GUEST CHEF AT RICHY’S RESTAURANT AND ‘R’ CAFE
Sep
8
7:00 pm19:00

GUEST CHEF AT RICHY’S RESTAURANT AND ‘R’ CAFE

Richy’s Restaurant and ‘R’ Cafe, Wolfe Tone St, Clonakilty 7PM | € 50 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 023-8821852

Chef Matt Williamson, formerly of the Happy Pear, will cook up a (mainly vegetarian) extravaganza in Richys Restaurant and R Cafe.  The evening will be an organic tasting journey of vibrantly coloured vegetables and intense flavours.

A GREAT ARRANGEMENT
Sep
8
7:30 pm19:30

A GREAT ARRANGEMENT

  • A GREAT ARRANGEMENT

MICHAEL COLLINS, KITTY KIERNAN AND THE FORGING OF A NATION – A PLAY BY PATRICK TALBOT Skibbereen Town Hall, Skibbereen 7.30PM | €18/€15 CONCESSION TICKETS FROM THORNHILL ELECTRICAL, SKIBBEREEN | 028-22557

A Great Arrangement, written by the former CEO and artistic director of the Everyman Theatre, Patrick Talbot, is inspired by the letter correspondence between Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan, as well as Collins’ gripping speeches. Collins maintained a lengthy correspondence with Kiernan when he was in London during the Treaty negotiations. They wrote to each other almost every day. Some 300 of these letters were displayed in Cork Public Museum in 2000, offering an insight into some of the most important figures in Irish politics in the turbulent years that followed.  The ‘great arrangement’ referenced in the play’s title is a phrase that Collins used to describe an imagined scenario of the two sitting side-by-side at a fireplace late in their lives. Sadly, it would never come to pass.  Mr Talbot paints a compelling portrait of the couple, as well as of Ireland in the aftermath of the War of Independence, as the country slid irrevocably into civil war. In addition to the personal letters, Mr Talbot draws on the extracts from the Dáil Treaty debate and newspaper accounts of the period. 

CLONAKILTY FARMERS MARKET
Sep
9
9:00 am09:00

CLONAKILTY FARMERS MARKET

  • Recorders Alley, Clonakilty Ireland

Recorders Alley, Clonakilty/9.00am-2.00pm/Free

Clonakilty Farmers Market takes place every Friday in Recorders Alley - a small laneway that connects Pearse Street to Kent Street car park. This regular market offers a wide range of locally grown organic produce, delicious hot food, fresh home baking, plants and locally made crafts.

Contact : 087 677 5600

BANTRY COUNTRY MARKET
Sep
9
9:00 am09:00

BANTRY COUNTRY MARKET

  • Blackrock Ln Bantry, Cork Ireland

The Square, Bantry/9.00-1.00/Free

Bantry Country Market is one of the most vibrant markets in West Cork, never more so than on the first Friday of the month.  Hosting an abundance of stalls selling a vast array of local produce that will make your mouth water, there are also extensive bric a brac stalls, and locally produced craft stalls.  The atmosphere is always buzzing and this is one not to be missed.

FOCUS ON THE FOOD
Sep
9
Sep 18

FOCUS ON THE FOOD

  • West Cork Hotel

Sally Barnes & Avril Allshire's Brunch Morning

West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen/ 10am/€10pp/ Booking essential /028 21277

Award winning artisan food producers, Sally Barnes (Woodcock Smokery) andAvril Allshire (Caherbeg Farm and Rosscarbery Recipes)  will demonstrate a few of their own unique brunchrecipes, usingtheir internationally acclaimed smoked fish and pork products.  The brunch will include these tasty dishes in addition to the Cork Hotel’sown take on a West Cork brunch.

SKIBBEREEN COUNTRY MARKET
Sep
9
11:30 am11:30

SKIBBEREEN COUNTRY MARKET

  • Abbeystrewry Hall, Skibbereen Ireland

Abbeystrewry Hall, Skibbereen/11.30-2.00/Free

The weekly Friday morning market in Abbeystrewry Hall offers a wide selection of local home baked cakes, breads, jams and many more tasty treats. 

A DELUXE TASTE OF WEST CORK WEEKEND
Sep
9
Sep 11

A DELUXE TASTE OF WEST CORK WEEKEND

  • INCHYDONEY ISLAND LODGE & SPA, CLONAKILTY

Inchydonry Island lodge and spa , Clonakilty/ From €245 per person/ Check in after 2pm. Booking essential

Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa - an ideal base from which to experiencea Taste of West Cork Food Festival - is delighted to offer a deluxe Taste of West Cork week end.  Enjoy two nights’ accommodation in a deluxe room, with a welcome drink of local apple Tawney, a full West Cork breakfast each morning,  dinner on Saturday evening and complimentary access to the Seawater therapy pool andOcean View relaxation areas.

‘SPLENDOURS OF THE SEA’ PIZZA AFTERNOON
Sep
9
2:00 pm14:00

‘SPLENDOURS OF THE SEA’ PIZZA AFTERNOON

  • The Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop, Union Hall/2.00-7.00pm/€10/Booking Advised

The Coffee Shop and in-house bakery in Union Hall will be serving their delicious stone-baked pizzas, topped with the finest Union Hall fresh seafood.  Available all afternoon at this special price for A Taste of West Cork visitors.

Phone: 028 33809/coffeeshopunionhall@gmail.com/facebook.com/Thecoffeeshopunionhall

WEST CORK WHALE WATCHING
Sep
9
2:00 pm14:00

WEST CORK WHALE WATCHING

  • Aquaventures

Aquaventures, Baltimore/2.00pm/€40.00

This season has seen the most spectacular sea life in the waters off Baltimore -  basking sharks, minke whales, dolphins and during the festival (September) is when the giant fin whales – the second largest animal on earth – come to West Cork.  Acrobatic humpback whales can often be seen cavortingin the ocean.  Several kinds of dolphin, some of which perform spontaneous airborne displays alongside the moving boat, are regularly seen on these boat trips.  Aquaventures will take you on a memorable trip out into the Atlantic, leaving from the sheltered harbour of Baltimore, where perhaps you might see a giant basking shark swimming lazily along the shoreline,  or catch a glimpse of an ocean sunfish fin or blue shark cutting the surface. 

Booking essential:  028 20511 or 087 796 1456

EAST TO WEST CORK CHOCOLATES
Sep
9
3:00 pm15:00

EAST TO WEST CORK CHOCOLATES

  • Organico

Organico, Bantry/Free/ 3-4pm/Booking essential

Organico will host a demonstration by Wilkies Chocolates – how to make delicious mouth-watering real hot chocolate!  

LAUNCH OF 2017 FORAGED FOOD CALENDAR
Sep
9
3:30 pm15:30

LAUNCH OF 2017 FORAGED FOOD CALENDAR

Glebe Gardens, Baltimore 3.30-5.30 PM | FREE | 087 0667871

To launch the 2017 Kilcoe Studios calendar which features illustrations of wild and foraged foods, Sonia Caldwell will recount her experiences during this project, of the painting, collecting and eating of edible wild plants. This will be followed by a botanical painting demonstration where Sonia will share her drawing tips. (why not stay on for  a spot of foraging in Glebe Gardens followed by a well deserved cocktail!)

THE JOLLY ROGER
Sep
9
6:00 pm18:00

THE JOLLY ROGER

Sherkin Island FROM 6.00PM | 028 20662

Under the new proprietorship of Deirdre and Jez Youell, the Jolly Roger hosts an evening of jolly good craic, with excellent music,  tastings  of West Cork beverages, West Cork cheeses and charcuterie in the atmospheric setting of the iconic Jolly Roger, a traditional island pub!

ITS ALL ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS -  FORAGING
Sep
9
6:00 pm18:00

ITS ALL ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS - FORAGING

  • Glebe Gardens

Glebe Gardens, Baltimore/6.00pm-7.30pm/€10/booking essential


Join Jean Perry and Charlie McCarthy (Its All About the Cocktail) for a guided foraging  tour of the magnificent Glebe Gardens.  Discover which locally foraged  indigenous plants will be used in the cocktail making master class.  *


A TASTE OF WEST CORK SEAFOOD PLATTER
Sep
9
Sep 11

A TASTE OF WEST CORK SEAFOOD PLATTER

  • An Sugan

An Sugan, Clonakilty/€25/7.00pm/Booking essential/028 8833719

From the 9th to the 11th of September An Sugan will be offering a West Cork Seafood platter of Bantry Bay Mussels, Union Hall Smoked Salmon, Dublin Bay Prawns and local crab from Ring Pier, served with An Sugan brown Bread and a glass of St Roch French Chardonnay

A TASTE OF MALAYSIA
Sep
9
7:00 pm19:00

A TASTE OF MALAYSIA

  • The Harbour Bar

The Harbour Bar, Leap/7.00pm

Prepare to embarkon a culinary journey as James and his team at The Harbour Bar prepare a tantalising delicious aromatic Malaysian feast, presenting an authentic menu of spicy and flavourful dishes, all prepared with West Cork’s finest ingredients.

Contact : 028 34111

TASTING MENU & IRISH BEVERAGE SHOWCASE
Sep
9
7:00 pm19:00

TASTING MENU & IRISH BEVERAGE SHOWCASE

Mews Restaurant, Baltimore 7.30PM | €95 |  BOOKING ESSENTIAL : WWW.MEWSRESTAURANT.IE

The first of four nights - the much acclaimed Mews Restaurant (winner of Irish Times Meal of the Year 2015) reopens after a busy season for four nights only during A Taste of West Cork.  The Mews will present a six course tasting menu featuring the best of West Cork ingredients, paired with selected Irish beverages and wines from Irish wine makers. Each evening, guest speakers will introduce the food and the paired drink.  Bookings via website only.

ALL ABOUT THE COCKTAIL COCKTAIL MASTER CLASS
Sep
9
7:30 pm19:30

ALL ABOUT THE COCKTAIL COCKTAIL MASTER CLASS

Glebe Gardens, Baltimore 7.30-9.30PM | €50* | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 20579

Following on from the foraging in Glebe Gardens, move to the Glebe  Café,  for  a welcome ‘foraged’ Cocktail.  Charlie McCarthy will give an introduction to cocktail making – the techniques, the terms  and the intricacies involved in making the perfect cocktail.  Each table will make (and taste) five cocktails, which will include the innovative use of foraged ingredients.  *Discounts for individuals/couples/groups who wish to experience the foraging + tapas + cocktails.

ALL ABOUT THE FLAVOUR: TAPAS PLATTERS AT THE GLEBE
Sep
9
7:30 pm19:30

ALL ABOUT THE FLAVOUR: TAPAS PLATTERS AT THE GLEBE

Glebe Gardens, Baltimore 7.30-9.30PM | PRICE PER PLATE | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 20579

Glebe Gardens will serve delicious tapas platters - little mouthfuls bursting with  flavour - featuring foraged ingredients, and other delicious West Cork produce - to savour on while sipping cocktails during the Cocktail master class.

 

10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Sep
9
9:30 pm21:30

10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

BANDON FARMERS MARKET Bandon’s Farmers Market, Bandon 9.30AM-2PM | FREE

This year, Bandon Farmer’s Market is celebrating ten fantastic years of trading in the town. Launched in April 2006, this weekly market has thrived and grown over a decade. Original stallholders have been joined by a new wave of producers and cooks, to make a lively collection of traders offering locally grown and produced foods every Saturday morning. To celebrate its tenth birthday, the market will be hosting an exciting anniversary day, as part of the Taste of West Cork Food Festival. Lots of action planned, with spot prizes, some special foodie guests and talks, kids events and a surprise  or two lined up! Live music and lots of the great local food, Bandon Market is loved by market regulars and visitors

COOKING FOR ONE -  One day demonstration
Sep
10
10:00 am10:00

COOKING FOR ONE - One day demonstration

  • Good Things at Dillons Corner, Skibbereen

Good Things at Dillons Corner, Skibbereen/10am - 5.30pm / €160pp - 16 Places/Booking essential -  price includes morning coffee, lunch with a glass of wine and afternoon tea.

