Its true what they say, Cavan has one of the most vibrant food scenes in the Country. From beautiful cheese, tasty chocolate, fresh sushi, artisan meats and so much more. Now you can immerse yourself in the beautiful produce by booking a food experience with one of our members. From cookery classes to farm training for start-up snail farmers- there is something for everyone. Here are our top 4 food experiences in Cavan.

Virginia Cookery School

Finola O’Sullivan is your host at Virginia-Cookery. Her ambition is to get people cooking wholesome foods using ordinary ingredients. She is a strong believer in using Irish and local produce, including vegetables from her own garden.

Her classes include All Things Irish, Special Might In, Brunch, Healthy and simple and so many more. Classes typically last 4-6 hours and if you wanted to organise a group booking Finola can organise a private class for you. Finola also regularly updates her website and YouTube page with great recipes for the entire family.

MacNean House and Restaurant

Award-winning chef Neven Maguire fulfilled a long-held dream to open his first cookery school in 2014. The Neven Maguire Cookery School is located beside MacNean House & Restaurant in Blacklion, Co. Cavan- a member of the Created in Cavan network.

Classes include both hands-on learning and demonstrations by Neven and his team. With recipes specially selected, popular themes include ‘Entertainment Made Easy’, ‘Cooking for Friends and Family’, ‘Christmas Made Easy’, a two day ‘Home Chef’ class and the popular ‘Parent and Child’ class. You must get in there early to book as most of his summer classes are wait list only. To book your class, please contact The Neven Maguire Cookery School on 071 9853022.

Crafts of Ireland

From a purpose-built studio located on the family farm, Sandra and her team at Crafts of Ireland entertain with afternoon tea and teach a varied selection of craft workshops including traditional baking.

Nothing tastes better that home baking or is more satisfying than producing a good loaf of bread. In this workshop, you will get the opportunity to bake you own brown bread and scones and watch as Treacle cake and Tea Brack baking are demonstrated. While you await your own cake being baked you can sit back, taste and enjoy the recipes from the evening over tea and coffee. All ingredients and copies of the recipes used will be supplied and each person will leave with their own Brown Bread and Scones for to impress family or friends. Visit the Crafts of Ireland website here for more information and to book your workshop!

Inis Escargot

As well as providing fresh snails for sale, Inis Escargot now provide On Farm Training for start-up snail farmers hoping to tap into the high potential for snail exporting throughout Europe. Founder Peter Monaghan is passionate about farming and working the land but recognised that his small suckler farm would not create a viable income on its own.

As part of his research Peter recognised that snail farming was a business that would work for him as there was a huge gap in the market for snails and it was also a business that required a low investment and had low risk.

Wanting to pass on this knowledge to others who would like to embark on the business of snail farming, Peter Monaghan, using his years of experience and learning, has developed a unique training programme for those wishing to become a snail farmer.  The training includes on-farm and virtual training and ongoing support as he would like to create a community / network of successful snail farmers in Ireland.  According to Peter, “Snail farming produces a huge amount of product from a small piece of land and Ireland is the ideal location for this type of business”. To find our more just contact Peter on

Why not plan a food or farming experience as part of your travels this year and get to know our amazing producers and hospitality members? There are also plenty of events to take in including markets, wine tastings, steak nights and more. Find out more on our website here.

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