New food tour allows you take a bite out of County…

first_imgBusinessNewsNew food tour allows you take a bite out of County LimerickBy Staff Reporter – July 3, 2017 1414 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Previous articleCuts to breast cancer patients deemed ‘inhumane and cruel’Next article#WATCH Drops in competitiveness ‘a growing worry’ for economy Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Pictured at the launch of Newcastle West Food Tour was Mikey Noonan, age 4, Sharon Noonan and Hannah Noonan, age 6 from Newcastle West.Developed by well known local foodie, broadcaster and entrepreneur, Sharon Noonan, IrelandÕs latest culinary trail explores the finest gourmet hotspots and rich history of the famed West Limerick town giving an overview of the best artisan producers, brewers and farmers in the region.Photo: Oisin McHugh True MediaPictured at the launch of Newcastle West Food Tour was Mikey Noonan, 4, Sharon Noonan and Hannah Noonan, 6 from Newcastle West.Photo: Oisin McHugh True MediaIF you’re hungry to discover the latest food tasting trail in Ireland, then a trip to County Limerick is in order for the newly launched Newcastle West Food Tour.Developed by well known local foodie, broadcaster and entrepreneur, Sharon Noonan, Ireland’s latest culinary trail explores the finest gourmet hotspots and rich history of the West Limerick town.The new tour gives an overview of the best artisan producers, brewers and farmers in the region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Tastings on the tour are plentiful and include coffee with raw milk from Croom, granola from Curraghchase and of course no food tour of Limerick’s largest town would be complete without enjoying award winning cheddar from its resident cheese maker, Cahill’s.More unusual stops include a visit to a sushi bar which is the latest addition to the restaurant scene in Newcastle West and a poetry reading from the town’s favourite son Michael Hartnett adds a quirky literary twist. The tour culminates with a multi course lunch boasting a menu created from locally sourced ingredients.Sharon, who presents the hugely popular Best Possible Taste radio show and podcast, says the food and drink landscape in Newcastle West is ‘extremely impressive’ when you look closely.“The town was home to Nash’s famous red lemonade and still is to Ballygowan, Ireland’s first developed water brand and the undisputed giant of Irish bottled water,” she explained. The Desmond Banqueting Hall dominates the Square which is home to Sonas Healthfoods, our answer to the Happy Pear with its diverse and large range of Irish artisan food products. Our eclectic stalls at the Thursday and Saturday markets have so much to offer with items such as freshly baked sourdough bread and Irish garlic which sell out early.Sharon, who presents the hugely popular Best Possible Taste radio show and podcast, says the food and drink landscape in Newcastle West is ‘extremely impressive’ when you look closely.“The town was home to Nash’s famous red lemonade and still is to Ballygowan, Ireland’s first developed water brand and the undisputed giant of Irish bottled water,” she explained.  The Desmond Banqueting Hall dominates the Square which is home to Sonas Healthfoods, our answer to the Happy Pear with its diverse and large range of Irish artisan food products.  Our eclectic stalls at the Thursday and Saturday markets have so much to offer with items such as freshly baked sourdough bread and Irish garlic which sell out early.”It was Sharon’s husband Michael Noonan, the manager of Newcastle West’s Bank of Ireland, who encouraged the mum of two to create the tour.Originally from Ballymena, Co Antrim, Sharon moved to Newcastle West in 2006.Michael believed her vast knowledge of Irish food and drink producers thanks to her radio show and judging experience at the Blas na hEireann/Irish Food Awards and Great Taste Awards – along with being able to see the town through the eyes of a “blow in” – would enable her to develop an appealing tour.“Sharon has a natural affinity with the food industry,” Michael said.“Her father, Tony Devlin, comes from a long line of greengrocers and her parents have only recently retired from the family business after over 50 years.  It has been wonderful to watch her passion for Newcastle West blossom since her move here and it makes me incredibly proud that she’s striving to raise our home town’s profile on the tourist and culinary circuit.”Interested, then search www.sharonnoonan.com for more WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSfeaturedlimerickNewcastle WestSharon Noonan center_img Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img