 

This class, presented by Carmel Somers, will cover a two week menu of dishes ideal for the busy person to make. There will be a balance of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. This class is also ideal for students, as they will learn how to plan and avoid wasting food and money. Most importantly, learn how to save dinner from going to waste if your evening plans change. Cooking for one is always a challenge - it is easy to develop a habit of repeating dishes in the week which leads to cooking and eating becoming unexciting -  this one day demonstration class will provide inspiration for delicious meals – making cooking for one a pleasure!

SKIBBEREEN FARMERS MARKET with music by Elvis and ‘The Other Side’
Sep
10
10:00 am10:00

SKIBBEREEN FARMERS MARKET with music by Elvis and ‘The Other Side’

Fairfield Car Park, Skibbereen/10.00-2.00/Free

This iconic market takes place every Saturday morning.  Meander through a wide selection of stalls and discover a wonderful selection of fresh local produce, including organic fruit and vegetables, herbs, plants, eggs and honey, preserves, bread, olives, cakes, organic meat, cheese, fish and shellfish.

WEST CORK FUN CYCLE
Sep
10
Sep 11

WEST CORK FUN CYCLE

Centra, Enniskeane 11AM | FREE | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 023 884 7303

O’Donovan’s Kitchen and Bakery will keep you pedalling with their delicious home-made breads and cakes – so much more than just baking!   Be ready to pedal at 11.00am from the car park at Centra, Enniskeane for a 30km cycle which will take you down laneways and by ways,  under corridors of shady trees and back to Centra Enniskeane where welcome refreshments from the O’Donovan’s  Kitchen and Bakery  will be served to restore you stamina! 

GARNISH ISLAND TOUR WITH PETER DOWDALL
Sep
10
11:00 am11:00

GARNISH ISLAND TOUR WITH PETER DOWDALL

Meet at the Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff 11AM | €18 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | EVENTBRITE

Join Peter Dowdall, garden expert and well known Irish radio and  television personality, for a tour of Garnish Island (Ilnacullin Garinish or Garnish).  Located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay,  Garnish is world renowned for its gardens, the  result of the creative partnership of Annan Bryce and Harold Peto, architect and garden designer.  This is a fantastic Italianate garden laid out in beautiful walks, and home to many rare specimens of plants not seen in Ireland. On the southern shore, the Martello tower offers breathtaking views of the bay. The very sheltered short ferry trip to the island passes Seal Island, home to a tame seal colony.

THEATRE OF FOOD
Sep
10
11:00 am11:00

THEATRE OF FOOD

  • O DONOVAN’S HOTEL

O DONOVAN’S HOTEL, CLONOKILTY/11.00am/Free – entry on a first come first served basis.

The Theatre of Food will be an extravaganza of food tastings and demonstrations from leading Clonakilty chefs and food producers. Featured will be Caitlin  Ruth, from award winning Deasy’s in Ring, Con McLoughlin from Lettercollum, April Danann, Rebel Foods,  who will give a talk on fermentation, Sally Barnes from Woodcock Smokery,  FrankFredriksen (aka 'Thirsty Frank')  Head Brewer from the Clonakilty Brewing Co with his newly launched craft beer, andMike "The Olive Man". 

INCREDIBLE EDIBLE TALK WITH MARY CLEAR
Sep
10
11:00 am11:00

INCREDIBLE EDIBLE TALK WITH MARY CLEAR

  • St Patricks National School,

St Patricks National School, Skibbereen 11AM | FREE | 089 4352675

Incredible Edible founder Mary Clear will be giving a not-tobe-missed talk at St. Patrick’s National School, Skibbereen.  The hugely successful Incredible Edible movement, founded in Todmorden in England, planted the town with edible plants using whatever space was available. Mary will discuss her experience of implementing this wonderful project, and how it could take off  across West Cork. Already supported by the West Cork Garden Trail, Cork County Council and the Harold Barry Trust, with community participation ‘Incredible Edible’ has the potential to transform West Cork towns and villages.  From offices and shops planting hanging baskets with strawberries to planting roundabouts with herbs – there is a way for everyone to be  involved - and to have a lot of fun along the way.  There will also be  a tour around the school’s impressive and award -winning new garden.  Visit the Geodome, willow tunnel, amphitheatre, raised beds, wormery, composting area, insect hotel, observation areas of orchards, mixed native hedge, mini forest and a wild nature trail.  Well worth a visit.

JAZZY BRUNCH BUFFET
Sep
10
11:00 am11:00

JAZZY BRUNCH BUFFET

  • KIngfisher Bar, Celtic Ross Hotel

The Kingfisher Bar, Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery/ 11am – 1pm/€15/Booking essential

A delicious West Cork brunch buffet served with a morning cocktail, accompanied by a Jazz band.

023 88 48722

A TASTE OF WEST CORK IN SPILLERS LANE
Sep
10
12:00 pm12:00

A TASTE OF WEST CORK IN SPILLERS LANE

  • Spillers Lane Clonakilty, Cork Ireland

Spillers Lane, Clonakilty/12 noon- 4.00/Free

Spillers Lane will come alive to A Taste of West Cork with the sound of  music and excellent food.  Local producers and restaurants will gather in Spillers Lane to show case their wares. Among these will be Clonakilty Black Pudding, Lettercollum, Fernhill House Hotel, Dunmore House Hotel, Clonakilty Chocolate Company and many others. 

LUNCH AT THE CASTLE
Sep
10
12:30 pm12:30

LUNCH AT THE CASTLE

The Castle, Castletownshend 12.30-5PM | 028 36100

The Castle will serve a wonderful seafood paella made in the fire pit on the lawn overlooking the picturesque harbour of Castletownshend. Accommodation special €90 B&B.

ANNIE MAY’S TRADITIONAL SUNDAY LUNCH
Sep
10
12:30 pm12:30

ANNIE MAY’S TRADITIONAL SUNDAY LUNCH

Annie May’s Bar and Restaurant, Bridge Street, Skibbereen 12.30PM-5PM | €20 | 028 22930

Annie May’s Traditional Sunday lunch is evocative of times gone by – when families would come together for a wonderful home cooked roast lunch, with parents, grandparents and children all sitting around the family table. Prepared with the best  local  smoked fish  from Union Hall,  and vegetables and salads from local farmers markets - Annie May’s traditional Sunday lunch is an event not to be missed.  Be sure to leave a little room for the mouth wateringly good selection of home-made desserts -  just like Granny used to make - that will round off what will be a truly memorable meal.  Linger over a cup of  fresh ground coffee while savouring the warm glow that comes with being comfortably replete and content. 

A TASTE TOUR OF BERE ISLAND
Sep
10
1:00 pm13:00

A TASTE TOUR OF BERE ISLAND

Take the 1.00pm ferry to Bere Island from the pontoon (3 miles from Castletownbere on the Glengarriff road)  or the 1.30 ferry from Castletownbere - the tour bus will collect from both ferries

€8 RETURN FOR THE FERRY | €25 FOR BUS TOUR AND TASTINGS 0868182457 

This taste tour of Bere Island  combines the cultural heritage of the island and showcases the spectacular seafood served in the island restaurants. On arrival at Bere Island, experience a  taste of Bere Island scallops at the Lookout Bistro, after which the tour calls to  the Heritage Centre.  The tour then heads to the Bere Island Hotel for a taste of local mussels, before visiting the standing stone and the town land of Grenane. Onwards to the Bakehouse Cafe for a taste of Bere Island seafood chowder, and on to the military fortifications at the east end of the island.  Head back to the ferry at 4.30 – replete and refreshed by island food and island air. 

THE ISLANDERS REST BARBEQUE
Sep
10
1:00 pm13:00

THE ISLANDERS REST BARBEQUE

  • The Islanders Rest

The Islanders Rest, Sherkin Island/1.00pm-5.00pm/from €20.00

Award winning chef, Derry Clarke, will once again be behind the coals cooking up a feast in what is  a fixture in the West Cork calendar -  the annual fund raiser in aid ofthe RNLI Baltimore Lifeboat Station.  A great afternoon of excellent food and entertainment in a spectacular setting - with dramatic views from Sherkin Island across to the Baltimore Beacon, and the sweeping seascape of the Atlantic Ocean.

Contact: 028 20116

A TASTE OF WEST CORK FOOD FORUM
Sep
10
2:00 pm14:00

A TASTE OF WEST CORK FOOD FORUM

TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGY - THE WEST CORK 2016 RISING! SPONSORED BY SEAN AND ROSE O’DRISCOLL Baltimore Sailing Club, Baltimore 2-5PM | FREE | ALL ARE WELCOME, PARTICULARLY THOSE INVOLVED WITH TOURISM

The Cork Strategic Tourism Task Force has recently published its strategy document entitled “Visit Cork – Growing Tourism in Cork a Collective Strategy “. To speak on this “ strategy for West Cork” we are delighted to welcome Tim Lucey CEO Cork County Council; Niall Gibbons CEO Tourism Ireland who will discuss “overseas marketing development for west Cork”; Sean O’Driscoll , President Glen Dimplex  who will speak on “economic opportunity for west Cork” and  Trish Deseine, food writer and author  who will discuss “ a vision of food development for west Cork”. The forum will be chaired by Lord David Puttnam

COOKING DEMONSTRATION LEARN TO COOK SEAFOOD WITH CONFIDENCE
Sep
10
2:00 pm14:00

COOKING DEMONSTRATION LEARN TO COOK SEAFOOD WITH CONFIDENCE

Poachers Cookery School, Clonakilty Road, Bandon 2-4PM| €60PP | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 023 884 1159

Poachers, one of Ireland’s leading seafood restaurants, is also home to Ireland’s only Seafood Cookery School. Join Chef/Tutor/ Owner Barry McLaughlin for a seafood cookery demonstration (with lots of tasting). Learn to cook seafood with confidence! 

FORAGING AT TURK HEAD
Sep
10
2:00 pm14:00

FORAGING AT TURK HEAD

Brown Envelope Seeds, Turk Head, Skibbereen 2-4PM | FREE | BOOKING ESSENTIAL |  083 187 4637

Madeline McKeever of Brown Envelope Seeds, with April Danann, Rebel Foods, will host an afternoon of foraging at Turk Head.  Discover the abundant edibles that can be found in the hedgerows on the Turk Head peninsular

WEST CORK HARVEST CARNIVAL
Sep
10
4:00 pm16:00

WEST CORK HARVEST CARNIVAL

  • West Cork Hotel

West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen/4PM-10PM/Admission on the door/ €5/ 028 21277

 Kick off the Taste of West Cork Food Festival in style at the West Cork Hotel’s Harvest Carnival. This evening promises to be full of fun for all the family. Highlights includes a delicious roast pig on the spit and pop up  food stalls selling freshly prepared bites to eat prepared by our Head Chef Christian Pozimski, local breweries showcasing their micro beers and ciders, and games for the kids (big & small). Celebrate in true harvest style by dancing the evening away to live Bluegrass bands and local DJs.

