A Taste of West Cork’s most ambitious Food Festival to date

Taste Cork ambitious Food Festival
Celebrity Chef Derry Clarke with Áine O’Driscoll launching A Taste of West Cork Food festival. Photo by: Emma Jervis

Celebrity Chef Derry Clarke launches A Taste of West Cork’s most ambitious Food Festival to date

It’s all about the chefs this year as celebrity Chef Derry Clarke, (of Michelin Star L’ Ecrivain restaurant fame) recently launched the popular long-running A Taste of West Cork Food Festival.

The festival takes place this year from 9th-18th September, with over 170 culinary and adventure events taking place across the region’s 32 towns and villages and 8 islands.

Hailed as its ‘most ambitious food festival to date’ the 10-day event welcomes visitors to a foodie’s paradise, with several 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 Catherine Fulvio in Castletownbere, Rachel Allen and Martin Shanahan in Skibbereen, while Food Writer Trish Deseine will join Tim Lucey (CE Cork County Council), Niall Gibbons (CEO of Tourism Ireland) and several guest speakers at a forum chaired by Lord David Puttnam.

Taste Cork ambitious Food Festival
Photography by: Emma Jervis

Talented chefs featuring at venues include Danni Barry (Michelin Star chef),Takashi Miyazaki (Best Chef in Ireland 2015 – McKenna Guide), Rob Krawczyk (winner of the National Restaurants Association of Ireland Best Chef in Leinster 2016), Eric Thezé (Irish Restaurant Awards Best Chef in Co. Waterford 2016), Leylie Hayes (Executive Chef at Avoca and esteemed cook book author), Ali Honour, Matt Williamson, Chris Hedges, Kevin O’Connell, Journalist Joe MacNamee, Paola Vais, Blogger Louise Kelly and Francine Thurnheer. Anthony Warren, aka ‘The Angry Chef’ will participate in one of three food fora on the calendar, entitled ‘Food, Fiction, Fads and Phonies’.

Speaking at the launch, Celebrity Chef and TV personality Derry Clarke said; “West Cork has long held a reputation for excellence in food production and preparation and is seen as a top authentic foodie destination in its own right and deserves all the recognition it gets.

“The volunteer organisers and participants behind A Taste of West Cork Food Festival are truly talented at bringing together 32 towns and villages and 8 islands of West Cork and uniting them in their quest to bring business into the area and proudly showcase their culinary skills and passion for food to visitors from Ireland and all over the world. Congratulations to all involved”.

Taste Cork ambitious Food Festival
Photography by: Emma Jervis

An integral component to this year’s A Taste of West Cork Food Festival is a forum entitled ‘Our Farms, Our Food, Our Future’ which takes place on 12th September at the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen. The forum, which is chaired by Ella McSweeney from RTE’s Ear to the Ground, aims to discuss the interdependence between modern farming and food production practices and our health and will include talks from key influential speakers from the world of food, agriculture and business, including UCC’s Professor of Psychiatry at APC Microbiome Institute Ted Dinan, Darina Allen, Botanist Madeline McKeever, Scientist and Professor of Plant Pathology Dr. Don Huber of Purdue University, Indiana (USA), Nutritional Therapist Ann Darcy and renowned Natural Health Practitioner Majella O’Neill.

Commenting in advance of the launch, Festival Chair Helen Collins said “A Taste of West Cork has gone from strength to strength over the years and we are delighted to be bringing you an eclectic programme of over 170 gastronomical events which will take place over 10 days this September.

“A Taste of West Cork has grown to be one of Ireland’s most anticipated events offering visitors the opportunity to discover the vast spectrum of food available along our spectacular Wild Atlantic Way, inspiring a new generation of food lovers with an innovative programme of events – whether it’s dining out at restaurant, visiting a fringe event or taking part in one of the many culinary workshops during the festival. Our volunteer group are extremely pleased with the support we have received and we’re looking forward to an outstanding Festival.”

For more info visit: www.atasteofwestcork.com

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