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Irish Whiskey Tasting and Food Pairing in Local's Ballina Home

Irish Whiskey Tasting and Food Pairing in Local's Ballina Home

By Traveling Spoon

Ages 18-99
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • Gratuities
  • Beverages (whiskey)
  • Light refreshments
  • Local guide
  • Private Irish Whiskey Tasting and Food Pairing with your host Rachel
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic Beverages
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7626P382

    • If any travelers in your party have any allergies, dietary restrictions or cooking preferences please advise at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Private, personalized experience
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7626P382

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    • Traveling Spoon
      Joined in April 2017
    • FarAway19821641862
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cooking experience in Skerries
      We recently attended a delightful cooking class in a fabulous house at the sea-front in Skerries. Lili, our hostess, was an exceptional personality—vibrant, entertaining, and generous. Her warm hospitality and wealth of cooking knowledge made the class truly enjoyable. She patiently shared tips and tricks that I have already successfully used. Together, we cooked a delicious wild rocket and blue (Stilton) cheese salad with roasted pine nuts and balsamic vinegar/olive oil dressing! Then Lili showed us some more important tricks and tips as we cooked fresh Sea Bass: first frying skin-side down and then grilling. With this, we made a divine garlic sauce and some seasonal vegetables on the side. Tiramisu for dessert was the perfect finish. We enjoyed a very comfortable and memorable evening together. I would certainly love to cook with Lili again and try some other interesting recipes.
      Written May 19, 2024
    • Fearless692979
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cooking and fun
      Was a wonderful experience learning new recipes and cooking techniques. Had the best time learning about Skerries and the Lily’s family. I definitely want Togo back on a Saturday during the markets and in the spring or summer time
      Written November 2, 2023
    • 376kenf
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Incredible experience with a sweet, wonderful family
      Lili is fabulous. Great hostess and fantastic chef. It was so much more than a cooking class, though. It was just a special, unforgettable experience. Absolutely the best time we had on our vacation to Ireland. Their house is gorgeous. The food was delicious. We had a great time meeting her husband and daughter also. These are wonderful special people and you will LOVE this class.
      Written August 5, 2023
    • patrickcM6831DT
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic Experience !
      Don't miss an evening with Lili , she is a real Irish / Romanian gem ! We had a truly wonderful time with Lili ,Patrick and their daughter Nadia. Lili graciously picked up our group of four from the Skerries train station. She proceeded to give us a grand tour of her truly interesting and beautiful fishing village of Skerries.. We enjoyed a great conversation over drinks and hor d'oeuvres . We were treated for our first time with a truly wonderful beetroot soup - Romanian borscht - great ! Our dinner was truly wonderful and we finished the evening with a wonderful desert in a third story room that had a fantastic view of the Irish Sea - stunning ! I must mention that earlier in the evening my wife was not feeling well and unannounced to us Lili slipped away for a few minutes and came back with some over counter medicine that my wife needed . Wow ! At the end of the evening we all felt we were with old friends ! They will be welcome in our home in Texas any time !
      Written June 17, 2022
    • D5657VHandreaj
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent experience
      This was a great experience ! Elena an her family were so welcoming an really made our visit feel like we were visiting friends ! We had a jolly time an the food was amazing !! Definitely would recommend this tour to everyone! You will not be disappointed!!
      Written April 8, 2022
    • victoriaaY4822YB
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So Much More Than a Cooking Class
      Elena's "cooking class" is so much more than a lesson on how to prepare a 5-star meal. My friends and I were personally picked up at the Skerries train station (only a short ride from Dublin), driven through the scenic waterfront village of Skerries, toured the local Saturday Farmer's Market, and viewed the grounds of a local historic home/park --all with Elena's delightful narrative --and all before being welcomed into her charming seaside home (with incredible views). Elena was wonderfully prepared with appetizers and beverages to start and had all the ingredients efficiently prepped which allowed the cooking class to run most smoothly. From the first moment our taste buds were in for a treat. One of our group is a vegetarian and that just expanded the amazing foods and recipes Elena shared. No worries if you are not a hands on cook; Elena is a whiz in the kitchen and in complete control of the menu requiring only a little fun hands-on chopping or stirring. The meal was 5 stars -- incorporating fresh local foods with Elena's wealth of recipes reflecting her modern European sophistication and Old World charm. Eat a light breakfast then plan to enjoy the majority of the day "bridging the cultural divide through food".
      Written December 20, 2021
    • Spanien_Urlauber_13
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Dublin Food Walk with Jim
      We booked a private 3 hour food walk with Jim in Dublin through The Travelling Spoon. We had a wonderful time with Jim. He met us at the gates of Trinity College, asked us what we were into foodwise and then took us to some amazing and delicious places like a brandnew sourdough bakery, a cheese and wine shop, to a fish restaurant where we had delicious irish oysters and then in the end we had a whiskey tasting. Jim was very informative and nice and took his time to answer all of our questions. We can recommend this tour to anyone! Worth the price!
      Written March 8, 2020
    • kerrytaz
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great meal with great views shared with a wonderful hostess and family
