There was a time when a culinary adventure in Ireland was thought to begin and end with a few staple foods: namely potatoes, perhaps a bit of meat and bread, washed down, of course, with good beer and an Irish whiskey.
Travelers looked to Ireland as an idyllic place to view gorgeous vistas and learn more about art and history, but food? Not so much. As the old song says, “times they are a changing.” Over the last 20 years, Ireland has become a culinary haven for diners seeking everything from classic country foods to nouveau culinary delights. The tastes and flavors of Ireland now match the unimaginable beauty around every craggy corner of this rich and verdant land. Rent a car while in Kerry and take in one of the world’s most beautiful drives. The Ring of Kerry and Killarney boast beautiful landscapes that are quintessential Ireland, as it has always been. Local musical festivals are the perfect way to learn about a culture and people whose gifts include storytelling and hardscrabble survival.