Pride in Irish food has never been stronger in Ireland’s hospitality sector. Across the country, you’ll find Irish produce taking front and centre of most menus. Local food tastes best when enjoyed with local drinks and Ireland is no exception. Our native drinks pair wonderfully well with Irish meats, fish, farmed produce and cheeses. We want to see those drinks as well loved as the foods they share the same land with. This was our inspiration for rolling out Irish Food & Drink Month.
We are working with a number of different Irish drinks brands across many sectors for this project. Any licensed bar, restaurant or hotel can come on board at no cost and in order to get involved, they have to create and sell a signature Irish food & drink pairing during October. There will be a public vote on Instagram and Facebook for which participating venue has the best Irish food & drink pairing in the country.
For anyone that needs a little inspiration about what kind of Irish food & drink combos to conjure up, have a wee gander at this video here. It features pairings from The Seafood Cafe in Temple Bar, Pitt Bros on Dublin's Georges Street, Bewley's Cafe on Grafton Street and Brewery Corner in Kilkenny.
Getting behind Irish made drinks in the on trade helps to nurture our entire culinary culture and it creates and sustains Irish jobs. We are grateful to Bord Bia and Drinks Ireland for their support and to all the Irish drinks brands who are sponsoring Irish Food & Drink Month. They represent some of Ireland's best breweries, whiskeys, cider makers, gins, vodkas, liqueurs and meads. - O'Hara's - Fercullen Irish Whiskey - Falling Apple - Roe & Co - istil 30 Pot Still Vodka - Rascals - Dublin City Brewing Co - Velvet Cap Irish Whiskey - Kinsale Mead Co - Stillgarden Distillery - Galway Bay Brewery - Writers Tears - Lambay Irish Whiskey - Five Farms - Gunpowder Irish Gin - Powers Irish Whiskey - Killahora Orchards
Photo & video credit: The Bartender Project