KEITH FLOYD’S LIBRARY: RARE COOKERY BOOK WORKSHOP SERIES PART II
Sep
10
4:30 pm16:30

KEITH FLOYD’S LIBRARY: RARE COOKERY BOOK WORKSHOP SERIES PART II

Urru Culinary Store, Bandon 4.30PM | €6 INCLUDING KEITH FLOYD INSPIRED SNACKS | 023 8854731

Keith Floyd was one of the early “Celebrity Chefs” of the modern era. His character was as colourful as his cooking and having made his home in Kinsale, there are many great local stories and recipes to share and discover. Keith’s considerable collection of cookery books were left to Una Crosbie, formerly of Glassy Alley Cork Restaurant fame and presently proprietor of Food U in Kinsale, private cook and renowned soup and salad producer. Una is very generously sharing her collection. Food Writer Dianne Curtin will chair the workshop. If you are a fan of Keith Floyd or just curious to hear more, come along to this participative workshop

SAIL INTO THE SETTING SUN: SUNSET FASTNET TOUR WITH SEAFOOD TASTING AND SLEEP OVER
Sep
10
5:30 pm17:30

SAIL INTO THE SETTING SUN: SUNSET FASTNET TOUR WITH SEAFOOD TASTING AND SLEEP OVER

The Stone House B&B, Baltimore 5.30PM | €40 CRUISE ONLY OR €100 FOR CRUISE, LIGHT SUPPER ON BOARD, ACCOMMODATION AT STONE HOUSE ON B&B BASIS BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 087-7961456

Cruise to the iconic Fastnet Rock with Aquaventures on board the Wave Chieftain.  Watch the sun sink below the horizon as you savour delicious seafood  and sip on wine.  On return to Baltimore, stay overnight at the award winning Stone House Bed and Breakfast,  renowned for great breakfast choices and home baking. (Cruise is subject to weather and minimum numbers). www.aquaventures.ie/www.thestonehousebnb.ie

A TASTE OF THE SEA – THREE CASTLE HEAD
Sep
10
6:00 pm18:00

A TASTE OF THE SEA – THREE CASTLE HEAD

Three Castle Head Cafe, near Barley Cove, Goleen 6PM | €20PP | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 35760

Visit Lukas and Joanne Ungerers’ Cafe situated on their large organic sheep  farm perched on the rugged cliffs at the edge of the Wild Atlantic Way at Three Castle Head, one of Ireland’s most south westerly peninsulas, with stunning panoramic views of Dunlough Bay and the Mizen Head. After the Three Castle Head walk replenish your energy and indulge your taste buds with a deliciously tasty seafood stew, served with fresh baked crusty bread.

A TASTE OF THE SEA – THREE CASTLE HEAD
Sep
10
6:00 pm18:00

A TASTE OF THE SEA – THREE CASTLE HEAD

Three Castle Head Cafe, near Barley Cove, Goleen 6PM | €20PP | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 35760

Visit Lukas and Joanne Ungerers’ Cafe situated on their large organic sheep  farm perched on the rugged cliffs at the edge of the Wild Atlantic Way at Three Castle Head, one of Ireland’s most south westerly peninsulas, with stunning panoramic views of Dunlough Bay and the Mizen Head. After the Three Castle Head walk replenish your energy and indulge your taste buds with a deliciously tasty seafood stew, served with fresh baked crusty bread.

A TASTE OF WEST CORK AWARDS DINNER
Sep
10
6:30 pm18:30

A TASTE OF WEST CORK AWARDS DINNER

  • Baltimore Sailing Club,

Baltimore Sailing Club, Baltimore/6.30/€30/ Booking Essential

Dinner Speaker :  Jeremy Irons (West Cork love affair)

The prestigious Belling West Cork Artisan Food Awards will be presented by Sean and Rose O’Driscoll of Glen Dimplex/Belling Limited.  The Belling Artisan Food Awards are awarded in three categories: The Originals, The Newcomers and The Student Bursary.  The specially created menu will feature a three course meal showcasing West Cork artisan food.  

A TASTE OF WEST CORK BUFFET
Sep
10
6:30 pm18:30

A TASTE OF WEST CORK BUFFET

  • The Stuffed Olive,

The Stuffed Olive, 2a Bridge Street, Bantry

6-9pm/ €25 / Booking essential/ 027 55883

The Stuffed Olive are passionate about good food made with locally sourced produce.  Using West Cork meat, fish and fresh produce the Stuffed Olive will present a West Cork Buffet, including delicious desserts, with every mouthful guaranteed to be bursting with flavour.

A TASTE OF WEST CORK TASTING MENU
Sep
10
7:00 pm19:00

A TASTE OF WEST CORK TASTING MENU

Gulfstream Restaurant, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa 7.00PM | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 023 882 1100

Indulge in a delicious culinary tasting journey of West Cork savouring the Taste of West Cork Tasting Menu in the Gulfstream Restaurant.   See Friday 9th September for weekend  accommodation special at Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa.

INCREDIBLE EDIBLE BARN BANQUET INCREDIBLE EDIBLE WEST CORK GARDEN TRAIL COMPETITION AWARDS DINNER  WITH MARY CLEAR
Sep
10
7:00 pm19:00

INCREDIBLE EDIBLE BARN BANQUET INCREDIBLE EDIBLE WEST CORK GARDEN TRAIL COMPETITION AWARDS DINNER WITH MARY CLEAR

Brown Envelope Seeds, Turk Head, Skibbereen 7PM | FREE (POT LUCK –BRING AND SHARE) | 083 187 4637

To celebrate the seasons growing harvest and to name the winners of the inaugural Incredible Edible West Cork Garden Trail Competition, join Mary Clear of Incredible Edible and The Brown Envelope Seeds team for a ‘pot luck’ Barn Banquet.  Bring a dish to share -  made with   the ‘chefable’ edible produce grown during the competition to make things even tastier! If you are a musician – bring your instrument!  Delicious food will be followed by an evening of beautiful music and dancing.

 

A TASTE OF WEST CORK SEAFOOD PLATTER
Sep
10
7:00 pm19:00

A TASTE OF WEST CORK SEAFOOD PLATTER

An Sugan, Clonakilty 7.00PM | €25 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 8833719

An Sugan’s special of a West Cork Seafood platter and An Sugan brown Bread served with a complimentary glass of St Roch French Chardonnay continues.

TASTING MENU & IRISH BEVERAGE SHOWCASE
Sep
10
7:30 pm19:30

TASTING MENU & IRISH BEVERAGE SHOWCASE

Mews Restaurant, Baltimore 7.30PM | €95 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | WWW.MEWSRESTAURANT.IE

For the second night - the much acclaimed Mews Restaurant (winner of Irish Times Meal of the Year 2015) will present a six course tasting menu featuring the best of West Cork ingredients, paired with selected Irish beverages and wines from Irish wine makers. Bookings via website only.

 

OPEN ‘RYDER CUP’ FUN GOLF EVENT
Sep
10
10:30 pm22:30

OPEN ‘RYDER CUP’ FUN GOLF EVENT

Skibbereen and West Carbery Golf Club, Skibbereen 10:30AM | €15 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL BY 8TH SEPTEMBER | 028 21227

The ‘Ryder Cup’ comes to West Cork – be sure to be in with a shot! Gather your team of three – mens, ladies or mixed -  for a shotgun start at 10.30.  After play, enjoy a West Cork tea (with tasty West Cork snacks) specially selected and prepared by the team at the Sibin Bar & Restaurant.

LOUGH HYNE TO THE SEA
Sep
11
10:00 am10:00

LOUGH HYNE TO THE SEA

Atlantic Sea Kayaking : Meet at Lough Hyne Car Park, Skibbereen /€55.00/10.00am-1.00pm/Booking essential

Embark on a journey to the sea, via the narrows of Lough Hyne, Ireland's only sea lake. This kayak adventure will traverse the lake and travel down the narrows out to the sea to explore sea caves and encounter marine life. This trip is timed so that the kayaks leave the lake on the tide and return on the turn of the tide,  back into Lough Hyne. 

Duration: 3 hours

Contact:  028 21058 or email info@atlanticseakayaking.com

MUSIC BRUNCH IN GLEBE GARDENS
Sep
11
10:00 am10:00

MUSIC BRUNCH IN GLEBE GARDENS

Glebe Gardens, Baltimore/10.00/Booking essential
 

Treat yourself to brunch with  delicious pastries and bread produced in the Glebe bakery while you relax in the tranquillity of Glebe Gardens, enjoying the music.
 

Contact: 028 20579

 

SCHULL COUNTRY  MARKET
Sep
11
10:00 am10:00

SCHULL COUNTRY MARKET

  • peir road car park, schull ireland

Pier Road Car Park, Schull/10.00am – 2.00pm

Visit Schull Country Market andchoose from a unique selection of locally-produced foods and crafts, all presented by the people who made them. Pick up some delicious food for a seaside picnic, enjoy a home-baked cake or scone, or take some locally-smoked bacon home for tea!

THE MIZEN EXPERIENCE LUNCH SPECIAL
Sep
11
10:30 am10:30

THE MIZEN EXPERIENCE LUNCH SPECIAL

The Mizen Experience/10.30am-5.00pm/Family ticket €18.00

Irelands most south westerly point.  Visit the award winning Maritime Museum and Heritage Attraction. For festival visitors, the Mizen Cafe will offer A Taste of West Cork Food Festival special of a West Cork Cheese Platter featuring locally produced Gubbeen Cheese, Durrus Cheese and seasonal West Cork Salad.

Contact: 028 35115

PIZZA PARTY
Sep
11
12:30 pm12:30

PIZZA PARTY

Dunmanway Community Garden (Behind the Astro-turf, Tonafora, Bantry Road, Dunmanway) 12.30-2.30 | €10 PER FAMILY | 023 886 8104

Dunmanway Community Garden, managed by the Family Resource Centre,  will host a pizza party for children and their parents  with games, crafts and pizza making – with produce from the garden.  The children will pick the produce to be used in the pizza, and the whole family gets to try the pizzas.  Parents must attend with their child.

FREE DEMONSTRATION OF CLASSIC CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
Sep
11
12:30 pm12:30

FREE DEMONSTRATION OF CLASSIC CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

  • cunnamore pier

 


Heir Island Ferry departs from Cunnamore Pier (4 minute trip)/12.00 noon/€6.00  returning at 1.55 or 3.55

Island Cottage, Heir Island/12.30/Free/Limited numbers to 24/ booking essential


Join John Desmond of Island Cottage for a 15 minute demonstration on how to make a delicious classic Chocolate Mousse – the demonstration will include tasting.  This is a wonderful opportunity to visit Heir Island, situated amidst Carbery’s hundred isles in magical Roaringwater Bay.  Why not bring a picnic for after the demonstration, or take a walk around this sheltered island’s diverse landscape, and discover the abundant spectacular flora and fauna and soak up the breathtaking views.


Island cottage 028 38102


More information visit website: Islandcottage.com

 

SEED SAVERS WORKSHOP
Sep
11
2:00 pm14:00

SEED SAVERS WORKSHOP

Brown Envelope Seeds, Turk Head 2-4PM | €25 | 083 1874637

Join Madeline McKeever for an afternoon workshop on saving your own vegetable seeds. Madeline  will talk about how seeds are produced, which vegetables can cross pollinate, how to harvest and clean seeds from a variety of vegetables and how to store them. 

FORAGE AND  FIND FOLLOWED BY FORAGED FOOD FEAST
Sep
11
2:30 pm14:30

FORAGE AND FIND FOLLOWED BY FORAGED FOOD FEAST

  • Emmet Square Clonakilty, Cork Ireland

Meet at Emmet Square, Clonakilty for bus to Long Strand at 2.30pm or meet at Long Strand Car Park (3.00pm) – allow 2 hours for woodland and sea-shore foraging/€20.00/Booking essential

Channel your inner hunter-gatherer on a guided walk with Chef, and forager extraordinaire,  Kevin O’Connell.  During this two-hour foragingexpedition - which includes seashore,  hedgerow and woodland foraging -  discover edibles like elderflower, sea lettuce, and nori.   After the foraging, head to the Emmet Hotel, andenjoy athree course meal which Kevin will have preparedusing wild and flavourful foraged ingredients.

For bookings contact Christopher O'Sullivan
christopherosullivan@eircom.net/ 0879016534

TRADITIONAL BARBEQUE AND LIVE MUSIC
Sep
11
5:30 pm17:30

TRADITIONAL BARBEQUE AND LIVE MUSIC

Leap Inn, Leap/from 5.30pm

Enjoy a traditional barbeque on the deck at the Leap Inn.  The Leap Inn, a traditional Irish pub, renown for good wholesome meals, will offer a wonderful spread of West Cork seafood, kebabs, burgers and much more.

