Part of the All-Ireland 12-week celebration of Ireland's incredible food and drink cultures, Taste the Island, County Wexford has lined up an incredible calendar of events.
Taste the Island is an all-island showcase and celebration of the world-class food and drink found across the island of Ireland. Visitors, both domestic and overseas, will have access to a bountiful calendar of authentic food and drink events and experiences during the 12-week celebration which takes place in September, October and November.
Explore the incredible food and drink culture of Ireland through locally inspired dishes and ingredients; touring distilleries and breweries; enjoying traditional hands-on experiences; discovering food trails and food festivals; visiting food-producing farms and meeting the makers behind the world-class food and drink.
Taste Wexford is the experiential side of Wexford’s food and drinks offering and we are delighted to be at the forefront of this international campaign.
County Wexford boasts amazing landscapes from coastal and mountainous to lush green meadows and forestry. Located in the cornerstone of Ireland’s Ancient East, Wexford is known for its exceptional farming and culinary heritage dating back thousands of years and is therefore known as the Model county.
In recent years, local Wexford food producers, farmers, and brewers have opened their farm gates and kitchen doors to allow you to enjoy the authentic experience of meeting the maker. You are warmly welcomed and invited to get hands-on by meeting the animals, joining a workshop or touring the brewery, and most importantly sampling the end product.
Taste the Island is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to experience everything that is special and unique about our world-class food and drink culture. So, be sure to check out the calendar of events, grab some friends and family and make memories to cherish for a lifetime through immersive stories, superlative flavors and adventurous food experiences this Autumn.
Taste Wexford has created an incredible calendar of events for Taste the Island with events and experiences such as:
Dark Shadow Supper Club at Loftus Hall - October 17th
Enjoy a private after-hours three-floor tour of Ireland’s most haunted house, Loftus Hall, followed by a decadent meal in the candlelight dining room.
Let Seanacai and Celtic Witch Lorraine of Gallivanting Tours guide you through Ireland’s most haunted house, Loftus Hall. The guided tour starts on the ground flour where you will receive a welcome Jackford Gin on arrival. You will then move on from the beautifully tiled reception area and immerse yourself in the rest of the tour which includes the famous Card Room and Room 13.
Lorraine will then lead the tour to the Dining Hall where you will enjoy a decadent supper prepared with the best of local Wexford ingredients while also enjoying Wexford Craft Beer and goblets of wine.
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Wilton Castle Celebration of Fruit, Nuts & Berries - Oct 27
A celebration of Samhain, the end of the harvest season.
This harvest celebration will take place in Wilton Castle, one of Ireland’s hidden gems nestled in a farming valley just outside Enniscorthy town. The celebration will begin under torched lights on the banks of the Boro River with a warm autumnal drink from Anthony O’Toole, a chef and one of Ireland’s Food Champions, and stories from Lorraine O’Dwyer, an enchanting storyteller from Wexford. Then, a long table candlelit feast will take place inside the castle celebrating the bounty of autumn.
- Warm apple punch and autumnal snacks on arrival.
- Storytelling with Celtic Witch and Seanacai, Lorraine O’Dwyer.
- Long table feast of autumnal dishes and ingredients from the final harvest: Regan Organic pork, winter vegetables, fruit, nuts, berries, cheese.
- Bean & Goose chocolate sharing slab with a warming tipple.
- Seasonal drinks: Wexford’s Clever Man beer, autumnal berry cordial, white and red wine.
Why not add a night of luxury accommodation to make this Taste the Island event a truly special and memorable occasion. Spend a night in one of Wilton Castle’s timelessly luxurious suites, each with their own kitchen, living room and fireplace.
Sunset Experience at Hook Lighthouse - Nov 2
Watch the sunset from the balcony of the tower at the World’s oldest, original operating Lighthouse.
The experience includes a welcome coattail or tea/coffee on arrival. You then get to set out on a guided tour of Hook Lighthouse where you will reach the tower to witness the spectacular sunset. Once the sun has set, return to the watch room where you will get to enjoy some delicious Wexford canapés and more delicious cocktails.
With many more celebratory fringe events happening across the Model county.
Full details on each of these events and tickets are available on Taste Wexford Taste the Island Events.