Plating up 250 events, to be served over 10 delicious days, A Taste of West Cork is one of Ireland’s best food festivals, an annual feast of fine fare and fun.
Taking place in 50 towns and villages and on eight islands, the festival celebrates not only the region’s unique food culture, but also the people and land that produce its top-class ingredients.
Fresh from winning Best Wild Atlantic Way Experience earlier this year, A Taste of West Cork will present an extensive menu of events from 6–15 September to start and epitomise Ireland’s major new Taste the Island celebration of food and drink which will run throughout the autumn.
Stretching from the sandy beaches of Inchydoney, to the splintered landscape of the Beara peninsula and reaching out into the wild Atlantic Ocean through the scattered islands off Roaringwater Bay, the West Cork menu of events promises to thrill the taste buds and stimulate the senses.
Top-class chefs will cook up amazing meals, fashioning the freshest local produce into innovative eats. This year there will be an international feel to the festival with special events celebrating French, Mediterranean, Spanish, Turkish, Syrian, Swedish and Indian cuisine.
And in a unique visit, a team of four Australian Aboriginal chefs, led by the Bourke brothers of Sydney’s renowned Rockpool restaurant, will create menus using top quality Aussie ‘bush tucker’ ingredients.
With guest speakers, art and craft exhibitions, taste tours, farmers’ markets, musical events, history walks, distillery visits and much more, the festival has something for every taste.
Learn how to forage for mushrooms and sea vegetables, practice the art of salting and smoke-curing, sing for your supper, get on your bike for a mystery meals on wheels trail, or have an audience with the region’s cheese makers at Manning’s Emporium in Bantry.
Among the festival highlights is the Garden of Re-imagination – a magical Willy Wonka-inspired edible paradise where rare delights include the pink flamingo tree, dahlia tubers and barberries.
Theatre Tapas offers a unique evening of drama with a menu of monologues, poems, short stories and Shakespearean scenes that guests can order to be performed at their table while they snack on tasty tapas.
The festival finale is the A Taste of West Cork Sunday Street Market in Skibbereen, featuring live music, Irish dancing, tastings, cookery demonstrations, artisan craft exhibitions and much more right along Main Street, plus a Taste the Island All-Ireland Food and Drink Expo in the town hall.
The event brings the festival’s culinary adventures to a fine conclusion and passes the baton on to countless more superb food and drink events across the island of Ireland.