NOBODY went hungry in Bantry over the weekend as the Bantry Bay Festival of Food got underway on Sunday morning.

With the sun shining and fantastic aromas wafting in the morning air, the local food producers began to set up their stalls for the day ahead.

Hundreds of hungry people were expected and the organisers were not disappointed as the crowds began to arrive almost as soon as the festival got underway. ‘We are delighted with the turnout. The atmosphere is electric and everybody is looking forward to a very busy and tasty day,’ organiser Hannah Dare from Organico said.

As well as the numerous stalls selling mouth-watering fresh food like cakes, handmade chocolate, BBQ pork, freshly-made pizza, Thai food, juices, salads, fresh coffee, handmade fudge, carrageen pudding and lots more, there was also a chance to watch a few of the local chefs and food producers in action at the cookery demo tent.

“The cookery demos are proving very popular with the crowd, not only are we getting a chance to see the experts in action and perhaps pick up a tip or two but there are also lots of samples to try at the end,” Hannah continued.

At the cookery demos, Henry Hegarty from Wokabout showed just how you could recreate his wonderful Thai-inspired recipes at home.

Rachel Dare from Organico prepared some wonderful salads, while Pat Kiely from O’Connor’s Seafood Restaurant showcased some of the best local prawns and mussels fresh from Bantry Bay. New food producer Caroline Crowley, from Seaside Kitchen, cooked with seaweed harvested from the shoreline on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula and made her popular carrageen moss pudding.

Then, Benoit from Lorge Chocolates in Bonane gave a fascinating talk on all things chocolate. Luckily for everyone attending the demo, Benoit had plenty of samples, which were very well received indeed.

“I would like to thank all the stallholders who took part here today. It was a wonderful day and I am sure that nobody when home hungry,” Hannah concluded.