The Économusée, or ‘working museum’, concept was first developed in Quebec, Canada in 1992. Over the last three decades, the programme has grown into an exciting international network, with over 110 artists that are renowned for their excellence.
The aim of the Économusée is simple, to promote and keep traditional crafts and knowledge alive by allowing local artisans the opportunity to open their workshops to the public.
Artisans are able to share the crafts and techniques of their ancestors, combining culture and craft with an unforgettable tourist experience. Each artisan has their own story to tell, so visitors are guaranteed a truly enriching and unique experience no matter where they go.
Taste Causeway is an organisation that was set up to raise awareness and promote the incredible artisans on the coastal route, including these 4 incredible Économusée experiences.
Find out more below:
- Broighter Gold Économusée, Limavady
Each visit you take to Broighter Gold Économusée will truly be unique. As a working farm, what visitors may come across will be entirely different depending on the time of year. A visit in April or May will guarantee a picturesque view of the oilseed rape in bloom, however, by August or September, Richard can be spotted in his combine harvester collecting the crops.
At Broighter Gold Économusée, artisans will guide you through the process of how they create their rapeseed oil, from a farm walk, to a trip to their pressing room and a peek at their bottling room. Of course, no visit would be complete without picking up some Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil for you to take home.
To book your visit, head to https://broightergold.co.uk/collections/farm-tours for more information.
- Broughgammon Farm Économusée, Ballycastle
Providing ethical and sustainable produce is the driving force behind Broughgammon Farm Économusée. Visitors can take part in an hour-long ‘Farm to Fork’ tour, which takes you on a journey through history and their environmental ethos.
Throughout their stay, guests are shown the art of butchery by the farm’s own on-site craft butchers, including a lesson about the different cuts from goat, veal, and wild game. A trip to the round-top barn will leave you bursting with knowledge about the farm’s history, the ‘Potato Wizard’, and the Irish Famine. Before heading home, there is even time to taste the produce and walk around the farm shop where you will be given a free cookbook so you can bring the taste of Broughgammon Farm Économusée home.
To book a tour, make sure to visit https://www.broughgammon.com/product/farm-tours/
- North Coast Smokehouse Économusée, Ballycastle
Situated in the picturesque coastal town of Ballycastle, visitors are bound to have an authentic North Coast experience during a visit to North Coast Smokehouse Économusée. After meeting in New Zealand, owners Ruairidh Morrison and Melanie Brown were inspired to bring the commonly used smoking technique to the North Coast.
During a trip to the Smokehouse, you will learn more about the traditional craft of smoking food, and how the owners have adapted this practice for the modern world. After your visit here, you’ll never want to cook your fish the same way ever again.
To find out more, visit https://www.northcoastsmokehouse.com/contact-us or phone 07835403340.
- Ursa Minor Bakehouse Économusée, Ballycastle
If you can’t resist the temptation of freshly baked bread, then make visiting Ursa Minor Bakehouse Économusée a priority. Based in Ballycastle, this bakehouse, specialising in sourdough bread, patisserie, and viennoiserie, is sure to get your mouth watering.
The team of experienced bakers will take you on a tour of the bakehouse, teaching you all about how they make their bread and the different techniques they use so that you can bring the bakehouse experience to your own kitchen. You might even get a chance to get your hands on some dough too.
To guarantee your spot, contact Ursa Minor Bakehouse Économusée at https://www.ursaminorbakehouse.com/contact
To discover your next Taste Causeway experience, visit https://www.tastecauseway.com