Mayo is a food lover’s paradise. Bounty from the sea, the harvest of the land and fruit from the hedgerows provides the best, freshest and most natural ingredients.
Food in Mayo is famously built around simple cooking, using those best ingredients, executed brilliantly.
Mayo is famous for hearty food, which is needed in a county of hills, mountains, and hard workers.
The long tradition of cooking in Mayo can be seen in the large number of fulachta fiadha (cooking sites) to be found all over the county.
In more recent times, the open hearth was the ‘all-in’ cooking apparatus – those who left these shores in the 1950s and 1960s and even before that will well remember the smell of food, wafting out through the chimney and onto the wind as it was cooked on the open fire.
Mayo’s finest local produce includes:
Mayo is experiencing an enormous growth in organic food production - and in small -scale, artisan producers. You will find their products all around the county in local shops and farmers markets.
This tradition connects seamlessly to Mayo’s long-standing model of the small family farm, supporting families and producing fine food through the generations.
Farmers’ markets and artisan shops are multiplying. Check out some of our farmers’ markets here
Of course, Mayo has a rich tradition in brewing and distilling – stout, beer and whiskeys have been produced in Mayo for centuries. That tradition of craft-brewing has burst forth again in recent years. Try something local when you’re around.
The variety and number of places to eat and drink in Mayo has literally mushroomed over the last decade. If it has been a while since you last visited, this change will perhaps surprise you as much as any other. Top-end restaurants, hearty and tasty pub food, tea and hot scones in comfy cafes – Mayo has it all.
Some highlights for food in Mayo:
In addition to these successes, and all across the county, Mayo restaurants, cafes and bars are winning awards and bringing smiles– drop into one when next you’re home.
The Mayo Local Enterprise Board is supporting local food producers and suppliers to develop their businesses. Check out some information about some of their resources and programmes here
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