The Tipperary Food Producers, a network of Tipperary’s artisan food and beverage producers established in 2008, has announced details of a Summer Food Tour series in conjunction with Tipperary Tourism.

The series will see producers open their doors to the public offering a unique insight into the creation of their products.

The initiative will allow locals and tourists alike to visit the homes and farms of some of Tipperary’s food producers, experiencing the day to day life of a food producer and the processes involved in creating quality food and drink.

Seven producers are taking part for individual or group tours in line with COVID- 9 regulations at the time of visiting. The tours will cover everything from beekeeping to cheese making, and will include tasting some of the products.

Each producer will run their own tours, offering options to suit everyone. The seven producers involved are; Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers, Magners Farm, Galtee Honey, The Apple Farm, Brookfield Farm, Crossogue Preserves and Blackcastle Farm.

Con Traas, Chairman of the Tipperary Food Producers, and owner of The Apple Farm, said: “We’re lucky to be surrounded by a host of food producers here in Tipperary and we’re delighted to announce details of our Summer Food Tours in conjunction with Tipperary Tourism. The past year has certainly seen an increased appreciation for local, homegrown produce and the food tours are a fantastic way for the public to take a closer look at the origin of these artisan products.”

Elizabeth Nallen Bowen, Chairperson of Tipperary Tourism and Managing Director of Hotel Minella, said: “We are really looking forward to opening our doors to guests in June and the Tipperary Food Tours are a fantastic initiative to allow guest the opportunity to learn more about where we source our local produce from which is very important to us here at Hotel Minella. We are surrounded by a vibrant community of artisan food producers and the food tours give a fantastic insight into the process, integrity and care that is dedicated to creating these world-renowned products on our doorstep.”

For further information on the Tipperary Summer Food Tours visit www.tipperaryfoodproducers.ie/food-tours/. Pre-booking is essential and dates are limited at certain venues.

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