Small Group Tours Operator Endorses UK's Largest Foodie Festival

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The largest celebration of food and drink in the UK just came to a close on August 25, 2014. Jean Moss of Olde Ipswich Tours, a tour operator providing gourmet small group tours of Ireland, Scotland, hopes that the event will help to position the UK as a prime foodie destination.

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A delicious meal in Ireland

Americans don’t tend to think of Scotland or Ireland as countries that cater to foodies, but during the last ten years, trends have changed and this myth has been carefully dispelled.

If you are a foodie and traveling to or live in the UK, you may already know about the UK’s largest summer celebration of food and drink. Jean Moss, owner of small group tours operator Olde Ipswich Tours, was excited about the celebration, which she hopes will bring more attention to some of the underappreciated culinary riches of the UK featured on her small group tours of Ireland and Scotland. Events began in early May at Brighton Hove Lawns and commence at Oxford South Parks on August 23rd, 24th and 25th.

With Michelin starred and top chefs and experts performing in the “theaters,” offering the latest cutting edge advice in master classes, visitors are sure to be tantalized with everything gastro related. The festival includes the best in pop-up restaurants, allowing visitors to sample signature dishes. Additionally, hourly Drinks Master classes are available for connoisseurs to pick the brains of purveyors on hand.

For the aspiring little chef in your family, there is a Children’s Cookery Theater, teaching basic kitchen skills and introducing a variety of flavors to the younger palette. Additionally, a Producers Market offers patrons the ability to peruse and buy locally sourced and grown food from farmers of the region. Guests can also meander over to the Real Ale and Cider Farm to whet their whistle and leisurely consult with experts on hand while taking advantage of the creatively crafted hay bale seating.

With a variety of live entertainment and music, visitors are welcome to pause from their gastronomic feasting and relax on the grassy areas, as they reflect on the variety of tantalizing experiences available.

This is an exhilarating and not to be missed extravaganza for the discerning foodie. A rare opportunity to meet with and learn from the best in the industry, patrons are presented with the latest techniques, products and experiences in the culinary world that are sure to inspire.

As Jean Moss, owner of Olde Ipswich Tours prepares for upcoming small group tours of Ireland and Scotland (August 24 – September 6, 2014 and August 29 - September 12, 2015), she is reflective of the current food trends in the region and says, “There is no doubt in my mind that high quality food is an important ingredient of a successful tour. After twenty years of planning and running small-group gourmet tours throughout Europe, I have a pretty good feel for what people want and where to find it. Americans don’t tend to think of Scotland or Ireland as countries that cater to foodies, but during the last ten years, trends have changed and this myth has been carefully dispelled. On our small group tours of Ireland and Scotland every breakfast is a gourmet feast of menus such as Eggs Benedict with sautéed spinach and smoked salmon. And each evening we dine on local delicacies such as rack of lamb, free range Irish Chicken Kiev with fondant potato and watercress or Scotch Beef Filet with whisky and peppercorn sauce. The Scottish and Irish chefs are aiming to please and are certainly doing something right.”

Whether you are a resident of the UK or a traveler from afar, it is clear this region of the world’s food scene is exploding. The Foodie Festival is a gourmand’s dream and an experience not to be missed.

Olde Ipswich Tours is a small group tours operator based in Ipswich, Massachusetts, specializing in culturally rich, gourmet tours to Europe. For a complete list of upcoming small group tours, or to learn more about Olde Ipswich Tours, visit our site today.

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