Contact:  Ann Sheehan – 028 33668

 

SEAFOOD & WINE NIGHT
Sep
11
Oct 11

SEAFOOD & WINE NIGHT

  • The Ocean Restaurant

The Ocean Restaurant, Maritime Hotel, Bantry/ Available from 6pm – 9pm/ €35 per person/Pre-Booking Essential

Dine in the Ocean Restaurant, winner of the Best Eco Friendly Restaurant in Ireland 2015.  Delight your taste buds with sumptuous five course seafood extravaganza,  featuring  the finest locally caught seafood, prepared by Head Chef, Adrian Biffen and his team, served with a complimentary glass of wine. 

Contact: 02754700

PIG ON A SPIT
Sep
11
6:00 pm18:00

PIG ON A SPIT

  • Jacobs

Jacobs on the Square, Baltimore/€10 (includes glass of wine/from 6pm

The Square in Baltimore will crackle with the aroma of succulent pork -  tantalising your taste buds.  As the sun slowly slips behind the islands and Baltimore is bathed in glory, enjoy a sumptuous feast of expertly prepared succulent Pig on a Spit. Prepare to linger and dance the night away to the music on the Square.

Contact :  028 20600

THE MENU COOKS WEST CORK
Sep
11
6:30 pm18:30

THE MENU COOKS WEST CORK

  • Kalbos @ the Uillinn & the West Cork Arts Centre

Kalbos @ the Uillinn & the West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen/6.30pm /€45.00

Siobhan O’Callaghan, Chef/Proprietor of Kalbo’s @The Uillinn Centre, hosts guest chef and food writer Joe McNamee, in a reprise of last year’s highly successful event at the West Cork Arts Centre, in Skibbereen.  Beginning with al fresco cocktails in the courtyard, McNamee will then serve up an evening of tasting dishes featuring the very finest local West Cork produce—plus a few special additions from further afield in the County!—with many of the star ingredients having featured in his popular food column, The Menu, in the Irish Examiner Weekend magazine.  Wine can be purchased on the night. Unfortunately it will not be possible to cater for special dietary requirements.

 028 21515. Booking essential. Numbers limited

A TASTE OF WEST CORK SEAFOOD PLATTER
Sep
11
7:00 pm19:00

A TASTE OF WEST CORK SEAFOOD PLATTER

An Sugan, Clonakilty 7PM | €25 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 8833719

The final night of  An Sugan’s special West Cork Seafood platter served with a complimentary glass of St Roch French Chardonnay.

1930’S THEMED DINNER CELEBRATING  80 YEARS OF FOOD AND HOSPITALITY AT GOUGANE BARRA HOTEL 1936-2016
Sep
11
7:00 pm19:00

1930’S THEMED DINNER CELEBRATING 80 YEARS OF FOOD AND HOSPITALITY AT GOUGANE BARRA HOTEL 1936-2016

Gougane Barra Hotel, Gougane Barra, Ballingeary €49 | 7PM PRE DINNER SHERRY RECEPTION | 026 47069

The Gougane Barra Hotel will host a wonderful  evening reminiscent  of a bygone era, 80 years ago, when Neil Lucey’s grandparents Connie and Joan Cronin first opened their new hotel.  This was the age of big bands, the swing and the jitterbug.  Bring your dancing shoes, dress up 1930’s style and prepare for an entertaining  evening of wonderful food and music.  When you are ready to hang up your dancing shoes, why not take advantage of the A Taste of West Cork accommodation special – dinner, bed and breakfast €99 per person sharing.

THE CUSTOMS HOUSE at THE BOATHOUSE
Sep
11
7:30 pm19:30

THE CUSTOMS HOUSE at THE BOATHOUSE

  • The Boat house

The Boathouse, Inish Beg Estate, Baltimore Road/7.30pm/€60 including wine/Booking essential numbers limited /028 21745

Pre dinner drinks in Inish Beg House, then head to the Boathouse nostalgia for a dinner prepared by Ian Parr and Sue Holland, formerly of the much acclaimed Customs House in Baltimore,  who will bring theirxxxxxto Inish Beg, andprepare and serve a specially selected tasting menu  featuring all the wonderful fresh produce from West Cork .

Sep
12
11:00 am11:00

CRUISE TO SHERKIN ISLAND WITH SKIBBEREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Old Court, Baltimore Road 11AM-4.00PM/€20/BOOKING ESSENTIAL 028-21094 OR 086-2166860

Skibbereen and District Historical Society, in conjunction with A Taste Of West Cork Food Festival, will host a boat trip to Sherkin Island, leaving  from Old Court harbour.  On arrival on Sherkin Island the Historical Society will present a talk  on the history of the Sherkin  Franciscan Friary,  followed by a light lunch at The Islanders  Rest Restaurant.   Fee must be paid at time of booking.

AN AFTERNOON OF MICHAEL COLLINS
Sep
12
2:30 pm14:30

AN AFTERNOON OF MICHAEL COLLINS

Michael Collins Centre, Castleview, Clonakilty 2.30PM | €3 | ALLOW 1.5 HOURS FOR THIS TOUR BOOKINGS: 023 884 6107

At the Michael Collins Centre, experience a narrated slide show which tells the story of the Big Fella’s childhood, his family history, his school days, his tragic death and his legacy. The slide show also highlights the important Collins’ sites around Clonakilty, and  features the 1916 rebellion, War of Independence, Treaty talks and the Civil War.  After the presentation visit the life size replica of the ambush site (constructed at the Michael Collins Centre) where  the events which took place at  Beal na Blath that fateful day, and the history of the vehicles in the Collins convoy, are explained in more detail.  Then return to the cottage theatre to view the exhibitions of photographs, documents and militaria.  There will be a demonstration of griddle baking on open fires – as it was done in the time of Michael Collins

DEVOYS ORGANIC FARM
Sep
12
2:30 pm14:30

DEVOYS ORGANIC FARM

Just off the N71, Rosscarbery/2.30pm/€3.00/booking essential numbers limited

Visit Devoy’s Organic Farm near Rosscarbery, where  John and Sara Devoy  grow and sell a wide variety of organic fruit and vegetables on their  farm.  Their salads mixes include intriguing varieties of tasty leaves and textures. The resident hens are outside every day, and   produce some of the only certified organic eggs in West Cork. Learn about what works and doesn’t work and hear the back story to life on the farm. No dogs please – because of the chickens!

Contact :  087 235 0900 or 023 884 8763

WEST CORK DISTILLERS TOUR
Sep
12
3:00 pm15:00

WEST CORK DISTILLERS TOUR

West Cork Distillers, Skibbereen 3PM | FREE | 028 22815

Visit the West Cork Distillery in Skibbereen, for a guided tour of this local award winning distiller and sample the unique taste of the locally produced Drombeg Spirit.  Products distilled on the premises include whisky, gin and vodka.

OUR FARMS, OUR FOOD, OUR FUTURE… A FORUM DISCUSSING THE INTERDEPENDENCE BETWEEN MODERN FARMING AND FOOD PRODUCTION PRACTICES AND HEALTH.
Sep
12
3:00 pm15:00

OUR FARMS, OUR FOOD, OUR FUTURE… A FORUM DISCUSSING THE INTERDEPENDENCE BETWEEN MODERN FARMING AND FOOD PRODUCTION PRACTICES AND HEALTH.

West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen 3PM TO 7PM | €10 | 086 1966988 OR MAJAELLABONEILL@GMAIL.COM
 

Topics that will be discussed by the panel are:

• The effects of modern farming and food production on economics and health

• The decline of beneficial bacteria in the soil, in our food and in our bodies and its impact on our health

• The urgent need for change

• Can Ireland lead the way?

• A conversation on the future of food, chaired by   Ella McSweeney, RTE’s Ear To The Ground

Speakers: Darina Allen: Chef, Owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School teacher, food writer, newspaper columnist, cookbook author and television presenter.  Professor Ted Dinan, UCC:  Professor of Psychiatry and a Principal Investigator in the APC Microbiome Institute at University College Cork.  Madeline Mc Keever: Brown Envelope Seeds and the Irish Seed Savers Association. Dr Don Huber: award-winning, international scientist and Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University. Ann Darcy:   Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist, Herbalist and Homoeopath who specializes in the complementary treatment of illness. Majella O’Neill:  Nutritional Therapist and Natural Health Practitioner, qualified  State Registered Nurse. 

WILD FERMENTATION WORKSHOP
Sep
12
6:30 pm18:30

WILD FERMENTATION WORKSHOP

Gurranes, Caheragh 6:30PM-9:30PM | €65 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 087 236 1616

April Danann, Food Scientist and Naturopathic Nutritionist, will host a Wild Fermentation workshop in her out door Wild Food Lab.  Learn to ferment kombucha and sauerkraut, make apple cider vinegars and sourdough breads.  Work with herbs, wild foraged foods, and taste as you learn about the importance of gut health.  Attendees will receive extensive notes on the workshop and a sourdough starter.

SEAFOOD EXTRAVAGANZA
Sep
12
7:00 pm19:00

SEAFOOD EXTRAVAGANZA

Glandore Bistro, Glandore Terrace, Glandore 7PM | €50 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 083 469 4442

This evening will pay homage to the wonderful seafood that abounds in Glandore harbour and Union Hall.  Christine and  Connor Sheridan will present an evening of fine dining  over five courses, with each course skilfully prepared and seasoned, cooked to perfection - respecting the fine ingredients  - and beautifully plated to enhance the fine dining experience in this magnificent location.

WINE AND DINE WITH CATHERINE FULVIO
Sep
12
7:00 pm19:00

WINE AND DINE WITH CATHERINE FULVIO

Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere 7PM | €25 INCLUDING A GLASS OF PROSECCO BOOKING ESSENTIAL 027 71446

Catherine Fulvio – one of Ireland’s top culinary stars, author and television star - comes to the newly opened Beara Ocean Hotel for a cooking demonstration and tasting evening.   Catherine is an ardent supporter of fresh local produce.  Using seasonal, easily sourced, quality West Cork ingredients,  Catherine will demonstrate each course  of the evening.  Why not avail of the special accommodation offer at the Beara Coast Hotel  - €139 for two people  -  including the cooking demonstration and breakfast. Book early as this event is sure to be a sell out.

JAPANESE EVENING  with GUEST CHEF TAKASHI MIYAZAKI
Sep
12
7:00 pm19:00

JAPANESE EVENING with GUEST CHEF TAKASHI MIYAZAKI

  • Riverside Cafe

Riverside Cafe, Skibbereen 7PM | €45 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 40090

The Riverside Cafe are delighted to host Guest Chef Takashi Miyazaki, named ‘Chef of the Year 2015’ by The McKenna’s Guide.  With over 20 years experience, including  catering for heads of state and celebrities, Takashi’s authentic Japanese food, prepared according to the traditional ‘Washoku’ cooking culture of Japan, (which is listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage) is not to be missed. At the heart of this cuisine, and of Takashi Miyazaki’s cooking, is dashi broth, which he makes each morning from Kombu seaweed.  Dashi is the very essence of umami, the fifth taste, which translates into English as ‘yummy deliciousness and a pleasant, savoury taste.’  This is an evening not to be missed!

 

THE FLAVOUR.IE SUPPER CLUB
Sep
12
7:30 pm19:30

THE FLAVOUR.IE SUPPER CLUB

Scannells, Clonakilty/7.30PM/€40/ Numbers limited booking essential : flavour.ie or 086 205 9360

The Flavour.ie Supper Club is all about flavour and bon vivant!  Food brings people together naturally, and good food and good company are a wonderful combination.  This deliciously different four course menu (including a complimentary glass of fizz)  is inspired by the seasonal availability of wonderful local West Cork  ingredients, and is  designed to  make diners think about different ways of using local ingredients.  (All of the courses on the menu are created to be cooked at home - and diners are provided with a recipe booklet of all the dishes on the night to try them at home!)  Local foodies and food producers, behind one or more of the ingredients featured in the menu, will dine with the group and  talk about their food story, answer questions and create a connection between the food and the producer, creating an evening  that is unique to any other dining experience in West Cork, all  delivered in a convivial, relaxed and fun atmosphere where diners arrive as strangers and leave as friends!