      If you are looking to explore outside of Dublin and want a fun, dynamic, and talented hostess, this is the experience for you. Elena was warm, charming, funny, and put together a meal that my wife and I enjoyed very much (just made it at home last night, in fact). Our train and travel schedule did not allow for a lot of cooking together, but the tour of Skerries, the cocktails overlooking the sea, and the Romanian influenced Irish meal made the experience once-in-a-lifetime. Very warm and inviting family and well worth the trip to Skerries. Highly recommended.
      Written October 11, 2019
    • Tim S
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Evening in Skerries
      We had a beautiful dinner including appetizers and drinks, borsh, duck with potatoes and salad, Tiramisu for dessert. It was fun to spend the evening with Lili, Patrick, and Natasha. We would strongly recommend having dinner with them when you are in Dublin or Skerries.
      Written October 1, 2019
    • D8805GHjohnl
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      SPECTACULAR experience!
      Sharon and Andrew are brilliant hosts! We met them at their home on the farm, made dinner with them from scratch, and toured the farm while it cooked. We walked through the grazing field while the cows were grazing, right alongside! We walked through the processing portions of the dairy farm, and drove around the outer farm areas. When we finished the tour, we ate the dinner with them, exchanging stories and discussing all sorts of topics. What an amazing way to spend an evening! Very highly recommended! Would totally do again!
      Written August 28, 2019
    • ccgarciadiscovery
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great orientation to best food in Ireland
      Jim was welcoming and knowledgeable about the food scene in Dublin and across the country. We sampled wonderful bites and also received 101 tips on the foods, dining scenes and walks in both Dublin and along the wild Atlantic way. EVERY suggestion we were able to follow-up on was five star - from small town (and big city) pubs to great almost secret sights/hikes. Thank you for helping us curate an incredible 2.5 weeks in Ireland. We will be back as there were lots of suggestions we didn't get to experience this trip. Only thing he forgot to mention was the quiet in the countryside and the amazing warmth of the people we encountered.
      Written August 21, 2019
    • Jill B
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Such a wonderful experience!
      I was looking for an interactive cooking experience for myself, my husband and our 13-year old son, and I'm so happy I found Lili and her family! She was so wonderfully welcoming, and not only did she make a great meal, but she took us all around Skerries - which is really beautiful and so very different than Dublin. Beyond food, we love making meaningful connections when we travel, and this was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. I'd highly recommend this and send our thanks to Lili, Patrick and Nadia!
      Written August 5, 2019
    • Beth R
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Incredibly Welcoming Hostess and Absolutely Delicious Meal!
      If you like to meet people, get an idea of what life is like in a beautiful town (and house) outside of Dublin and have the experience of making a delicious meal with amazing people, I would recommend this! Lili is dynamic and friendly and her family is so nice, too- including the dog. She was available just a few days in advance for me and volunteered to show me some sights in the town before going to her spectacular house, where she expertly put together the best meal I had in Ireland (with just a little help from me). She was interested in making me feel comfortable and welcome, in what I liked to eat and in making something healthy. The meal was gourmet and so delicious! She is the perfect hostess and a talented cook. If you have the chance to do this, don’t hesitate for a minute. The experience is worth at least triple of what you pay. I have such great memories of this experience. Thanks, Lili!!
      Written July 19, 2019
    • mytartufo
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The highlight of our time in Dublin!
      We had an absolutely wonderful time with Jim. He is funny, knowledgeable, and showed us a side of the Dublin food scene that we would not have otherwise seen. He is a master storyteller, and the way he wove information together about the food we were eating and Irish history was incredible. My whole family agrees that our afternoon with him was a top highlight of our two weeks in Ireland. He made other recommendations for us during our trip (within and outside of Dublin) and everything he recommended was spot on. Book with Jim, you won't regret it!
      Written July 8, 2019
    • ulysses06
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend being Elena and Patrick’s guest
      An absolutely delightful evening: drinks on the rooftop terrace overlooking the Skerries shoreline, followed by a spectacular multi-course dinner. But best is all is the conversation with Elena and Patrick - a unique and unforgettable part of our visit to Ireland!
      Written July 7, 2019
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles1 review
    Very good

    Grand Rapids, MI100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2019 • Couples
    Our evening with Rachel was a highlight of our trip! She's incredibly knowledgeable, very easy going, and when it comes to whiskey she teaches to your level - we both left feeling far more educated than when we walked in (and have even managed to retain the info!). Rachel's mom, along with Izzy, made a fantastic meal which ended up being my husband's favorite of our 2 weeks as it included fish literally just taken from the local river. They were also more than agreeable to accommodate my vegetarian, and somewhat specific, requests. We found out during our dinner that Rachel also provides local tours and was kind enough to provide us with ideas on how to avoid the crowds yet still see and experience everything we were hoping - we took a chance and ended up completely altering the second half of our vacation, ditching some trips that had already been pre-paid in favor of Rachel's recommendations and we couldn't have been happier with the itinerary! SOOO much better, parts of it were literally just us, the scenery, and some stand offish sheep. In fact we're now talking about planning our next trip with the main focus being one of Rachel's tours. Overall I cannot recommend this event enough - you'll have a wonderful evening full of interesting conversation with people who are just fantastic.
    Written June 10, 2019
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