Normandy Tourism Aim to Bridge the Brexit Gap and Build Upon Shared Heritage with Ireland
Inaugural French Food and Cultural Roadshow to visit Ireland this June Bank Holiday
The director of Normandy Tourism is eager to further bridge the gap that Brexit has created for Ireland and France and strengthen the Norman heritage shared by Ireland’s now closest European neighbours.
Speaking ahead of the arrival of the inaugural Normandy Food Tour to Ireland this June Bank Holiday weekend Michael Dodds says, “We are very excited to take the Normandy Food Tour to Ireland for the very first time, it will be an opportunity for our Norman cousins to enjoy an authentic experience in food, culture and music from the Contentin Peninsula.
In addition, however, we look to Ireland as our closest European neighbour and we recognise the opportunity that Brexit has created. We are looking forward to meeting with stakeholders across Ireland and building cooperation not only in tourism but trade and cultural links and possibly even exploring the possibility of identifying thematic tourism to further showcase the shared experiences of Normandy and Norman Ireland.
We very carefully selected to visit the Cities and towns of Dublin, Waterford and New Ross where Norman heritage runs deep and it will be a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a flavour of this shared heritage during our Food Tour at St. Patrick’s Park in Dublin on Saturday, June 3rd from noon to 7 pm, the historic Cathedral Square in Waterford City on Sunday, June 4th from noon to 7 pm and the Quayside of the Norman town of New Ross town on bank holiday Monday, June 5th from 11 am to 6 pm.”
The Normandy food trucks will arrive en masse to serve up tasty sweet and savoury dishes with tastings on offer at each event. Chez l’Couz marries the finest Normandy beef with creamy camembert and Neufchâtel cheese served up in a soft bun. Grignot’Malin will be serving up traditional French crêpes filled with cheese and more. And who can resist dessert, especially when it’s Caravanille preparing delicious fresh brioches topped with Normandy delicacies.
A Normandy Sweet Treats Tasting will also be on offer with Cara-Meuh, La Maison Du Biscuit cakes, Jeannette Madeleines, Caramel De Pommes Dieppois apple spread and more. If cheese is your preferred option then the best of the world is in store for you, with a cheese tasting ticking off the classics like Camembert, Neufchatel and Isigny Mimolette, crowned the best cheese in the world this year! Visitors will also have the opportunity to bring some home, thanks to cheese vendor La Dégusterie.
Traditional brews will also be on offer and visitors can enjoy a cider-tasting experience with Cidrerie de la Brique where visitors can journey from the traditional methods through to styles defining the future. Or why not get into the Bank Holiday spirit and chance a Calvados tasting Chateau du Breuil and Busnel apple brandies. La Mont Vinette, a bar in a vintage caravan will also be offering samples of their unique and authentic Normandy cocktails.
A demo stage will see a schedule of fabulous Normandy chefs cook up traditional and innovative cuisine including ‘Escalope à la Normande’, Teurgoule rice pudding along with the universally loved brioche. Totally free-to-attend Masterclasses will be held throughout the day with sampling some of Normandy’s best exports available plus a family-friendly crepe demonstration activity will be showcased each afternoon.
To top the celebrations off visitors to each of the food tour stops will be entertained by the French musicians For the Hackers, who will be performing for the very first time in Ireland! Hailing from Dieppe, Normandy, these indie-rockers have been active for about a decade now, and have numerous hits to their name. Their blend of pop, rock and electro with French lyrics is guaranteed to impress. These music devils have the capacity to move the audience emotionally, and physically! Their live shows are powerful, and engaging, and their chemistry as a band is very visible. A truly unmissable act, especially as For the Hackers will be playing on top of their solar-powered bus!
The Normandy Food Tour is a free-to-attend family-friendly event with live music, free cookery demos, tasting opportunities and more. See https://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/normandy-food-tour/ for more details.