Taste the Vales

Taste the Vales

We all know that the Munster Vales have a fabulous variety of home grown, locally produced, beautifully presented food and thought it was time to link these brilliant producers so that you don’t miss out. We’ve worked with local producers and providers to develop a unique Taste the Vales Food Trail to get you on your way.

Podcast

Liam Geraghty is an award-winning audio producer of podcasts and radio. He recently visited the Munster Vales and met the locals. He has created this podcast as a starter pack for you the visitor, we hope that you enjoy!

Foodtrails and a taste of the Vales

We all know that the Munster Vales have a fabulous variety of home grown, locally produced, beautifully presented food and thought it was time to link these brilliant producers so that you don’t miss out.

We’ve worked with local producers and providers to develop a unique Taste the Vales Food Trail to get you on your way.

Taste the Vales

Whatever kind of food day you’re feeling, there is something for everyone along the Munster Vales Food Trails. There are plenty of options to attract all palates and all budgets to give everyone a real taste of the Munster Vales.

From artisan coffees and melt in your mouth pastries, nourishing soups and stonking stews, local cheeses and Michelin starred dishes, the trail takes you on a real foodie journey around this stunning area of Ireland.

Geta grip on local produce

Ifyou want to get your hands dirty and get a grip on how local produceis made, make sure you swing by the AppleFarmin Cahir where you can pick your own fruit and refresh with one oftheir delicious apple juices or ciders made on site from their ownapples. If cheese is your thing, you won’t want to go past CashelBlue Cheesefor a tour and some tasters. For the meat eaters, set yourself up inthe exquisite BallinwillinHousein Mitchelstown and try out their organic venison and wild boarpartnered with wine from the owners’ famous Chateau MulcahyHungarian vineyard. And for a bit of overnight luxury and the bestof local farm to fork produce, look out for BallyvolaneHousein Castlelyons and Mallow’s LonguevilleHouse.We especially recommend checking out the brilliantly named Bertha’sRevenge gin!

Quickbites and coffees that hit the spot

Popinto TheKeepin Cahir to stockup on their slabs of carmel slices, mouth watering brownies andmassive muffins to keep your energy levels up washed down with one oftheir speciality coffees. If you’re in Cork, Lyla’sKitchenin Buttevant will sort you out with some great home baking and tastyhot drinks. And if you’re looking for something different inWaterford, Barons’Bakerygives their bread that extra edge by baking them in Scotch BrickOvens. Take a trip to Hotel Minella and visit Fodar where you can enjoy some tasty treats and yummy coffee open from 12-8pm daily.

Readyfor lunch

There’splenty of reasons to head for Fethard and DooksFine Food’sis most certainly one of them. For a warming stew or a quirky sausageroll, it’s worth planning ahead to make sure this is on your agendafor lunch. Or breakfast. Or dinner... And for creamy fish pies orfresh falafels, your go to is the LavaRockin Cahir.

Limerick’sdelightful Spruce& Willowwill stock you up on healthy soups, noodles and breads with greatvegan options. And in Cork TownhouseDoneraile,with old world charm and food to write home about, you can pick up ahearty blend of local meats with flatbreads and focaccias, andhomemade tarts and soups. If you’re spending time in Waterford,CaféBlisswill give you the perfect options of fresh soup, sandwiches and saladwith a mouth watering twist.


Astarring role

Ifyou’re looking for Michelin starred levels of foodie pleasure,we’ve got you covered. Start off in Cashel at the Michelin starredChezHans and Café Hansfor leisurely brunches and lunches, swing by Limerick’s DeebertHouse Hotelfor the whole classy experience or treat yourself to the eliteelegance of LonguevilleHousewhich prides itself on setting the bar for self sufficiency when itcomes to produce.

Takea picnic

Manyof the country houses, cafes and restaurants around the Munster Valeslike Pralinein Cork will set you up with a picnic or afternoon tea, and there areplenty of perfect little spots to spread out your booty and get stuckinto some delicious food at your own pace. We suggest:

  • Mount Congreve’s stunning gardens and walks, just off the Waterford Greenway with views over the River Suir
  • Waterford’s outdoor museum of geological records at the Copper Coast Geopark offers a range of trails for everyone from family groups to adventure seekers
  • Roaming around the gardens and setting the kids a challenge at Mallow Castl
  • Spending time at Lough Gur Heritage Centre to view Ireland’s largest stone circle and the spring fed lake – an important archeological site.

So all you need to do is grab your map and get on your way to a bellyful of tasty food!