With World Vegetarian Day (1 October) right around the corner, culinary experts from HelloFresh Ireland have shared new data that reveals which counties in Ireland are the most veggie friendly.
Research shows that vegetarian, vegan and flexitarian popularity is at an all-time high in Ireland, as more and more Irish people are opting for a plant-based diet.
The top veggie-friendly counties have now been revealed – and, surprisingly, Dublin doesn’t make the top three!
Taking the top spot is Galway, closely followed by Leitrim and Cork.
Ireland’s Most Vegetarian-Friendly Counties
One Of The World’s Most Veggie-Friendly Countries
Commenting on the data, Hannah Duxbury, head of culinary at HelloFresh Ireland, said, “Ireland is often recognised as one of the world’s most veggie-friendly countries, but, most of the time, it’s Dublin’s vegetarian food scene that people look at, when, really, Ireland has so many more counties that are great for vegetarians.”
Ireland’s food scene is becoming more and more vegetarian friendly. It ranked among the top ten countries in the world for veganism in 2020, while Dublin was 26th on the World’s Most Vegetarian-Friendly Cities list in 2023.
It’s also estimated that every month there are 3,600 searches in Ireland for ‘vegetarian recipes’, as well as 12,100 for ‘vegetarian restaurants’, showing just how in demand veggie options are across the country.
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