Variety is the spice of life, and it is a spice that this year’s A Taste of West Cork Food Festival has in abundance! With thirty three guest chefs, and a plethora of events for families, friends, couples, and food-lovers alike, it’s no wonder celebrity Chef Derry Clarke, (of Michelin Star L’Ecrivan restaurant fame) is eager to return.
The 10-day Festival takes place this year from 8th-17th September, with over 230 culinary and adventure events across the region’s 36 towns and villages and 8 islands.
Sizing up to be the most cultured and cosmopolitan food Festival to date, visitors are welcomed to a foodie’s paradise, with an array of both national and international chefs preparing culinary-themed feasts in local restaurants, food tastings al fresco, foraging walks, open-air markets, seminars, cook-offs, masterclasses and intimate evenings with local artisan food producers imparting their culinary wisdom.
Guest chefs include TV presenters Neven McGuire, Oliver McCabe and Derry Clarke, Danni Barry (Michelin Star chef and RAI Best Chef in Ireland 2016), Kevin Ahern (winner of Best Chef in Munster Awards 2014 at age 24), Rob Krawczyk (winner of the National Restaurants Association of Ireland Best Chef in Leinster 2016), Bryan McCarthy (Head Chef at Greenes – Food and Wine Munster Best Restaurant Award 2016), Decky Walsh (Chef and Pitmaster specialist at Holy Smoke Cork), Ali Honour, Matt Williamson, Chris Hedges, Paul Cartwright, Journalist Joe MacNamee, Gautham Iyer, and Brian Donnelly (Executive chef and co-founder of Belfast based RAMEN).
New events with a modern twist include a gin and tapas night, island whiskey tasting, wine and craft beer pairing dinners, and ‘a night in the museum’ (Michael Collins Museum Clonakilty). While famous cookbook author, food and TV host Trish Deseine will be joined by Virginie Garnier (renowned French food and lifestyle photographer who has had over 20 cookbooks published by Hachette, Ducasse and Mango) to run a unique two day Cookbook Workshop.
Events set to ‘spice-up’ the Festival line-up even more include ‘Eat, Drink, Sleep @ The Castle’, a six course tasting menu, overnight and breakfast at The Castle, Castletownsend; a ‘Milking It’ demonstration and milking competitions at Bandon Farmers Market and Urru Culinary Store, Bandon; and a ‘Step Back in Time to the Roaring Twenties’ night at the Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff – at which two guest chefs will be preparing the 20’s inspired menu while guests arrive styled to suit!
To book accommodation/events, to see the full A Taste of West Cork Food Festival programme online, or to buy a recently launched West Cork Artisan Food Guide featuring the best that West Cork has to offer, see www.atasteofwestcork.com