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Jack & Jill Foundation launch Little Ones appeal

MasterChef presenter Nick Munier with Orlaith O’Sullivan from Montforts College at the launch of The Little Ones Appeal 2014 at The River Lee Hotel, Cork. The Jack & Jill Foundation are calling on restaurants nationwide to participate in the Little Ones scheme throughout November and December whereby diners are encouraged to add a voluntary donation of just €1 to their bill at the end of their meal. Picture: Emma Jervis

The Flour of Macroom cookbook launched

THE Macroom Youthreach Centre for Education launched their cookbook The Flour of Macroom at the launch night of the Macroom Food Festival in the Riverside Park Hotel recently. The cookbook was devised by students as part of their enterprise project and includes recipes contributed by students as well as community chefs. Local businesses kindly contributed tasty recipes for readers to enjoy as it was all in aid of a very

Showtime for West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way in Belgium

SOME 750,000 Belgians are tuning in to West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way on one of the country’s most popular weekly travel shows, called Vlaanderen Vakantieland meaning “Flanders on Holiday”. Tourism Ireland invited VRT – a national Belgian TV network – to film along the Wild Atlantic Way this summer. The crew captured footage for four different episodes – which are airing this month in Belgium and are being

Launch of The Flour of Macroom cookbook

THE Macroom Youthreach Centre for Education launched their cookbook The Flour of Macroom at the launch night of the Macroom Food Festival in the Riverside Park Hotel recently. The cookbook was devised by students as part of their enterprise project and includes recipes contributed by students as well as community chefs. Local businesses kindly contributed tasty recipes for readers to enjoy as it was all in aid of a very

Kinsale gears up for Gourmet Festival

THE 38th Kinsale Gourmet Festival guarantees a sparkle in Cork’s leading food lovers’ destination from 10th-12th October 2014, offering a weekend of fun, conviviality, fine food and wines. Saturday and Sunday’s events, hosted by Kinsale’s ten Good Food Circle restaurants, with sponsorship from Cork County Council, are already booked out, but there are still some tickets left for Friday evening’s opening reception and dinner, while everyone is welcome to the

Clonakilty Black Pudding is a model for local sustainable jobs says MEP

Deirdre Clune, Ireland South MEP, last week met with the owners of Clonakilty Black Pudding at the National Ploughing Championships and has praised the company as an example of how we can create local sustainable jobs in Cork. “Clonakilty Black Pudding is going from strength to strength. They are one of a growing number of food producers from the Cork area that are creating jobs, opening export markets and driving

€10bn food & drink exports helping to drive recovery

NEW figures show that exports have increased by 40% since 2009. The figures are contained in the fourth annual progress report on the implementation of Food Harvest 2020. West Cork TD Michael McCarthy welcomed the figures saying, “With export-led growth driving the economic recovery, the promotion of Irish goods and services overseas is more important than ever. Food and beverage exports have achieved remarkable success, and were valued at €10.3

Macroom Food Festival 2014

Now in its third year the Macroom Food Festival promises to be even better then ever with a jam-packed line up of events for foodies and the whole family. The festival will have something for everyone. Highlights include: An Artisan Affair at the Riverside Park Hotel showcasing Macroom’s finest eateries and local food producers – This twelve-course tasting extravaganza begins with a Prosecco reception followed by live music and dancing