THE CUSTOMS HOUSE AT THE BOATHOUSE
Sep
12
7:30 pm19:30

THE CUSTOMS HOUSE AT THE BOATHOUSE

The Boathouse, Inish Beg Estate, Inish Beg Island 7.30PM | €60 INCLUDING WINE | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 21745

For the second and final night, Sue Holland will prepare a specially selected tasting menu  featuring the wonderful fresh produce from West Cork .

SCORAÍOCHT
Sep
12
9:00 pm21:00

SCORAÍOCHT

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SKIBBEREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Annie May’s Bar and Restaurant, Bridge St, Skibbereen 9PM | FREE

In the ancient tradition of Irish story-telling, the Skibbereen Historical Society will host a Scoraiocht.  Long before television and long, long before Facebook and Twitter, Irish people visited neighbours in the evening, after the chores of the day were done, to discuss local events and to tell stories, often what were called ‘ghost stories’; there was singing, music and dancing. On reflection, it was such a wonderful thing where neighbours had such close contact with each other. This was called ‘scoraíochting’. For this evening of nostalgia the Historical Society will recreate a time gone by, by narrating their recollections of a time gone by and the audience can participate and tell their stories of long ago including local historical events. 

GLENILEN FARM VISIT
Sep
13
10:00 am10:00

GLENILEN FARM VISIT

Castledonovan, Drimoleague/10.00am/€3.50 Booking Essential
 

Glenilen Farm has been tended by generations of the Kingston family. Resting on the banks of the River Ilen from which the farm takes its name, Glenilen Farm has an idyllic location for dairy farming.  The lush hills of Drimoleague offer the cows a rich and plentiful supply of nutritious grass and the cows in turn supply the rich tasty milk which is a core ingredient in all the Glenilen products.  In 1997, Valerie began using this milk to make homemade cheesecakes for the local country market, and from this small beginning, the award winning Glenilen Farm products began.  The farm is well worth a visit.
 

Contact:  028 31179

 

HUNGRY CATERPILLARS GARDEN PARTY
Sep
13
10:30 am10:30

HUNGRY CATERPILLARS GARDEN PARTY

Dunmanway Community Garden (Behind the Astro-turf, Tonafora, Bantry Road, Dunmanway) 10.30AM-12 NOON | €4 PER FAMILY | 023 886 8104

Parents, grandparents and toddlers - from age 18 months to school going age - are invited to the Hungry Catepillar’s Garden Party in the Dunmanway Community Garden.  This is a fun event of exploring the garden, learning new things about the garden, and having a very civilised garden party!

 

MEET THE PRODUCER – SPROUTED
Sep
13
11:00 am11:00

MEET THE PRODUCER – SPROUTED

  • Organico

Organico, Bantry/Free/11am-1pm
Fresh sprouts are some of the most nutritious, tastiest and cheapest foods on the planet – containing vitamins, minerals, protein, enzymes - eating sprouts is also beneficial to our digestion, and what’s more they grow without any soil, fertiliser or even sunlight - just a jar or a tray, and plenty of clean water! Meet Christine Meadows, sprout fanatic, and Organico’s  in-store Nutritionist, to  learn about these fantastically edible energy boosting shoots.

 

THE CASTLETOWNSHEND EXPERIENCE
Sep
13
11:00 am11:00

THE CASTLETOWNSHEND EXPERIENCE

Meet at Drishane House Gate/11.00am (allow 3 hours for this tour)
€15.00 including house and castle entry/Booking essential – numbers limited
 

Participate in the first of two walking tours of Castletownshend – starting at historic Drishane House, home of the Somervilles, visit the Edith Somerville Museum.  Walk through the historic village of Castetownshend to the Townshend Castle.  Climb the steps to St Barrahane’s Church to see the magnificent Harry Clarke stained glass windows and visit the Somerville Graves.
 

Contact:  Robert Salter Townshend 028 36383

 

A CULINARY JOURNEY OF ROSSCARBERY with PILGRIM'S Restaurant
Sep
13
11:00 am11:00

A CULINARY JOURNEY OF ROSSCARBERY with PILGRIM'S Restaurant

  • The Pilgrim’s Restaurant, Rosscarbery

The Pilgrim’s Restaurant, Rosscarbery/11.00am/Free/Booking essential  

On this walk, lead by Head chef/owner Mark Jennings of Pilgrims Restaurant, discover the abundance of edible plants, flowers, seaweed and tidal greens that can be found and gathered from the land and along the sea shore in the Rosscarbery area – items that have featured on the menu at the Pilgrim's throughout the summer will be talked about. Back at Pilgrim's over coffee,  share ideas on what can be made from the bounty growing wild and naturally around us. Dogs (on leads) are welcome. Numbers are very limited – please book early.

Contact :  023 883 1796

HISTORIC TOWN WALK OF BANTRY
Sep
13
11:00 am11:00

HISTORIC TOWN WALK OF BANTRY

Meet at the Tourist Info Office, Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry 11AM | €2 CONTRIBUTION TO BANTRY DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION | 027 50229

Meet your guide, knowledgeable local historian Hazel Vickery, for a historical walking tour of Bantry town. Discover the hidden treasures and hear about the colourful history of this vibrant market town.

WEST CORK CAST, CATCH AND COOK EXPERIENCE
Sep
13
2:00 pm14:00

WEST CORK CAST, CATCH AND COOK EXPERIENCE

With Tom Collins of Sea Anglingcharters.ie and Caseys of Union HallReen Pier, Union Hall/2.00pm/€60.00pp/Booking essential (numbers limited to 10)

During this unique experience, discover the fun of catching prime fresh fish in the pristine clean waters off West Cork on board the ‘Loch an lasc’. Learn the simple secrets of fish preparation, and enjoy your fresh catch, cooked by Caseys of Union Hall’s head chef, cooked to three different recipes while you discuss the size of “the one that got away”.  


Itinerary for the day: 2.00pm Board the charter boat ‘Loch an Iasc’ at Reen pier Union Hall/2.00-5.00pm Fishing the fruitful waters off the West Cork Coast/5.00-5.30 pm Tuition on fish preparation on board the ‘Loch an Iasc’/5.30pm Return to Reen Pier/6.00pm Complimentary glass of wine in Casey’s Bar Union Hall/6.45 pm Enjoy your ‘Catch of the Day’ in Caseys of Union Hall.
Contact : 087 279 2983

 

CREAM TEA AT THE TOP OF THE ROCK
Sep
13
2:30 pm14:30

CREAM TEA AT THE TOP OF THE ROCK

FARM VISIT AND WALK Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre, Drimoleague 2.30PM | €12 | 086 1735134 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL WWW.TOPOFTHEROCK.IE

Visit this eco friendly, working farm at Top of the Rock where the third generation of Rosses nurture and conserve the land for future generations.  Take a guided walk  through the farm on the  banks of the Ilen River which  cascades its way through the farm providing  a riparian zone protecting flora and fauna, where wild ducks breed  and herons nest.  After learning the history of this unique place, return to the walking centre where you will be treated to a magnificent cream tea, with scones that have a reputation for excellence!

BEEKEEPING THE NATURAL WAY
Sep
13
5:00 pm17:00

BEEKEEPING THE NATURAL WAY

Gurranes, Caheragh 5-7PM | €25 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 087 236 1616 Join Trevor Danann (age 16), a certified natural beekeeper for seven years - and owner of 12 hives - for a beekeeping workshop.  The workshop will include a slide show, demonstrate the equipment needed for beekeeping,  discuss the natural treatment properties of honey, with  tastings of everything related to honey. All ages welcome.

A TASTE OF THE SEA
Sep
13
6:00 pm18:00

A TASTE OF THE SEA

  • Mary Ann’s Restaurant, Castletownshend

Mary Ann’s Restaurant, Castletownshend/Bookings from 6.00pm/Table d’hote menu €35.95/Booking essential
 

Indulge your taste buds over four courses, at an evening of the finest seafood, prepared by Chef Trish O’Mahony and her team, in the multi-award winning Mary Ann’s Restaurant, Castletownshend.
 

Contact :   028 36146

 

70 YEARS OF O’NEILLS FINE DINING
Sep
13
6:00 pm18:00

70 YEARS OF O’NEILLS FINE DINING

Fernhill House, Clonakilty/7.30pm/€35 four course menu with a glass of wine
 

This year Fernhill House Hotel is celebrating seven decades of serving great O’Neill food at Fernhill House. The fourth generation of O’Neill’s will be host a  special dinner, featuring a  menu inspired by their great grandfather M.J O’Neill who bought Fernhill in 1946. M.J. O’Neill was mayor of Clonakilty and dedicated much of his life to food as he was a farmer and  butcher. The menu will feature many fine meats from M.J. O'Neill's butchers in Clonakilty, and other West Cork Food producers produce.

Contact 023 883 3258 or michael@fernhillhousehotel.com

 

70 YEARS OF O’NEILLS AT FERNHILL HOUSE HOTEL HISTORICAL TOUR OF HOUSE AND GARDENS
Sep
13
6:00 pm18:00

70 YEARS OF O’NEILLS AT FERNHILL HOUSE HOTEL HISTORICAL TOUR OF HOUSE AND GARDENS

Fernhill House, Clonakilty/6.00pm/Free
 

Enjoy a guided tour of Fernhill House and  gardens from your host Michael O Neill Jnr whose family have been caring for Fernhill for four generations. Learn about the colourful history and rich food story of Clonakilty's grandest Georgian mansion house.  Meander through the spectacular landscaped gardens and take in the wonderful views across the West Cork countryside.

Contact 023 883 3258 or michael@fernhillhousehotel.com

 

COOKING CREATIVELY FROM YOUR GARDEN (OR EVEN WITH THOSE FEW VEGETABLES IN THE BOTTOM OF YOUR FRIDGE!)
Sep
13
7:00 pm19:00

COOKING CREATIVELY FROM YOUR GARDEN (OR EVEN WITH THOSE FEW VEGETABLES IN THE BOTTOM OF YOUR FRIDGE!)

Good Things @ Dillons Corner, Skibbereen 7-9PM | €35 (INCLUDES TASTING AND A GLASS OF WINE) | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 51948 | BOOKINGS@THEGOODTHINGSCAFE.COM

Award winning Chef, Carmel Somers, will be cooking using ingredients supplied from the Secret Garden at The Old Bank (Sutherland Building). Carmel will not know in advance of the class what garden delights will be provided from the secret garden, which will add a further layer of interest to the evening! Carmel will get creative with some basic garden produce, and in the two hour class will produce  at least half a dozen delicious dishes!

FALL HARVEST
Sep
13
7:00 pm19:00

FALL HARVEST

Deasy’s Restaurant, Ring Village, Clonakilty 7PM | €55 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 023-8835741

On arrival at the scenically located Deasy’s Restaurant, indulge in a welcoming cocktail and delicious nibbles. Caitlin Ruth, with Joe McNamee, will cook five courses showcasing the fall harvest – each course paired with a specially selected drink.

 FAIRY LEGENDS AND TRADITIONS OF WEST CORK
Sep
13
7:00 pm19:00

FAIRY LEGENDS AND TRADITIONS OF WEST CORK

Killeena House, Baltimore Road/ €15 (includes tea and homemade cake)/7pm /Booking essential/numbers limited (not suitable for children)

Ireland is a land of folklore, legends and tradition - in 1825 Thomas Crofton Croker published his collection of Irish fairytales:  Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland, which included a number of eerie tales from local places such as Ballydehob and Hungry Hill.  This talk, presented by  the popular West Cork College founders Dr. Bernie McCarthy and Dr Emma Bidwell, will give you a rare opportunity to hear these tales together with an entertaining analysis of what they mean in historical and cultural terms.  Given the year that it is, you shall even learn how these tales relate to the 1916 Easter Rising!  

028 20620 or 087 754 7665

 

SUPER FOOD ….SUPER HEALTH!
Sep
13
7:30 pm19:30

SUPER FOOD ….SUPER HEALTH!

