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Tasty island dressing adds to the flavour of A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 9-18th September

The annual A Taste of West Cork Food Festival takes place from 9th-18th September 2016 and in addition to a jam packed programme of events on the mainland, it uniquely offers a chance to soak up the sights on the Islands off the West Cork Coast. The combination of land and sea, town, village and islands within this vibrant festival highlights the pre-eminent position of West Cork for food and fun along the popular

Lorge Chocolatier opens shop in Kenmare

by Stephen Johnson Lorge Chocolatier, located in Bonane on the main road from Glengarriff to Kenmare, has opened a new chocolate shop on Henry Street in Kenmare. Owner Benoit Lorge, an award-winning chocolatier, says he takes his inspiration from the stunning countryside of the Caha Mountains and the lakes, rivers and bays that surround him.

The Great Irish Beer Festival in Cork City Hall Launches!

The Great Irish Beer Festival is an Irish craft beer festival that will be held in Cork City Hall from Thursday 22nd to Saturday the 24th of September 2016. The event is open to the public from 5pm-10pm on Thursday and 2pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday. It is a ticketed event with prices ranging between €11 and €15 for day tickets, and €22-€25 for weekend passes. Capacity of the venue

Food events for September in the Dunmanway Community Garden

This is the Dunmanway Community Gardens 1st year participating in the ‘Taste of West Cork Food Festival’  come and help us celebrate all that is good about food in West Cork this September. With three very different events there is something for everybody!

IFA launches autumn milk price increase campaign

IFA President Joe Healy has launched the Association’s autumn milk price increase campaign, challenging the co-ops to start rebuilding confidence by acknowledging the growing recovery in dairy markets and increasing milk prices. Joe Healy said, “This is my strong message to co-ops boards and management ahead of an IFA series of meetings with co-ops over the coming weeks: the co-ops must accept that the dairy market recovery is a reality

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’Ecrivan restaurant fame) today launches 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

Halewood Group strengthens partnership with West Cork Distillers

HALEWOOD Wines & Spirits has purchased a significant stake in West Cork Distillers to further strengthen its partnership in jointly developing and distributing the innovative Irish whiskey portfolio throughout international markets. Halewood already distributes West Cork’s products in eight markets and plans to jointly expand its global reach. The West Cork range has achieved acclaim with its West Cork Blended Whiskey, comprised of 25% Single Malt Irish Whiskey and 75%

French Fine Wine & Dining Experience at Sheen Falls Lodge

Tucked away in Kenmare Bay, and perfectly situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, Sheen Falls Lodge is a five-star luxury destination that specialises in experiences with a difference. Those in search of an autumnal escape need look no further than Sheen Falls Lodge’s exclusive French Fine Wine & Dining evening taking place on Saturday, September 24th.     Sure to impress even the world’s most established food and wine connoisseurs, this special

The Gourmet Capital claims another title

Kinsale, well known for being the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, has now earned the title as the Wedding Capital of Ireland. Five of Kinsale’s most prestigious venues opened their doors recently for the official launch. The venues came together under the banner of ‘Love Kinsale’ to showcase Ireland’s most popular wedding destination. With the support of the Kinsale Chamber of Tourism, the venues, which include Acton’s Hotel, the Trident Hotel, The

‘Cooking in The Garden’ in Dunmanway

Dunmanway Community Garden is delighted to invite you to ‘Cooking in The Garden’ an evening of superb food with Celebrity Chef Frank Moynihan in the Community Garden Sunday 24th July 2016 commencing at 3pm sharp. Presented dishes will be raffled. Children over 12 are most welcome. Tickets are available from the Dunmanway Community Garden (see Charlie) and from the Family Resource Centre or call Kirstie on 023 886 8104.

IFA writes to co-ops seeking firm milk price commitment

With co-op boards to meet from early this week to consider the price for June milk, IFA President Joe Healy and National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary have written to co-ops’ Chairmen and CEOs to ask that their request to now make a firm milk price commitment to year end be read out at the meetings.  

Food academy retail sales set to top €25 million in 2016

IT was announced at the Cork and Kerry Food Forum that retail sales from companies supported by the Food Academy programme are expected to top €25 million in 2016. The Food Academy Programme is a partnership initiative between SuperValu, Bord Bia and the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) Network, and works with and nurtures small food businesses from start up to getting their products onto supermarket shelves.

New look for stunning boutique B&B and cafe, Castletownshend Castle, West Cork

Fresh new look for West Cork gem FOR location alone, The Castle, Castletownshend must be among one of the most picturesque settings in all of West Cork. The stunning heritage property looks out onto the tranquil waters of Castlehaven, while boats bob in the water and on a summer’s day it really is like a slice of heaven. A local landmark for centuries, The Castle has operated as a B&B

Decision by Drinagh to hold May milk price to year end a welcome signal all other co-ops must heed – O’Leary

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has welcomed the decision by Drinagh Co-op, which have been consistently among the top payers in a particularly difficult year, to not only hold their May milk price in the face of a 0.5c/l Carbery cut, but to commit to this price to year end. This is the type of signal which, as markets have begun to recover, dairy farmers need to restore

A feast on the streets of Bantry

BANTRY joined in with the other 1,163 hosts of “Street Feast” nationwide recently. Street Feast- a national day of non-profit community lunch is an incentive to build stronger community networks over the simple principle of sharing food and conversations.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara launch inaugural Seafood Sector Awards to celebrate the best in the Irish seafood sector

BORD Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the seafood development agency recently announced the inaugural BIM Seafood Sector Awards. The BIM Awards will seek to find the finest fishermen, fish farmers, processors and retailers in Ireland’s renowned seafood sector. The awards are open for entrants and the winners will be announced at a gala evening on November 17th in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin. 

Strategy for the future for Cork food launched

A COUNTYWIDE food strategy for Cork was launched at County Hall recently. “Taste Cork” is a unique initiative which aims to create a thriving food network for the region by linking and promoting producers, retailers, foodservice operators, and distributors. The launch of the strategy marks the beginning of a five year working plan to guide all food related projects throughout Cork.

Seattle’s Best Coffee comes to Clonakilty

HARTE’S Spar in Clonakilty has become the 100th store to offer the “Seattle’s Best Coffee” concept, developed in the Irish convenience market by working in close partnership with BWG and their group retailers in order to give their customers a consistently quality tasting coffee on every occasion.

Sheep’s Head Producers Market AGM

ON Tuesday 15th March the AGM for the Sheep’s Head Producers Market was held at The Old Creamery Café, Kilcrohane. The current SHPM Steering Group, consisting of Lorna Finnegan, Gill Baggot, Jemima Wallis-Eade, Corina Thornton and David Johnson are joined by re-elected members Marilyn Wallis- Eade and Janette Armstrong, returning members Matt Mills and Niamh Egerton and new to the Steering Group Patrick Neill, all of whom were elected unopposed.

Kalbos named best cafe in Cork

by John Bohane Kalbos Cafe in Skibbereen town was recently crowned Best Cafe in Cork at the Irish Restaurant awards which were held in the Malton Hotel, Killarney. Kalbos Cafe were recognised for their beautiful produce and maintaining their consistently high standards which ensures they were deservedly crowned the Best Cafe in Cork. Siobhan Boyle, who is the proprietor at Kalbos Cafe was thrilled with their award.

Davitt’s in Kenmare wins CIE Tours award

DAVITT’S Restaurant & Bar in Kenmare has won a prestigious CIE Tours International Award of Excellence for 2015 for its lunches. The CIE Tours awards, which are in their 26th year, were announced at a ceremony in Dublin Castle recently.