2020 is already off to a stellar start.
Especially for one Irish city which has been singled out and given the top accolade of ‘number one destination for foodies in 2020’.
So dubbed by the folks at BBC Good Food, Galway impressed as “a shining star in the country’s ever-expanding culinary firmament”.
Awarded Ireland’s first European Region of Gastronomy back in 2018, the city has long been garnering attention for its “blossoming culinary credentials”.
Visitors are encouraged to “save space for treats harvested from the epic landscapes surrounding Galway. Everything from the heather-grazed lamb to the shellfish caught fresh off the coast is mentioned, with special praise saved for restaurants such as Aniar and The Quay House.
This year is set to be a big year for the west coast gem as it steps up to the plate to deliver on its European Capital of Culture 2020 duties.
The beating heart of Irish culture and heritage, Galway is known for its creativity, music and vibrant art scene. Organisers have an extraordinary showcase of events lined up for the year, highlighting all that the city has to offer.
Other world destinations mentioned on the list include Lyon - France's de-facto culinary capital, the "beach-blessed" Los Cabos in Mexico, The Netherlands and "the sleepy Med' holiday island" of Malta.
Marrakesh in Morocco, Tel Aviv in Israel, Scotland, Porto in Portugal and Cádiz in Spain also feature to complete the top 10 of best destinations for foodies to visit this year.