visit traditional bars, world-class shops and more, eating and drinking some of the best local food and drink along the way. The team also run bespoke gin tours, cocktail tours, brunch tours as well as the Crafty Beer and Street Eats tour. Check them out on their website to ensure you don’t miss out! The tours start from around £55pp. https://tasteandtour.co.uk/
For more information, and to help you build your perfect foodie inspired itinerary, visit www.discovernorthernireland.com.