Bonaventure Tours Announces ‘Flavours of Ireland’ Irish Cuisine Tour

May 13, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Bonaventure Tours Announces ‘Flavours of Ireland’ Irish Cuisine Tour
Bonaventure Tours, based in Vancouver has designed a new self-drive tour to provide travelers with an interest in good fresh food an opportunity to explore some of the many local markets, dining establishments, artisan food producers and cookery schools around Ireland. Ireland produces some of Europe's finest food and today's cooks have developed exquisite menus using fresh homegrown ingredients.

The tour includes two night stays with breakfast daily and one full course dinner
at three charming family country house hotels, and concludes with a “Tasting menu” dinner and overnight at historic Barberstown Castle in Co Kildare. All boast a plethora of awards and four of Ireland’s finest chefs.

The tour begins with 2 wonderful nights at Rathsallagh House. Tucked away in the Wicklow hills, only an hour from Dublin, the O'Flynn family welcome guests to their superb country house hotel, which exudes warmth and hospitality. Ireland is famous for its' home baked bread and here guests are graciously invited to join Kay O’Flynn or chef John Kostuik in the kitchen at Rathsallagh to bake her wonderful Irish brown bread.

The route continues south to Dunbrody House in County Wexford. Set in 200 acres of beautiful parkland, Dunbrody Country House Hotel is an enchantingly intimate 1830s Georgian manor. Under the care and guidance of Masterchef Kevin Dundon, guests will learn the secrets of producing fine food using only the best of quality Irish ingredients. Points of interest nearby include the Irish National Heritage Park, Dunbrody Emigrant Ship, and Waterford city.

The third stop on the itinerary is Ballymaloe House in Co Cork and a 1/2 day demonstration at the world famous Ballymaloe Cookery School run by Darina Allen. While in the area there is the opportunity to visit the Jameson Whiskey Heritage Centre and the Farmgate Market in Midleton, the English Market and Beamish Brewery in Cork City and Cobh - the port of Cork with its Queenstown Story and Titanic Exhibit.

The last evening in Ireland will be spent at Barberstown Castle, Co. Kildare. Built in the 13th century, the castle is situated only 30 minutes drive from both Dublin and Dublin Airport. En route to Barberstown Castle you could stop at Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone or explore the Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary.

An extension to include Dublin City and its many fine restaurants and food related places of interest can be added to this tour. Tour Prices from $2753 USD per person sharing a twin or double room, depending upon date.

Includes: 7 nights accommodation in twin or double rooms, full Irish breakfast daily, four multi-course Table d'hote dinners, cookery demonstrations, automatic rental car, detailed itinerary, maps and driving routes provided.

For more information and reservations contact Bonaventure Tours, Tel: 1 800 876 5084, or visit