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German version of ‘Come Dine With Me’ films in Coolea

THE German version of the popular reality TV show Come Dine With Me is filming in Coolea, West Cork. Called Das Perfekte Dinner (meaning ‘The Perfect Dinner’), five amateur German chefs are taking part in an ‘Ireland special’, which is airing to almost 1.4 million viewers at primetime every evening this week on VOX (German nationwide TV channel). Filming for the episode in Coolea took place on 9th September.

18 companies shortlisted for inaugural ILDN Local Development Enterprise Awards 2016

Inspirational entrepreneurs are to be recognised by the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) Inaugural Enterprise Awards at the Gibson Hotel on 15 September 2016.  Some of the entrepreneurs shortlisted were made redundant or lost their jobs during the recession.  All of the entrepreneurs have now created their own jobs and are supporting others in employment as a result of the support they received from the local development companies, the Back

Food, Fiction, Fads & Phonies talk in Clonakilty

As part of A Taste of West Cork, award winning food producer Avril Allshire-Howe and her committee of fellow food lovers are hosting ‘Food, Fiction, Fads & Phonies’ on Thursday, 15thSeptember, 9am. The event will take place in the National  Seafood Centre (NSC) Auditorium which is located at Clogheen, Clonakilty. The conference will focus on several aspects of myths & facts and the importance to make educated decisions. Outspoken and a strong supporter of the artisan movement, Avril

Macroom Food Festival 2016 – Food, glorious food and lots of fun in store this September!  

When: Thursday 22nd Friday 23rd Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016 Where: Food, drink and entertainment events will take place at a number of indoor and outdoor venues across the town centre, including the Main Square, the Castle Hotel, various pubs, cafés and restaurants, Town Hall, Leisure Centre and Riverside Park Hotel. What: Food, glorious food, music and fun for all the family: a vintage tea dance, a tasting

The Happy Pear at Girls Only Weekend at the Celtic Ross in aid of the Irish Cancer Society

NOW in its 9th year the annual Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Weekend in West Cork is the only one of its kind in the country! This exceptional weekend is in aid of Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society and takes place at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery from 7th – 9th October. The Happy Pear duo of Stephen and David Flynn will have their

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.