Local food writer, blogger and events’ organiser Kate Ryan of Flavour.ie is back for a third summer season with her unique Clonakilty Walking Food Tour.
The tour has been growing steadily every year since being launched in 2015 and last year hosted visitors to Clonakilty from across Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, UK, Sweden, Canada and USA and introducing them to some of the town’s most treasured food producers. Kate’s knowledge of the local food scene in Clonakilty and the relationships she has with food producers means that she can craft a unique guided tour, opening up a world of food stories, skills and traditions that otherwise is lost from view.
Kate says, “The tour puts people in direct contact with those artisan food makers and to learn their food story. It gives people a real sense of where their food comes from, the stories attached to it, the skills needed to create it and also the history around it. Some of the food producers are multi-generational businesses with hundreds of years of history behind them. All have centuries of skills in their hands to make the food for us to eat. The stories people have to tell really helps to put the food we buy and eat in a whole new light!”
“Food tourism is growing in popularity by those looking to have a unique and authentic experience of the place they are visiting. With initiatives such as the Wild Atlantic Way, visitors are being encouraged even more to get off the beaten track and uncover hidden gems. My Clonakilty Walking Food Tour connects visitors to the amazing people in the town who dedicate their lives to creating beautiful things to eat.”
Kate’s tour has been approved by Faílte Ireland and is listed on the Wild Atlantic Way website and mobile app as a Hidden Gem, drawing people into the town looking for a guided culinary experience. Kate said, “The food scene in Clonakilty continues to grow its foodie credentials. The new Clonakilty Black Pudding factory on the outskirts of town is a great example of that.”
From butchers, bakers and bean-to-bar chocolate makers via cheese, ice-cream, craft beer and of course the bustling Clonakilty Farmers’ Market with its myriad artisan products from across West Cork, there really is something for everyone to get their taste buds tingling!
Flavour.ie’s founder Kate Ryan said “To be able to take people who are as enthusiastic as I am about food and provide an opportunity to get a unique insight into Clonakilty’s fantastic food heritage is a delight!”
When and Where does the Tour take place?
The tour takes place every Friday, rain or shine, from June – August.
Places are limited and booking in advance is required before 4pm on Thursday.
Bookings can be made online at www.flavour.ie/clonakilty-food-tour or via TicketSolve at any Failte Ireland Tourist Information Office around the country. The cost of the tour, including all the delicious things to eat, is €45 per head.