The Taste the Atlantic - Irish Salmon Visitor Experience was launched in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare on the 25th of October 2019 by Mrs Sabina Higgins, wife of President Michael D Higgins.
The visitor centre is a fully interactive space where the story of Irish salmon is told, from its place in Irish mythology and history right up to the role salmon aquaculture plays in sustaining coastal communities in some of Ireland’s most remote rural locations.
The centre features both traditional artefacts and multimedia in a mixed reality setting and tells the story in an immersive and entertaining fashion.
At a glance
Taste the Atlantic - The Irish Salmon Experience is part of a Seafood Trail showcasing 24 Seafood and Aquaculture producers like Smokehouses, Oyster growers, Mussel growers, Abalone growers along the Wild Atlantic Way of the west coast of Ireland. This is an initiative from BIM (Bord Iascaigh Mhara) in collaboration with Fáilte Ireland to promote seafood to national and international visitors.
The new visitor centre forms part of the wider Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Taste the Atlantic seafood trail and has been financed under the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund.
As described on the Wild Atlantic Way website, “Seafood is where the Wild Atlantic Way meets Ireland’s unique culture. It’s about lobster and crab, salmon and mackerel, oysters and mussels plucked fresh from the heaving ocean. But it’s also about the men and women who mix tradition and 21st-century techniques to bring it from tide to table, to serve it just a few miles (or in some cases, just a few feet) from where it’s caught.”
It’s a route you can dip into or do in its entirety, an opportunity to explore Ireland’s pristine oceans; to sample its food story; to enjoy an unforgettable taste of place on a plate.
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