We invite you to join us & get involved in our Burren food story. We are passionate about our food, growing and producing it locally for you to enjoy. 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. You can 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. We are proud winners of the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) 2015 – Tourism and Local Gastronomy and Irish Restaurants Association Foodie Town 2015 title.
Taste The Burren Events
Don’t just visit The Burren, Taste it!
The Burren Food Trail members organise an annual series of events, taking place at unusual locations around the Burren. They are a celebration of local, wild and seasonal produce of the Burren, as well as a chance to meet the producers, mingle with local people and learn about the Burren way of life.
These events focus, not only on food, but also on the landscape that surrounds it. Each individual event represents a unique opportunity to combine good food with real, authentic interaction with the people who produced or prepared it, or indeed with the surrounding landscape, activities and heritage.
The Burren Food Fayre 2021
Food lovers from all over Ireland are in for a treat this autumn, as the Burren Food Fayre is returning for a series of unique food and farm visitor experiences this October bank holiday weekend.
The events, which are organised by the Burren Ecotourism Network, mark its 10th year in operation this year, with a return to in person events. Last year’s event had to be staged virtually.
The events take place between October 23rd and October 24th and coincide with the Burren Winterage Festival that celebrates the ancient custom of out-wintering cattle on the upland areas of the Burren, and which is organised by Burren Beo.
Small groups of visitors will be able to prebook different itineraries, which will take them on a food trail across the length and breadth of the Burren. Five different experiences have been created, featuring a variety of different producers.
These include Burren Gold cheese (produced by Aillwee Cave), St Tola Goat Cheese, Burren Smokehouse and Taste the Atlantic, Flaggy Shore Oysters, Wild Kitchen, Stonecutters Kitchen, Burren Brewery and Burren Distillers as well as a Burren tasting menu at the Cliffs of Moher.
There will also be an opportunity to take part in a diverse range of farm tours, including the Burren Farm Experience in Boston, Linalla Ice Cream and dairy farm in New Quay and Caherconnell Fort and Sheepdog trials in the Burren, all highlighting the distinctive farming practices of the Burren region.
All Burren food experience events are available to book on https://www.eventbrite.com/d/ireland–burren/festivals/
Of if you want to go to one event, please book directly with each of the producers listed to check availability on the day.
Taste the Burren through it’s unique food experiences!
The Burren Slow Food Festival 2021
This year, our Burren Slow Food Festival took place on Facebook from April 29th to May 5th with food producers and chefs taking part in a series of online pairings celebrating the fertile rock of the Burren. Later in the year, the 10th Burren Food Fayre will take place live (we hope!) on October Bank Holiday, which will involve food demonstrations from the producers and chefs of the Burren.
These events are supprted by Clare County Council Festival Funding and by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.