A Food Walking Tour in Dublin

Ireland is mostly known for potatoes and Guinness so when I visited Dublin recently I was excited to take a food walking tour and taste some of their other great foods. I went on the “Dublin Tasting Trail” tour with Fabulous Food Trails who offer several food and walking tours in cities around Ireland.

Our small group of 12-14 people met on a main street in the city, conveniently just around the corner from my hotel. We were each given napkins and a bottle of water and were off to our first tasting at the Sheridans Cheesemongers just off of the popular pedestrian only street Grafton Street.

Walking in the door we were hit in the face with a overwhelmingly strong smell of the many different cheeses covering every inch of the small shop. We squeezed into the back, learned a bit about Irish cheese and  got to taste some of their very best.

Irish Ardrahan cheese - A Food Walking Tour in Dublin

Irish Ardrahan cheese

From there we learned a bit about the city’s history and some facts like St Patrick’s Day weekend (when I was there) is typically potato planting weekend at the beginning of the growing season in the country. I also learned that before the famine over 50% of the population were dependant on the potato as a staple food, partly why the famine was so disasterous. Next we learned some more history as we stepped into the Powerscourt Centre, now a small mall, it is home to cafes and boutique shops. Originally a Georgian house, it was said to be one of the finest mansions in the city.

old chandelier at powerscourt town centre - A Food Walking Tour in Dublin

An original chandelier still hangs in the now converted mansion.

pepperpot salmon and cream cheese bagel - A Food Walking Tour in Dublin

Salmon and chive cream cheese bagels from the Pepperpot Cafe

While in Powerscourt we got to sample these delicious freshly baked bagels with salmon and chive cream cheese. Yes they do taste as good as they look and maybe even a bit better.

Lolly and Cooks George Street Arcade - A Food Walking Tour in Dublin

Lolly and Cooks George Street Arcade 

I won’t give away the whole tour however we covered a lot of ground on the two hour and a half hour tour. We also visited the George Street Arcade which had various shops, places to eat and flea market type stalls. This is where we also got to try another Dublin treat called savage sausage roll.

savage sausage - A Food Walking Tour in Dublin

A savage sausage roll.

Sausage wrapped in a philo type pastry with mustard seeds and possibly chunks of onions and apples, we sampled just a taste and it was really quite good.

pastrami gargonzola tomato brown soda bread - A Food Walking Tour in DublinTours in Dublin

A sample of  pastrami, gorgonzola, and tomato spread on brown soda bread at the Fallon and Burn grocery store.

Rose and raspberry ganache chocolates - A Food Walking Tour in Dublin

Some rose and raspberry ganache chocolate samples at Cocoa Atelier.

Swan Pub Powers gold label Whiskey - A Food Walking Tour in Dublin

We also swung by the Swan Pub, 1 of 12 Victorian style pubs left in the city where we sampled some Powers Gold Label 12 year old Irish Whiskey.

Our last stop of the tour was probably my favourite as we finished at in the Temple Bar market and I LOVE markets. The last thing we got to eat was fresh oysters so fresh there was a guy literally shucking them in the corner of the tent in the courtyard of the market.

fresh shucked oysters the oyster temple bar - Fabulous Food Trail Tours in Dublin-2

I’m not a “huge” oyster fan because the texture kind of throws me off but I tried one and they were delicious. I squeezed on some lemon, added a small spoonful of pickled red onion balsamic. Washed down with a small glass of white wine it was pretty great.

locals at the temple oyster bar - Fabulous Food Trail Tours in Dublin

Also a good sign that the oysters are some of the best in town was the many locals enjoying the tasty molluscs as well.

the temple oyster bar oysters - Fabulous Food Trail Tours in Dublin

The presentation was awesome too.

My guide Eveleen was friendly and very knowledgeable about the local food scene and everything Dublin. You could tell that she also really made an effort to get to know each person in the group. It really showed her passion for her job.

If you happen to find yourself in Dublin soon, by all means DEFINITELY visit the Guinness Storehouse, have some potatoes at dinner but also do something like take a food tour and try some of the awesome food that is available in the city.

Special thanks to Tourism Ireland for hosting me on this trip. As always all opinions and views expressed are my own.

14 Comments

  • Reply
    Jen Seligmann
    May 21, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I love the sound of this tour. Definitely something I could enjoy. Will be adding this to my future Ireland travel plans.

    • Reply
      Cailin
      May 22, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Any food tour is a good tour in my books :)

  • Reply
    Tourireland
    May 20, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Such great places to visit and even though I am a Dubliner, I most definitely need to check out this tour!!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      May 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      It bet it would be a refreshing way to see your hometown from a different angle :)

  • Reply
    Adam @ Round the World we go
    May 20, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Food is my weakness, that sausage roll is talking to me! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Reply
      Cailin
      May 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      haha It was nice and hot too! I wanted more but needed to save room!

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    Anna @ The Blonde Banana
    May 20, 2014 at 12:40 am

    When I went to Cork, I was surprised by how great all the food was! I definitely didn’t expect it. I haven’t been to Dublin but a food tour sounds delicious :)

    • Reply
      Cailin
      May 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      How do you end up in Cork but not visit Dublin? You must go back! :)

  • Reply
    Alouise
    May 19, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Food tours are the best – you get to eat, try local foods, and see a city, what’s not to love? This one in Dublin looks great.

    • Reply
      Cailin
      May 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Yes I love food tours too! I went on my first one a couple of years ago in Seattle and now I try to do them everywhere I visit. I’ve done about 3 in New York now and have even gone on one in Puerto Rico :)

  • Reply
    Andrea
    May 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    It all looks so wonderful! That cheese looks so decadent :)

    • Reply
      Cailin
      May 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      It was very smelly cheese! But quite tasty! :)

  • Reply
    Rachel of Hippie in Heels
    May 19, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    That all sounds pretty good! I had decent, but not great food, while in Dublin- I should have read this first.

    • Reply
      Cailin
      May 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Oh man you definitely missed out. I have another post coming out soon too about an AMAZING restaurant that I ate there as well called “Fade Street Social. I had some really great food there.

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