According to research done by Failte Ireland, many visitors feel let down by the Irish food that they so looked forward to. In fact, the Irish Independent claims that “tourists find our food unsophisticated and lacking in local flavour.”

It’s not the ingredients themselves that bother the tourists; most of the time, they know that the meat and dairy are top of the line, according to the Independent.

That’s why Tony Lenehan, Head of Hospitality at the tourism body, suggests that every eating establishment should make an effort to “have at least one local dish on their menu, showcasing what’s produced nearby...”

According to Lehehan, tourists like the small-town feel of supporting the neighbors and eating the signature dish of an area, and it would help if restaurants featured a local production, such as a meat or specific type of cheese.



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