Authenticity is deemed to be a crucial element in many tourism experiences. Tourism, however, is often accused of succumbing to notions of perceived authenticity to ensure commercial success, leading to misrepresentations of cultures. Food tourism, conversely, is advocated as a means of encountering genuine culture, history and lifestyle. This paper investigates the role of food tourism as an authentic representation of culture in Cork’s English Market. In-depth interviews were conducted with market traders and analysed through the grounded theory method. Results indicate that, allowing for natural evolution, food tourism is providing a platform for the continuation, sharing and development of traditions, therefore offering an authentic cultural experience.
O'Riordan, Lisa; Linehan, Prof. Margaret; and Ward, Aisling
"Food Tourism in Cork’s English Market - an Authentic Visitor Experience,"
Irish Business Journal: Vol. 10:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://sword.cit.ie/irishbusinessjournal/vol10/iss1/6