October is Irish Food and Drink Month – here’s why it matters

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Irish Food and Drink Month has officially kicked off, with 140 locations across the country.

You don’t have to be a finance minister to notice that the hospitality industry is currently under tremendous pressure. In fact, it would probably be handy if he noticed it a bit more, to be honest. As commodity and energy prices continue to soar, businesses are struggling to stay afloat and we are unfortunately seeing more closures than we have in a long, long time.

That’s why now couldn’t be a better time to get involved in Irish Food and Drink Month. A celebration of Irish hospitality and produce is more relevant than ever and thankfully it’s not hard to do. As the Irish Food and Drink Month team point out, pride in Irish cuisine has never been stronger. Across Ireland, you’ll find Irish produce front and center in most restaurants – West Cork cheeses, wild Atlantic oysters, carefully distilled whiskeys – it’s a foodie’s dream to see these ingredients ticked on a menu.

Pizza “Meat Me in Inchicore” from Rascal’s Brewery, Dublin 8

If you want to take this opportunity to taste the best of Ireland’s best meat, fish, farm produce and cheese, here’s how –

The Irish Food and Drink Month team is working with 18 different Irish drink brands across many sectors for this project. Throughout September, all licensed bars, restaurants or hotels were able to join for free and to get involved they had to create and sell a signature Irish food and drink pairing for the month of September. october. Here is an example of some of the pairings:

  • Irish lobster with Irish Pilsner from the Seafood Café in Temple Bar or Irish lobster cooked and served with Irish whiskey from King Sitric in Howth.
  • Pizzas made with Irish charcuterie and cheeses and served with Dublin ales at Rascal’s HQ and The Circular at Rialto.
  • Irish scallops accompanied by a local lager from Mimosa Bar de Tapas in Carlow and Irish scallops accompanied by an Irish Whiskey Sour cocktail from Sole in Dublin.
  • Cork ciders paired with cork molds at Casey’s of Baltimore.
  • Irish Apple Ice Wine served with Irish cheese in the 2 Michelin star Aimsir in Kildare.
  • Wild Irish game accompanied by Irish mead from Rare 1784 in Kinsale.
  • Irish Espresso Martinis paired with desserts from places like Camden Bites & Brews.
  • Burgers and steaks paired with pale ales and porters from Dash Burger and Bull & Castle.

Get involved by finding the nearest participating venue and celebrate the best of Irish food and drink. A full list of locations, sorted county by county, is available HERE.

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