Jersey - Top Foodie Destination

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Jersey – Top Foodie Destination

Muscles at the Tennerfest food festivalFood & Drink in Jersey

The award of 32 AA Rosettes to Island restaurants plus multiple Michelin Stars, makes Jersey one of the top foodie destinations in the British Isles. Being an Island, Jersey is naturally destined to have many seafood restaurants and there are an abundance of wonderful shellfish dishes on menus as well as opportunities to buy freshly caught whelks, clams, oysters and crabs, to name but a few.

Jersey is also well known for the beautiful brown Jersey Cows and Jersey Royal Potatoes, but maybe slightly less known for its apple orchards, which form neat rows throughout the island and make for many traditional dishes and apple brandy. Jersey cream, butter and fudge are a speciality and a knob of butter always tops freshly picked and boiled chats (the early cropping small Jersey Royals), as they are traditionally called by the locals. Black butter, however, is entirely different and unique to Jersey, being a traditional spicy black spread made with apples, cider and brandy. Other specialities include nettle soup, bean crock, vraic buns and ‘Jersey Wonders’ – a fried dough snack that by legend depended on the state of the tide!

To coincide with peak potato harvest time, in recent years Jersey has celebrated a May Food Festival where producers showcase their local produce. In 2013 plans for the first commercially produced Jersey Royal vodkas were revealed – exciting times! In the autumn for six weeks from 1 October the island also celebrates ‘Tennerfest’ with the islands of Guernsey, Alderney and Sark joining the indulgence where around 190 island restaurants showcase their menus at fantastic inclusive prices ranging from as little as £10 a head.

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