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Tourism Ireland teams up with The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair for 2nd year

Tourism Ireland teams up with The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair for 2nd year
From left: Jocelyn Black, publicity and communications executive, Tourism Ireland; Chef Steven Jeffers; Dana Welch, manager, Canada, Tourism Ireland.

Yesterday morning (Nov. 3) started with a traditional Irish breakfast “with a modern twist,” when Tourism Ireland joined forces with award-winning Irish chef Stephen Jeffers and The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to showcase the culinary offerings of the Emerald Isle, along with highlighting a few things that visitors to Ireland have to look forward to in 2017.

This is the second year Tourism Ireland has partnered with the Fair, and “we like to do things a little differently at each of our events, so we invited a goat as our special guest,” said Dana Welch, manager, Canada for Tourism Ireland. And sure enough, Turbo, a Nigerian Dwarf goat from the Fair, made a special appearance, posing for a few photos in front of PJ O’Brien’s restaurant in downtown Toronto.

DSC_0003.JPGTurbo the goat poses with Ireland’s Chef Stephen Jeffers (right)

Back to the food though, which was crafted by Chef Jeffers (who is competing in the International Chef Challenge at the Fair on Sunday Nov. 6 at 1pm), offered a “small taste of what’s available in Ireland,” said Welch, highlighting there are many ways to explore the many food and drink options available on the island. “And getting there has never been easier,” with Air Canada Rouge and Aer Lingus offering year-round service from Toronto to Dublin, and WestJet offering seasonal service to the destination.

Once there, Welch recommends visitors explore the Wild Atlantic Way, a 2,500km-long touring route that winds its way along Ireland’s west coast and includes the Skellig Islands, located in County Kerry and recently named one of Lonely Planet’s ‘Best In Travel’ for 2017, and specifically Skellig Michael, which was seen in the closing scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

There’s also Ireland’s Ancient East and its 5,000-year-history that is worthy of discovery, including Newgrange, a Stone Age passage tomb that is older than Egypt’s Pyramids; and of course Northern Ireland, home to the Giant’s Causeway, a popular shooting location for the HBO series Game of Thrones, and the 2017 host to The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, which will play at Portstewart Golf Club in July.

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