  • Riverside Café

Riverside Café, North St., Skibbereen /€30 (including food) or €10 for demonstration only/ 7.30pm/Booking essential 086 1966988 or  majaellaboneill@gmail.com

Presented by Majella O Neill, Nutritional Therapist, this event will give provide a new perspective on the use of key “Superfoods” in our diets which have specific healing and health promoting properties endorsing Hippocrates Instruction….  “Let Food Be Your Medicine” There will be a demonstration on delicious ways of incorporating these foods in breakfast lunch, dinner, snacks, smoothies and juices. There will be the opportunity to enjoy generous samples of the dishes and take home recipes

 

 

MICHELIN STAR GUEST CHEF DANNI BARRY
Sep
13
7:30 pm19:30

MICHELIN STAR GUEST CHEF DANNI BARRY

The Glebe Gardens, Baltimore/€70 including wine parings from Wines Direct/7.30pm/booking essential
 

Chef Danni Barry is one of an elite group of female Michelin starred chefs, only the second female chef ever in Ireland to gain a star! Now at the helm of Michael Deanes EIPIC in Belfast, she is driven by her passion for only the freshest and most seasonal produce being cooked to perfection. So what better venue to have her cook at than The Glebe Gardens!

 

MEET THE PRODUCERS A TASTE OF WEST CORK
Sep
14
10:00 am10:00

MEET THE PRODUCERS A TASTE OF WEST CORK

Fields of Skibbereen Supervalu, Main Street, Skibbereen 10AM - 4PM | FREE

Meet  the iconic West Cork producers  and sample their produce throughout the day in Fields of Skibbereen – a showcase of the world class artisan food produced in and around Skibbereen – the heart of the artisan food producing area.

FEEL BETTER! HEALTHY EATING ON A BUDGET
Sep
14
10:00 am10:00

FEEL BETTER! HEALTHY EATING ON A BUDGET

Skibbereen Community & Family Resource Centre, Heron Court (beside bike shop in Fields Car Park) 10 – 1PM (INCLUDES LUNCH) | FREE – BUT SMALL DONATIONS WELCOME BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 23572

The Skibbereen Community and Family Resource Centre will host chef Paola Vais and a local nutritionist for a cooking demonstration on how to feel better eating healthily on a budget.  There will lots of healthy eating tips, tasty food and recipe sheets to take away

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE SHERKIN ISLAND WALK WITH GARRY MINIHANE
Sep
14
10:30 am10:30

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE SHERKIN ISLAND WALK WITH GARRY MINIHANE

Baltimore Pier 10.30AM FERRY DEPARTURE TO MEET AT ISLANDERS REST AT 11.OOAM | €20 INCLUDING FERRY AND LUNCH | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 20116

Join Garry Minihane for a guided walk on Sherkin Island, one of Carbery’s hundred isles.  This walk (approximately 8 kilometres) will take you on a journey of discovery around this  spectacular island. The walking trail is part on and  off road, with a mixture of flat and hill walking, and one beach  crossing - underfoot can be a  bit rough at times – so a good solid pair of runners or walking boots recommended .  After the walk, return to the Islanders Rest for a specially prepared lunch of Sherkin Island mussels.  If you would like to extend your stay on Sherkin Island, Islanders Rest  offers a  special accommodation rate to weary walkers! 

FOOD PRESERVING @ THE GLEBE GARDENS
Sep
14
10:30 am10:30

FOOD PRESERVING @ THE GLEBE GARDENS

Glebe Gardens, Baltimore 10.30AM - 3.30-4PM | €20 (INCLUDES LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS) WWW.GLEBEGARDENS.COM | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 20579

Many of us grow our own vegetables and fruit producing a summer glut and need ideas on preserving the produce. Join Jean Perry at this interesting workshop and learn how to smoke food with Sally Barnes of Woodcock Smokery, ferment food with Hayley Milthorpe of The Cultured Food Company, and how to make jam and chutney and much more.

GALLEY HEAD LIGHTHOUSE TOUR & TASTINGS
Sep
14
2:00 pm14:00

GALLEY HEAD LIGHTHOUSE TOUR & TASTINGS

Galley Head Lighthouse, Long Strand 2PM | €3 | BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL | 087-1962797

Galley Head lighthouse is not usually open to the public. As a Taste of West Cork special event, Gerald Butler, Attendant Lightkeeper at Galley Head will host a guided tour of this working lighthouse. Avril Allshire Howe of Rosscarbery Recipes and Caherbeg Free Range Pork will serve delectable tastings of her produce to the intrepid visitors to lighthouse

 CRUISE TO INISH BEG FROM BALTIMORE
Sep
14
2:30 pm14:30

CRUISE TO INISH BEG FROM BALTIMORE

Leave from Baltimore Pier/€25.00/2.30pm
 

Travel up the Ilen River from Baltimore passing some of Carbery’s hundred isles, to the beautiful estate of Inish Beg and Gardens for a tour of the gardens  with afternoon tea and scones served on the lawn of this stately country estate.
 

Contact 087 263 8470

 

WEST CORK AFTERNOON TEA
Sep
14
3:00 pm15:00

WEST CORK AFTERNOON TEA

Tower Gallery, Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery/3pm – 5pm/€20/booking essential
 

Relax in the majestic setting of the Tower Gallery with spectacular views overlooking the estuary and enjoy a magnificent West Cork Afternoon Tea with tasty treats featuring produce from the very best local artisan producers.  This splendid spread encapsulates all that is delicious about West Cork produce - freshly baked breads, West Cork cheeses, smoked fish, charcuterie and delicate cakes and pastries.
 

023 88 48722

 

TEE OFF and TASTE TEASER
Sep
14
4:00 pm16:00

TEE OFF and TASTE TEASER

Dunmore House Hotel, Clonakilty/4.00/€30.00pp
(includes €5.00 donation to Co-Action) Timesheet and reservations 023 883 3352
 

Head to the magnificently located Dunmore House Hotel for golf – a 9 hole mixed scramble. Then enjoy a glass of wine and plate of West Cork Artisan produce.  Take in the panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, while listening to the Wednesday evening Jazz band.  Non golfers welcome.

Contact : 023 883 3352

 

FIELD’S OF SKIBBEREEN BAKERY VISIT
Sep
14
4:00 pm16:00

FIELD’S OF SKIBBEREEN BAKERY VISIT

  • Fields of Skibbereen

Field’s of Skibbereen  Bakery, Castletownshend Road, Skibbereen/4.00pm/Free

Field’s of Skibbereen once again generously opens the doors of their  state of the art bakery facility.  This popular tour offers  delectable tastings of fresh out of the oven treats.

 

 

RIVER ILEN CRUISE
Sep
14
5:30 pm17:30

RIVER ILEN CRUISE

Baltimore Sea Safari, Baltimore 5.30PM | €20 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 20753 OR 087 240 9761

Take a scenic boat trip up the beautiful Ilen River from Baltimore to Old Court, visiting seal colonies, looking for wildlife and a chance to see the many wonderful and iconic homes, buildings and gardens along the river.

GLANDORE FABULOUS FISH STEW SPECIAL
Sep
14
6:30 pm18:30

GLANDORE FABULOUS FISH STEW SPECIAL

Hayes Restaurant And Bar, Glandore FROM 6.30PM | €25 INCL GLASS OF WINE | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 33214

Perched on the hill in Glandore with dramatic views across the bay to  Union Hall, the newly reopened  and renovated Hayes Pub, under the management of Julie and David Wine, has already firmly established itself a reputation of excellence.  Hayes’ fabulous fish stew, is a symphony of seafood served in a sumptuous sauce – to be savoured with a glass of wine.

COCKTAIL MAKING DEMONSTRATION COCKTAILS WITH SUPPER
Sep
14
6:30 pm18:30

COCKTAIL MAKING DEMONSTRATION COCKTAILS WITH SUPPER

Annie Mays Restaurant and Bar, Bridge Street, Skibbereen FROM 6.30PM | 8.30PM-9.30PM | €20 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028-22930

West Cork’s talented Cocktail maker, Padraig Hurley, will prepare his signature cocktail’s all night long.  Guests will be treated to a cocktail making demonstration from 8.30-9.30pm.  Cover charge includes two cocktails, served with Warm Smoked Skeaghanore Duck Salad or Union Hall Fish ‘n Chips.  

WHISKEY TASTING
Sep
14
7:00 pm19:00

WHISKEY TASTING

Bushes Bar, Baltimore 7PM | €10 | 028 20125

One of the oldest bar’s in West Cork , family run Bushe’s Bar in Baltimore, will host the team from West Cork Distillers for a  West Cork Whiskey tasting. Meet the makers of this award winning  Irish whiskey and  learn about the intriguing tasting notes from the various blends - savour the flavour of West Cork whiskey paired with West Cork Chocolate!

 

WEST MEETS EAST
Sep
14
7:00 pm19:00

WEST MEETS EAST

An Chistin Beag, Skibbereen 7PM | €30 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 22019

Alison Honour, owner and Head Chef at Ali’s Kitchen & Bakehouse is in An Chistin Beag’s kitchen for one night only. Ali will prepare a ‘West Meets East’ feast,  producing a delicious meal full of middle eastern flavours enhanced by the wonderful produce of West Cork.

 

FROM FARM TO FORK
Sep
14
7:00 pm19:00

FROM FARM TO FORK

Ibane Meats, Barryroe 7PM | FREE | NUMBERS LIMITED | BOOKING ESSENTIAL 023 884 4206

A unique opportunity to tour a state of the art slaughtering facility,  meet Dan Moloney of Moloney Meat Centre and  Craft Butcher Bandon for a tour of this ultra modern facility. See firsthand the integrity with which the product is brought from farm to fork.  Incorporated into the tour will be a  demonstration and explanation of various cuts of meat.  Light refreshments served. 

CLONAKILTY HISTORICAL TOWN WALK
Sep
14
7:00 pm19:00

CLONAKILTY HISTORICAL TOWN WALK

Michael Collins Statue, Emmett Square, Clonakilty/7.00pm/Free
 

Discover Clonakilty’s rich and diverse history that extends back 400 years on this guided walking tour, lead by a member of Duchas, that starts at the Michael Colins Statue in Emmet Square. The walk will concludes at Asna Square,  with a complimentary glass of wine in Aris Wine Bar. Please note this walk is weather dependent so unfortunately it will not go ahead if it is raining.

 

THEATRE TAPAS
Sep
14
7:30 pm19:30

THEATRE TAPAS

Riverside Cafe, Skibbereen 7.30PM | €12  | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 40090

Theatre Tapas  is a unique theatre evening offering  a ‘menu’ of various pieces of drama from monologues to  poems to short stories to familiar Shakespearean scenes or sonnets.  The audience (seated  at  individual restaurant tables), order their specially  selected  theatrical scenes or poems from the ‘menu’ for a performance at their table.  A ‘waitress’ takes the theatrical order,  performers  go to the table  and  give a private performance of the requested piece.  This is taking place while other tables  in the restaurant are watching other specially ‘ordered’ menu pieces.   The audience have a chance to experience many varying styles and themes in one evening,  anything from Shakespeare to Roald Dahl could be on the menu. Riverside Cafe will provide tapas snacks for ‘theatre goers’ on the night

AN EVENING WITH RACHEL ALLEN
Sep
14
7:30 pm19:30

AN EVENING WITH RACHEL ALLEN

West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen 7.30PM | €20 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM: THE WEST CORK HOTEL 028 21277 & DRINAGH EUROSPAR 028 30800

Drinagh Eurospar and The West Cork Hotel present an evening with top Irish chef Rachel Allen. Rachel will be accompanied by Drinagh’s Exectutive Chef Alan Shannon and The West Cork Hotel’s Head Chef Christian Pozimski. A great evening is guaranteed

UMMERA SMOKEHOUSE
Sep
14
10:00 pm22:00

UMMERA SMOKEHOUSE

Timoleague 10.00 | FREE | 023 884 6644 OR 087 202 7227

For nearly forty years Ummera Smokehouse has built up an enviable reputation for producing some of the finest smoked salmon available.  Ummera uses Irish organically reared salmon – their natural flavour and texture, blended with careful curing and gentle smoking over smouldering  oak fires – produces some of the finest smoked salmon available.  The tour includes a visit to Ummera’s wetland system and vermicomposting unit which enhances their commitment to environmental issues.  A wonderful opportunity to taste Ummera products in the environment where they are produced. For directions : goo.gl/maps/wosn

‘SIMPLY SCONES’
Sep
15
9:30 am09:30

‘SIMPLY SCONES’

  • The Coffee Shop,

The Coffee Shop, Union Hall/9.30am-12noon/A Taste of West Cork special price: €3.50

Visit the Coffee Shop and enjoy a vast selection of freshly baked scones - everything from seaweed, spelt, raisin, blueberry and cherry scones – to be savoured with jam and cream - accompanied by a cup of Mahers Fair Trade coffee, or a speciality loose-leaf tea.... ‘sip’ back, relax and enjoy! 

