A sneak peek at what’s on the menu for A Taste of West Cork

Come to West Cork!  Áine O’Driscoll pictured to remind food lovers to book their trip to West Cork for A Taste of West Cork Food Festival which takes place in 30 towns and villages and 8 islands from 9-18th September 2016.

Posted on: 5th September, 2016

Category: Food & Wine

Contributor: West Cork People

Plans are well underway for the annual A Taste of West Cork Food Festival, which takes place, this year, from September 9-18, 2016. Soak up the sights and indulge in fabulous fare during this year’s festival, which promises food and fun-lovers a jam-packed programme filled with activities to suit the entire family – all set against the breathtaking backdrop of West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way.

While the picturesque Skibbereen remains the heart of the popular festival, events are taking place across the region with towns and villages such as Bandon, Bantry, Clonakilty, Schull and many more offering a warm welcome to visitors from far and wide.

The 10-day event is a foodie’s paradise, with the regions best chefs preparing culinary feasts in local restaurants, food tastings, foraging walks, open-air markets, masterclasses, and intimate evenings with local artisan food producers on the menu. Cooking enthusiasts can also look forward to learning from the best, as guest chefs from all over the globe will be on hand to present demonstrations and share their culinary wisdom.

Adventure lovers are invited to make the most of the area’s natural resources, with outdoor pursuits such as foraging, West Cork whale watching and catch ‘n’ cook experiences on offer. The vibrant calendar of events also includes something for the loved-up couples, who can enjoy a romantic moonlight kayaking experience or a long coastal walk along one of West Cork’s beautiful beaches.

Indulge in all the good things in life by taking a big bite of the fun at this year’s A Taste of West Cork Food Festival!

Some Island highlights:

Sherkin Island Seafood Celebration on September 9.

Under the new proprietorship of Deirdre and Jez Youell, the Jolly Roger will host an evening of jolly good fun, with excellent music, tastings of West Cork beverages, West Cork cheeses and charcuteries in the atmospheric setting of the traditional island pub; The Jolly Roger.

A Taste Tour of Bere Island on September 10.

This taste tour of Bere Island combines the cultural heritage of the island and showcases the spectacular seafood served in the island restaurants. On arrival at Bere Island, experience a taste of Bere Island scallops at the Lookout Bistro, after which the tour calls to the Heritage Centre. The tour then heads to the Bere Island Hotel for a taste of Bere Island mussels, before visiting the standing stone and the town land of Grenane. The tour then makes a stop at the Bakehouse Cafe for a taste of Bere Island seafood chowder, and on to the military fortifications at the east end of Bere Island.

Check out the programme for information and updates: www.atasteofwestcork.com.

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