Mayo: Delicious dining along the Wild Atlantic Way

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There has seen a huge shift in attitudes and awareness amongst the Irish towards food. Traditional flavours and products are being rediscovered and people are being drawn towards locally-produced natural and wholesome foods.

At the heartbeat of the Wild Atlantic Way lies Co Mayo, a very special place with over 1,230km of rugged coastline, clean waters, magnificent scenery and untamed wildness, with great food and hospitality at its core.

Premium quality, hand-made, natural, wholesome, organic, artisan and delicious are words that come to mind when describing the food products that are produced in the county from artisan producer to large scale food industries.

Over seventy producers have been identified around the county with products ranging across the spectrum including

  • seafood,
  • sausages,
  • meats,
  • farmhouse cheese and butter,
  • pesto,
  • sea salt,
  • hedgerow-infused vinegar,
  • chocolate,
  • nougat,
  • natural still, sparkling and flavoured waters
  • and craft beers

to name just a few. And many have won awards for quality, taste and flavour.

The link between the food and tourism sectors is strong and food has become an integral part of several initiatives and events for visitors.

The Gourmet Greenway, a food trail along the Great Western Greenway (42km walking and cycling route between Westport and Achill Island), was created by Mulranny Park Hotel and local food producers to showcase the area’s artisan foods. Food producers also have a strong presence at festivals such as Feile na Tuaithe at Turlough House and the Westport Festival of Food and Music.

Food provenance is also important factor for consumers. This is partly an expectation that local food is fresher, but shoppers are also increasingly keen to support local producers.

Communities in Mayo are supporting and promoting the food sector with many shops stocking and hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars offering local produce. Groups such as Slow Food Mayo and Chefs of Mayo also help to shine a new light on the great things being delivered to dining tables across Mayo.

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