Contact: 028 33809  

THE CASTLETOWNSHEND EXPERIENCE
Sep
15
Sep 16

THE CASTLETOWNSHEND EXPERIENCE

Meet at Drishane House Gate, Castletownshend 11AM (ALLOW 3 HOURS FOR THIS TOUR) | €15 INCLUDING HOUSE AND CASTLE ENTRY | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 36383
 

The second opportunity to participate in the Castletownshend Experience. See details on Tuesday, September 13th.

ROAM WITH THE BUFFALO
Sep
15
11:00 am11:00

ROAM WITH THE BUFFALO

Macroom Buffalo Cheese Products, Clonclud, Kilnamartyra, Macroom /11.00am/€5.00

This is a unique opportunity to visit Ireland’s only milking Water Buffalo herd.  Walk through the fields and see the magnificent  170-strong water buffalo herd (and be introduced to a  few new arrivals in the herd) as they roam the fields.  Tour the creamery and observe the delicious fresh Irish Buffalo mozzarella cheese being made.  Sample the award winning mozzarella and the other wonderful cheese products made on this Belling Award winning farm.  (Bring Wellies!)

Booking essential :  Numbers limited
Contact : 026 41907

 

MEET THE PRODUCER – FRANK SHINNICK – RAW MILK PRODUCER
Sep
15
11:00 am11:00

MEET THE PRODUCER – FRANK SHINNICK – RAW MILK PRODUCER

  • Organico, Bantry

Organico, Bantry/11-3/free

There are many reasons one might prefer raw milk over pasteurized milk, ranging from nutritional to ethical to environmental. Different people will resonate with different reasons. Organico will host Frank Shinnick of the award winning Fermoy Natural Milk Cheese Company for a raw milk cheese tasting.

 

LUNCH AT THE CASTLE
Sep
15
12:30 pm12:30

LUNCH AT THE CASTLE

The Castle, Castletownshend 12.30-5PM | 028 36100

The Castle will serve a wonderful seafood paella made in the fire pit on the lawn overlooking the picturesque harbour of Castletownshend. Accommodation special €90 B&B

UNION HALL SMOKED FISH
Sep
15
2:00 pm14:00

UNION HALL SMOKED FISH

Union Hall/2.00pm /FREE
 

Visit Union Hall Smoked Fish, a family run business that has been operating from the picturesque fishing village of Union Hall for the last 25 years. The Nolan family have  generations of expertise in the fishing industry,  and they  specialise in smoking salmon, mackerel,  kippers and trout, all sourced from the crystal clear waters off the West Cork coast. Learn the traditional, centuries old, brining and smoking process that makes the smoked fish from this award winning company exceptional. 

Contact :  028 33125

 

THE MICHAEL COLLINS TOUR
Sep
15
2:00 pm14:00

THE MICHAEL COLLINS TOUR

  • Emmet Square Clonakilty, Cork Ireland

Meet at the Michael Collins Statue, Emmet Square, Clonakilty/2.00pm/€10/Booking essential/087 317 3754

Meet your guide, Michael Collins expert, Tim Crowley, at the Michael Collins Statue in Emmet Square.   During this four hour tour which extensively covers Michael Collins life in West Cork,  Tim Crowley will give a detailed history at each site and will highlight  other places of local history along the way.  This tour will call to the following places of interest associated with the Michael Collins :   Clonakilty Town, Sam’s Cross, Woodfield, Lisavaird Village, Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Beal Na mBlath and Newcestown village. 

 

COOKING DEMONSTRATION AND WORKSHOP VEGAN COOKING WITH LOUISE KELLY
Sep
15
3:00 pm15:00

COOKING DEMONSTRATION AND WORKSHOP VEGAN COOKING WITH LOUISE KELLY

Budds Restaurant, Ballydehob 3PM - 7PM | €30 | FREE | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 25842

Budds Restaurant are proud to host guest chef and food blogger extraordinaire Louise Kelly (www.facebook.com/imalittlevegan) for a Vegan cookery demonstration and workshop. Louise will be using locally grown produce from all the wonderful West Cork artisan producers  to create mouth watering dishes. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to learn to cook (and taste) this amazingly tasty, nutritional, healthy food

INCREDIBLE EDIBLE BICYCLE BUFFETT
Sep
15
5:15 pm17:15

INCREDIBLE EDIBLE BICYCLE BUFFETT

Russagh Mills, Castletownshend Road, Skibbereen/5.15pm/€20/booking essential, numbers limited :briangranaghan@gmail.com

Registration at Russagh Mill Hostel at 5.15pm.  
This Incredible Edible Bicycle Buffet will provide cyclists,  with not only a wonderful journey around Skibbereen, but will showcase all the produce grown during the West Cork Incredible Edible project.  On registration, enjoy a ‘mocktail’ made from incredible local edibles. Then mount your bicycle and ride to the beautiful setting of the deck at the Riverside Cafe, to arrive at 6.15, for a delicious starter, made with fresh produce from the West Cork incredible edible initiative.  After taking in the river view, cycle to the West Cork Hotel, arriving at 7.00pm, for the main course which will show case the very best of local produce and incredible edible produce – then head back to Russagh Mill, for a scrumptious incredibly edible dessert. 

 

THE FORK'N PIE PRESENTS...."A QUENTIN SKIBBEREENO PRODUCTION"
Sep
15
6:00 pm18:00

THE FORK'N PIE PRESENTS...."A QUENTIN SKIBBEREENO PRODUCTION"

  • Annie Mays Bar,

In association with Annie Mays Bar and Restaurant, Walsh Butchers and  many other West Cork producers and talents....
Meet at Annie Mays Bar, Bridge Street, Skibbereen/€30 (including bus to and from secret location)/6pm for 7pm departure/ Dress code : Wild West/Cowboy style! (or at least a Cowboy hat!)/numbers limited – booking essential

 

This evening promises to be a honky tonkin’, boot stompin, showdown...of eating, dancing and drinking - Texan style -  with a West Cork twist.  Meet at Annie Mays for pre-departure drinks, then board the Magical Mystery Bus to a secret location.  On arrival at this top secret destination,  there will be a butchering demonstration, a cooking demonstration of what’s on the (extensive) menu – all of  which will be cooked on the barbeque, accompanied by toe tapping music  and ‘food poetry’.

 

WEST CORK DISTILLERS WHISKEY TASTING
Sep
15
6:30 pm18:30

WEST CORK DISTILLERS WHISKEY TASTING

An Sugan Guest House, Clonakilty 6.30PM | 023 8833719

Following on from the Michael Collins Bus Tour, An Sugán Guesthouse, birthplace of Mary Jane Irwin, poetess, Fenian and wife of the famous Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, host a tutored tasting of whiskeys from West Cork Distillers based in Skibbereen, and served with  a selection of canapés made with local West Cork produce

A FEAST OF BANTRY BAY SEAFOOD
Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

A FEAST OF BANTRY BAY SEAFOOD

The Fish Kitchen, New Street, Bantry 7PM | €40 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 027  56651

When it comes to locally sourced fish and shellfish, the award winning Fish Kitchen is ideally situated to ensure the distance between the sea - and the plate -  is as short as possible!  The Fish Kitchen, a family run business, focuses on three elements:  freshness, simplicity and quality.  In celebration of the abundant sea food found in Bantry Bay, The Fish Kitchen will serve a feast  featuring the best Bantry Bay fish and shell fish.  

THE FISHERMAN’S CHOICE - A Celebration Of West Cork Seafood
Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

THE FISHERMAN’S CHOICE - A Celebration Of West Cork Seafood

  • Caseys’ of Union Hall

Caseys’ of Union Hall/7.00pm/028 33590

Casey’s of Union Hall offers a warm, friendly atmosphere and a fabulous dining experience in extraordinary surrounding.  This evening is a true  celebration of West Cork seafood -  enhanced and complimented by seasonal produce – with the menu highlighting  the glorious fish and shell fish that live in abundance in the waters of the  Atlantic off the West Cork coast.

 

GUEST CHEF DINING EXPERIENCE AT THE CELTIC ROSS
Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

GUEST CHEF DINING EXPERIENCE AT THE CELTIC ROSS

  • Celtic Ross Hotel

Ardagh Suite, Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery/€45/7.00pm/booking essential/ 023 884 8722

Delve into a delicious five course tasting menu especially selected and  prepared by Eric Thezé, proprietor of La Boheme, Waterford, and Alex Petit, Head Chef of the Celtic Ross Hotel.  This exciting menu will feature dishes from Brittany, made with the wonderful produce found in  West Cork.

 

FOR LOVERS OF CRAFT BEER AND GOOD FOOD
Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

FOR LOVERS OF CRAFT BEER AND GOOD FOOD

TJ Newmans Corner House Traditional Pub, Main Street, Schull/€20/7.00pm/
booking essential /028 27776

Enjoy an informative informal evening at award winning TJ Newman’s Corner House Traditional Pub, sampling Cork-brewed Rising Sun Craft Beers complimented with tastings of delicious  food made with West Cork produce.

 

A TASTE OF WEST CORK DINNER - AVOCA STYLE!
Sep
15
7:30 pm19:30

A TASTE OF WEST CORK DINNER - AVOCA STYLE!

  • The Church Restaurant

GUEST CHEF AT THE CHURCH RESTAURANT
€50/ 8.00pm with drinks reception at 7.30/booking essential 028 23625

 

Guest chef Leylie Hayes - Executive Chef at Avoca -  will prepare and present a delicious four course dinner in the magnificent Church Restaurant.  Leylie Hayes’ passion for food, gardening and even hen-keeping started when she attended the Ballymaloe Cookery School. After a stint in London working for Antony Worrall Thompson, Leylie then moved back to Ireland to join Simon Pratt and his team at Avoca.  A proud member of Euro-toques, TV3 Regular and co-author of Avoca’s six cookbooks, Leylie will be recreating the award winning Avoca dishes – with West Cork produce.

 

FOOD, FICTION, FADS AND PHONIES
Sep
15
Oct 26

FOOD, FICTION, FADS AND PHONIES

Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Clogheen Road, Clonakilty 9.30AM - 3PM | €30 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL - EVENTBRITE

This no holds barred, straight talking seminar  will discuss food -  the fads, the phonies, the fiction (and the facts)  of the food industry - from producer to consumer.  With speakers such as Anthony Warren (a.k.a. The Angry Chef) and Paul Treyvaud, Treyvaud’s Restaurant, Killarney, this is an event not to be missed. The seminar will be followed by a light lunch showcasing West Cork produce.

HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF BALLYDEHOB
Sep
15
Sep 16

HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF BALLYDEHOB

Meet at the Community Hall, Ballydehob/11.00am/€3.00
 

Guided walking tour of picturesque Ballydehob, including the magnificent Twelve Arch Bridge, the former West Carbery Tramway and Light Railway viaduct which is now a footbridge.  
 

Contact : 086 061 8679

 

‘WEST FORK’ BUSINESS BREAKFAST
Sep
16
7:30 am07:30

‘WEST FORK’ BUSINESS BREAKFAST

The West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen 7.30 - 9AM | €10 | INCLUDES FULL IRISH BREAKFAST + TEA & COFFEE | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 21200

Now in its fourth year, the popular ‘West Fork’ Magazine Business Breakfast hosted by The Southern Star newspaper brings lively and interesting speakers to inform and stimulate while you tuck into a breakfast of delicious local ingredients served by The West Cork Hotel. Keep an eye on The Southern Star newspaper, southernstar.ie and our facebook page for announcement of this year’s guest speaker.

