The Causeway Coast is bursting with talented chefs and cooks who serve up incredible dishes on the daily for locals and tourists. However, they’re not harbouring their secrets.
Full of passionate artisans, Taste Causeway is an organisation set up to help promote and raise awareness for the multitude of exceptional food and drink providers along the coastal route.
There are 8 cookery classes and tasting experiences hosted by Taste Causeway businesses that will tantalise your taste buds and serve you the very best local produce.
Check them out below:
- Dine around Bushmills, Bushmills
Trek around Bushmills onboard a vintage blue Bedford bus on a tasting experience like no other. Guests will be treated like VIPs in the Bushmills Distillery tasting suite while they sample a special whiskey cocktail before they are whisked away to four different and unique venues across the village.
Each tour will be led by a knowledgeable and passionate guide who will discuss all things local, whether it is food, drink, or even spin a yarn about a folklore or two. You are sure to leave this experience with a newfound appreciation for the area, as well as a new favourite eatery.
Find out more about the Dine around Bushmills experience by visiting https://www.dinearoundbushmills.co.uk
- The Giggling Goose Cookery Classes, Coleraine
The Giggling Goose run a range of hands on cookery classes including their popular weekly bakery class. You can also book one of their afternoon tea classes where you will learn how to make lots of delicious treats like raspberry and white chocolate scones, chilli pineapple sausage rolls or mini summer fruit squares. Or take part in one of their evening classes and discover how to create a grazing platter with freshly baked bread. After any of The Giggling Goose’s classes you can sit down and enjoy the food you have made.
To find out about the classes on offer be sure to follow The Giggling Goose on https://www.facebook.com/welovelocalproduce/
- Jam at the Doorstep Cookery Classes, Armoy
By taking part in a Jam at the Doorstep Cookery class, you’re sure to be a master at making your own preserves or spreads in no time. Jam at the Doorstep provides jam, chutney, lemon curd and bread making workshops for small parties, so you and your friends can pick up a new skill in just a few hours.
Don’t worry about being an expert before you attend either, the relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the old farmhouse kitchen is sure to put you at ease in no time. You’ll even be able to take home your very own creation so that it can sit proudly on your countertop.
Follow Jam at the Doorstep on Facebook for updates about upcoming classes https://www.facebook.com/jamatthedoorstep/
- Ocho Tapas Cookery Classes, Portrush
Want to bring the taste of the Mediterranean to your own home? Cooking classes at Ocho Tapas Bistro in Portrush will help you perfect dishes that will make you think you’re on holiday.
Throughout the classes, you will learn from the experts as they walk you through the process of creating their most infamous dishes. You’ll even get to try your own creations and marvel at the taste sensations you have created.
Visit http://www.ochotapas.com/cookery-classes to find out more
- Quilly House Private Dining Experience, Coleraine
Located just between Articlave and Coleraine sits Quilly House, a gorgeous private residence originally built in 1857. Their sun-soaked dining room seats 14 people, and their cookery demonstrations are limited to 10 so that everyone can have hands-on experience with legendary chef, Paula McIntyre.
Now at Quilly House is the BBQ Barn, where you can get hands-on experience working with a Weber Kettle BBQ. This is an ideal and fun way to perfect your BBQ skills before the summer.
Discover what Quilly House has to offer by visiting their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/QuillyHouse/
- Kerry Kane Private Dining Experience
Kerry Kane, a Masterchef Quarter Finalist 2021 from Portstewart, offers unique private dining experiences in your own home. Her personal service lets you fully enjoy the company of your guests and makes entertaining at home so simple, pleasant and delicious. Kerry only uses fresh and local products to deliver the best quality food for her customers at all times.
And if you would like to improve your cooking skills Kerry also offers pasta making and cookery courses for small numbers.
To find out more visit https://www.facebook.com/FoodMumni-101090748478510/
- The Taste Causeway Chocolate Experience, Coleraine
For all the chocoholics out there, this is the perfect experience for you. During your visit to The Taste Causeway Chocolate Experience, you’ll create your own delectable collection of chocolate truffles – all you need is to bring your own apron!
Throughout the day, you’ll be introduced to the finest selection of local artisan produce, and more importantly, will learn how to pair them with the finest chocolate to create an original and unforgettable sweet treat.
Book your visit to The Taste Causeway Chocolate Experience here https://thechocolatemanor.com/events/the-taste-causeway-experience/
- Broughgammon Farm Workshops & Supper Clubs, Ballycastle
Nestled between the towns of Ballycastle and Bushmills, Broughgammon Farm is a sustainable and environmental paradise. Eager to change perceptions about farm sustainability, Broughgammon Farm has an on-site café and shop.
Working with Forage Ireland to run foraging courses, guests can also take part in herbalist workshops, seasonal cooking classes, fermenting workshops, and more. Broughgammon Farm also runs butchery classes where guests can learn the art of butchery, and how to handle wild game. The very popular Supper Clubs offer visitors the chance to experience and taste produce that comes from the farm itself and other Taste Causeway producers.
To learn more about the courses, supper clubs etc. available at Broughgammon Farm, visit https://www.broughgammon.com/
To discover more about Taste Causeway experiences, log on to https://www.tastecauseway.com/taste-finder/