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Come Have a Taste of Carlow!

Want to know a really cool secret? Cork isn’t the only fabulous Irish food county! (Don’t tell Cork-man Liam!)  Yep, Ireland has a new rising star starting with C, and it’s county Carlow!  I know, I know; Carlow has been one of those Irish counties that people tend to forget about.  But as more and more folk are discovering, Carlow isn’t just home to outdoor adventure, walking festivals and historic sites, it is a tasty county, too!

Step House Carlow, dessert

Step House Carlow, dessert

Irish Chef of the Year

Did you know that the Irish Chef of the Year 2013 is busy at work creating fantastic meals for you in county Carlow? Alan Foley, the prestigious McKenna’s Guides ‘Chef of the Year’ is Head Chef at the Step House in Borris, county Carlow. In fact there are several tasty reasons to visit Carlow, and on 31 August 2014 you can sample several of them all in one place: Taste of Carlow.

Experience Great Taste in one Handy Place

Come meet, learn from, taste, and smell the produce of the many artisan food producers & chefs whose passion and commitment are making Carlow an up-and-coming food destination! Taste of Carlow is a free celebration of local food, food producers, chefs, and craftspeople. There will be food demonstrations, tasting menus, a foraging walk, music, and plenty of family fun.

Artisan food stalls to choose from will include cheeses, juices, jams, chutneys, crepes, beverages, home baking, fresh meat, organic fruit & vegetables, organic home -made burgers & chips, ice cream, and mouth watering chocolates. Enjoy having your lunch on the scenic banks of the gentle River Barrow, then work some of it off with bungee trampolining, kite flying, face painting, water activities and musical/family entertainment.

Some of the Demonstrations Include:

Cheese making by Tom Burgess of Coolattin Cheddar.

Carlow Bee Keepers Association will give an insight into the fascinating world of honey.

Fiona Dillon author of Food from an Irish GardenDympna MaherHealing Herbs and Alan Foley head chef of Step House, Borris will each provide insights into the delights of good cooking and healthy foods.

Step House Carlow local grown pumpkin soup

Step House Carlow local grown pumpkin soup

Paul Stock from SMOQUE  Restaurant and Tapas will provide mouth watering Tapas Carlow Style.

Imelda Byrne from the ICA Bootcamp will also be in attendance.

River demonstrations will be given by Carlow Sub Aqua, Carlow Rowing Club, and Civil Defence.

Meet Local Craftspeople & Artists

A Taste of Carlow is the perfect opportunity to meet local artists and craftspeople who have created a wealth of beautiful and collectible pieces in both traditional & contemporary designs. Carlow enjoys an abundance of original hand-made crafts; ceramics and knitwear, hand crafted enamels, art, jewelry, embroidery and hand-made cards– the craft fair is guaranteed to appeal.

Play by the River

Carlow Town Park is immediately adjacent to the Taste of Carlow festival, and is wonderful amenity for all the family which features a safe and secure children’s playground. Other activities for the little ones at Taste  include a craft area, bouncy castle and  bungee trampoline.

Tour Carlow Gems – Online!

If you can’t make it to this Taste of Carlow day, never fear—as well as a second Taste on 30 November, there is a social media hashtag you can follow: #TasteCarlow. On this hashtag, in addition to the Festival, a group of bloggers will be sharing photos of other Carlow gems– the romantic Duckett’s Grove, the peak of the Blackstairs Mountains, & the haunted Hunting Castle.  Keep an eye on the #TasteCarlow hashtag on Twitter, and have a look for it on Instagram as well. And if you are at the festival, share YOUR photos using the #TasteCarlow, too! The more the merrier 🙂

Hope to see you in Carlow, and/or online!

Taste of Carlow is free admission, and free parking is available.

For more information visit www.carlowtourism.com – also mark your calendar for the Carlow Walking Festival 3-5 October 2014; more on the website.

Taste of Carlow - Sunday 31st August

Taste of Carlow – Sunday 31st August

Susan Fitzgerald visited Ireland in 1995 and completely lost her heart to it. She returned to the States, sold all her belongings, and moved to Ireland! Still in ireland and loving it 20 years later, she now shares her tips & photos on Ireland (and other special places to visit) over on http://vibrantireland.com. You can also follow Vibrant Ireland on Facebook and Twitter at @VibrantIreland. Feel free to ask her any questions you may have about your visit!


  1. Carlow is lovely, I live in Co Laois but Carlow is in my address so I always describe myself as being from Carlow. Was told off once on the radio for doing so!!
    I’m one of those bloggers and I don’t know what I’m looking forward to most – I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the cheese making.

    • Hey Lorna
      Looking forward to seeing/hearing more about the event. I’m sure yourself, Susan and the others will have some photos to share 🙂

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