It has beaten the competition and proved itself to be an excellent leader as a foodie destination. From bustling farmers’ markets to innovative strategies for growth and development, this foodie destination was deemed to have set the benchmark for food tourism in Ireland.
“What made The Burren stand out as exemplary was the comprehensiveness of their food offering from field – or in their case, fertile rock – through to fork,” commented Irish Food Writers Guild Chairperson Aoife Carrigy, “Food-loving tourists to The Burren are in for an intriguing treat.”
The winner was announced at a private event in Fallon & Byrne, Dublin, where representatives from each final destination attended. RAI President Anthony Gray presented the Newbridge Silver-framed platter to elated Burren representatives.
The runner-up was Derry.
“The Burren has done something that, 10 years ago, few would have thought possible,” explained one of the judges Pól Ó Conghaile, Travel Editor of The Independent and independent.ie, “It has turned what was once thought of as a desolate National Park into a thriving foodie destination. Any town, community or region interested in developing their food product should take a field-trip as soon as they can. The Burren really is now best practice”.
Along with the winner and runner-up the remaining finalists included:
- Boyne Valley
- Loop Head Peninsula