Team Bespoke were delighted to escape the office for a few hours to enjoy a little Fam Trip experience just down the road in beautiful Killinchy. We were invited by Tracy Jeffrey, owner of NI Food Tours, to spend the afternoon learning how to make traditional Irish bread at her home in Co Down. Believe it or not, this is where there are more award wining producers and restaurants than anywhere else in Northern Ireland! En route we enjoyed breathtaking views of Strangford Lough, the largest inlet in the British Isles, and an understandably designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.’
Complete with a gorgeous thatched roof, quaint interior décor and a beautiful garden brimming with home-grown fruit and vegetables, Tracy’s home is the epitome of a traditional Irish cottage, and a truly unique setting for an incredible Irish foodie experience. She had prepared a spread of delicious sweet treats ahead of our arrival - including her infamous macarons; one word – WOW! Her warm hospitality was second to none, making us feel like old friends from the moment we arrived.
After a quick cup of tea and a catch up, Tracy kicked off the demonstration by giving us a fascinating insight into the history of Irish food and the process of traditional Irish bread-making. Her extensive knowledge and years of culinary experience are equalled only by her captivating enthusiasm and passion for local food. Then it was on to a perfect soda bread making demonstration. Dating back to the 1840s, it was eaten as a main meal by Irish families, and remains a firm favorite around the country today.
Then it was over to Team Bespoke… Aprons on and flour at the ready, we got stuck in to making our own bread. Mixing, kneading, and having fun, before we knew it, we were sat at the table tucking in to a plate of amazing warm soda farls. Paired with the delightfully creamy Abernethy Butter, and a variety of Tracy’s incredible home-made jams, it was undoubtedly the best soda bread we’ve ever tasted (if we say so ourselves)
Hands on and informative, yet informal and relaxing, this would make a perfect client group incentive or pre / post conference activity. But this isn’t the only tour available. Tracy and her team offer a wide range of exceptional foodie experiences around the country. You can try anything from pressing your own apples and catching your own shellfish to sampling local craft beers and tasting award-winning produce from Northern Ireland’s finest eateries. NI Food Tours would also be great for our local corporate clients too.
So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us to come and eat drink and cook with us! Taste the products, hear the stories, meet the people and enjoy the stunning scenery of Northern Ireland. For further information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us arrange a perfect experience for you!