MIZEN VIEW BRUNCH with focus on local produce
Sep
16
10:00 am10:00

MIZEN VIEW BRUNCH with focus on local produce

  • Café Cois Cuan

Café Cois Cuan, Main Road, Schull/10.00am -1.00/

With stunning uninterrupted sea views,  Café Cois Cuan, is the perfect spot for a lazy brunch.  The  Mizen View Brunch which will  showcase various  West Cork meats and local produce, with particular focus on Willow Grove Farm, an organic, grass-fed, heritage breed farm in Ballydehob.  There will be a 'Producers Talk' about the local products and the whole mentality of a Heritage Breed, grass-fed, organic farm during the event as well. There will be various menu items on offer, from a Mizen Full Irish to locally sourced Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict,  Homemade Boxty, West Cork Parfait, etc. 

 

BEARA SAFARI ** TWO DAY TOUR **
Sep
16
10:30 am10:30

BEARA SAFARI ** TWO DAY TOUR **

Meet at Casey’s Hotel, Glengarriff/10.30am/€149.00 per person includes accommodation
Booking essential – numbers limited/ 087 206 0809

 

Take a guided safari of the wild and beautiful Beara Peninsula with author and photographer John Eagle. This specially designed figure of eight Beara Safari includes the picturesque villages of Allihies with a visit to  the Copper mines, Eyeries, Ardgroom, Adrigole and the fishing port of Castletownbere, with a  stop on the way at Milleens Cheese. Visit Bera Island and learn about the island’s strong military history, and take a trip on Irelands only cable car to  Dursey Island.  Travel in comfort along the spectacular winding roads that make this peninsula so exciting, including the dramatic serpentine road of the Healy Pass rising high above Glanmore Lake crossing the Caha Mountains.

 

THE CLONAKILTY WALKING FOOD TOUR
Sep
16
11:00 am11:00

THE CLONAKILTY WALKING FOOD TOUR

  • Arís Café

With food blogger Kate Ryan (www.flavour.ie)
Meet in the upstairs lounge of Arís Café, Asna Square, Clonakilty/11am – 3pm/€40/ booking essential www.flavour.ie/clonakiltytour (please use discount code WCFF when booking on line) or 086 205 9360 numbers limited

This wonderful tour of Clonakilty food  visits a wide range of food producers from meat, fish, ice cream, beer, chocolate, bread and of course the wonderful Clonakilty Farmers Market. This tour is an ideal opportunity  to meet the producers,  learn about their food story, history and traditions – a chance to get a real sense of the people behind some amazing, and often times unique, food being produced in the town. Please note this  tour is not  suitable for children under 13, and the first and last stops are not wheelchair accessible. 

 

HIDDEN HISTORY
Sep
16
2:00 pm14:00

HIDDEN HISTORY

LOUGH HYNE WALK Meet at the Car Park, Lough Hyne 2PM | FREE | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 40900

Join Terri Kearney (author of ‘Lough Hyne :  The Marine Researchers’ and ‘Lough Hyne :  From Pre-History to the Present’) for a  different perspective of Lough Hyne.  Terri takes walkers on her daily trail around the lough.  Peeling off the layers of history, she will share what she has learnt about the landscape and people of the lough over the years.  This walk covers some hill walking, and may not be suitable for everyone

THE PIRATES OF BALTIMORE
Sep
16
2:30 pm14:30

THE PIRATES OF BALTIMORE

  • Dun Na Sead Castle

Dun Na Sead Castle, Baltimore/2.30pm/€4.00 entrance fee to the Castle

Meet Bernie McCarthy in the beautifully restored Dun Na Sead Castle for a talk and slide show on the pirate history of Baltimore.  After learning the history, take a guided walk through Baltimore’s pirate trail including the Cove, site of the infamous Barbary pirate ‘Sack of Baltimore’

Contact : 028 201735

SEAFOOD PLATTER AT THE LOOK OUT RESTAURANT
Sep
16
7:00 pm19:00

SEAFOOD PLATTER AT THE LOOK OUT RESTAURANT

The Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore/€35/booking essential 028-20600

Indulge your taste buds at the Look Out Restaurant, with panoramic view across Baltimore Harbour to the islands,  dining on theirfamous Seafood Platter which the Jacob family have been serving in their restaurants for over 30 years at a special festival  rate for one night only, served with a complimentary glass of wine.

A TASTE OF WEST CORK ART AND WINE DINNER
Sep
16
7:30 pm19:30

A TASTE OF WEST CORK ART AND WINE DINNER

Mary Ann’s Restaurant, Castletownshend/7.30pm/€55.95 including wine/Booking essential
 

In celebration of Matt Lamb, a Chicago born artist of Irish heritage, Mary Ann’s Restaurant will present  a spectacular four course dinner with selected wines.  Each dinner will receive an original Matt Lamb art work, on paper.  
 

Contact : 028 36146

 

TASTING MENU & IRISH BEVERAGE SHOWCASE
Sep
16
7:30 pm19:30

TASTING MENU & IRISH BEVERAGE SHOWCASE

Mews Restaurant, Baltimore 7.30PM | €95 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | WWW.MEWSRESTAURANT.IE

The penultimate night of the six course tasting menu at the Mews Restaurant featuring the best of West Cork ingredients, paired with selected Irish beverages and wines from Irish wine makers. Bookings via website only.

CLASSICAL CONCERT PRESENTED BY THE EVELYN GRANT QUARTET
Sep
16
8:00 pm20:00

CLASSICAL CONCERT PRESENTED BY THE EVELYN GRANT QUARTET

St Patrick’s Church, Ahakista 8PM | €15  AVAILABLE FROM ARUNDEL’S BY THE PIER AHAKISTA 027 67033 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL

This will be evening of delightful classical music presented by Evelyn Grant (RTE Lyric Fm) and her Ensemble. Proceeds going to St Patrick’s Church and Rusnacahara National School

‘DOWN UNDER’ NIGHT
Sep
16
9:30 pm21:30

‘DOWN UNDER’ NIGHT

The Eldon Hotel, Bridge Street, Skibbereen/7pm to 9.30 pm/€25/Booking essential numbers limited /028 22802

G’day mate! Ever wondered what the other side of the world eats  - well this is your opportunity to find out! The Eldon Hotel’s Kiwi Head Chef Matthew Brownie and Bar Manager Brett Cleary  will create nine tasting dishes from the Southern Hemisphere including kangaroo. Many surprises in store along with music in the bar afterwards.

 

MINDFULNESS AND FOOD : MEDITATION AND THE SENSES
Sep
17
12:00 am00:00

MINDFULNESS AND FOOD : MEDITATION AND THE SENSES

Dzogchen Beara, Garranes, Allihies/12.00-2.00/€20/Booking Essential/ 027 73032
One  Hour meditation class followed by vegetarian lunch

Situated in the beautifully dramatic natural environment of the Beara Penninsular, Dzogchen Beara, sits high on the rugged cliffs overlooking the Atlantic.  In this unique place of peace and inspiration, participate in a one hour meditation class, which will include Meditation of the Senses, with taste and walking mediation (weather permitting) and obtain a sense of profound tranquillity.  The meditation will be followed by a delicious vegetarian lunch prepared with organic vegetables grown on site, served in the Café, with breathtaking panoramic views of sea and sky.

 

SKIBBEREEN FARMERS MARKET with Irish Army Band (11.00am)
Sep
17
10:00 am10:00

SKIBBEREEN FARMERS MARKET with Irish Army Band (11.00am)

Fairfield Car Park, Skibbereen/10.00am-2.00pm/Free

Every Saturday at the market you can find an extensive range of fresh local produce, including fruit and vegetables, herbs, plants, eggs and honey, preserves, bread, cakes, organic meat, cheese, fish and shellfish.  In addition, the market is the source of a diverse selection of quality local art and crafts and provides a great hunting-ground for collectors of antiques, books and bric-a-brac.  

 

SEAWEED DISCOVERY BY KAYAK
Sep
17
10:00 am10:00

SEAWEED DISCOVERY BY KAYAK

Atlantic Sea Kayaking, Reen Pier/10.00-2.00/€65 (including seaweed snacks) /Booking essential
Duration 4 hours – includes all equipment and tasting

Using kayaks, we will venture into the marine world and be introduced to the world of seaweeds or sea vegetables.  With the kayaks, we can gain access to remote areas where sea vegetables grow in abundance. We will learn to identify some of them and how to sustainably harvest sea vegetables. This is a day of fun, adventure and discovery.  This tour includes seaweed tasting and snacks. With expert guides -  kayaking is safe and easy. 
 

Contact : 028 21058 or email info@atlanticseakayaking.com

 

 

DAY SAIL ON ‘MERLIN’
Sep
17
11:00 am11:00

DAY SAIL ON ‘MERLIN’

Cabery Sailing, Ahakista/027 29101 or 085 225 6901 / €180* pp including lunch on board and dinner At Arundels by the Pier/booking essential numbers limited to 6

Board the beautiful luxurious ocean going yacht ‘Merlin’ for a day, sailing around Bere Island.  While taking in the breathtaking view of West Cork  from the water and listening to the wind in the sails,  indulge in a  Taste of West Cork lunch -  Ummera smoked organic salmon, homemade brown bread and soup, Durrus Cheese, served with warming coffee and tea.  On return to land, recall the wonders of the day spent on the open water over a four course dinner at Arundels by the Pier at 8.00pm.  Why not complete the experience with a night on board ‘Merlin’ for an additional €35* per person, including breakfast on board.  (*€115pp includes:  day sailing, lunch, dinner, overnight on board ‘Merlin’ and breakfast).  www.carberysailing.com

 

SHEEPS HEAD PRODUCERS MARKET
Sep
17
11:00 am11:00

SHEEPS HEAD PRODUCERS MARKET

Arundels by the Pier Car Park, Kitchen Cove, Ahakista/11.00am-1.00pm
 

The Sheeps Head Producers will set up their market in the Car Park at Arundel’s by the Pier. There will be  a wonderful selection of hand made crafts and artisan foods all created and inspired by the beautiful surroundings of The Sheep’s Head Peninsula. This event makes for an ideal family day out as there is a Children’s play ground with dining area adjacent to the venue and Beer Garden with spectacular views across Dunmanus Bay.   

 

CHILDREN’S BAKING COMPETITION COFFEE MORNING HOSTED BY AHAKISTA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Sep
17
11:00 am11:00

CHILDREN’S BAKING COMPETITION COFFEE MORNING HOSTED BY AHAKISTA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

The Cabin, Ahakista 11AM-1PM | 086 222 3531

The Ahakista Community Association will  host a fundraising coffee morning in the Cabin.  Children of all ages are invited to enter into the baking competition where prizes will be awarded for the best decorated fairy cake, the most delicious chocolate brownies and the most fabulous flapjacks!

BEARA FOOD TRAIL
Sep
17
11:00 am11:00

BEARA FOOD TRAIL

Castletownbere/11am/€10.00

Situated between the rugged Caha and Slieve Miskish mountains, and overlooking spectacular Berehaven Harbour,   the vibrant town of Castletownbere, opens its doors for a gastronomic food trail.  Purchase a book of tokens from any of the  participating venues,   which can  be redeemed at various foodie venues in Castletownbere.  Spend the day delighting in the delicious tastes of the Beara Food Trail, where Castletownbere will be showcasing  their specialities.

 

GUIDED WALK ON SHEEP’S HEAD PENINSULA
Sep
17
11:30 am11:30

GUIDED WALK ON SHEEP’S HEAD PENINSULA

Meet at The Cabin, Ahakista/Registration at 11.30pm, Walk will commence at 12.00/ Allow approximately 2.5 hours for this walk.  www.sheepshead.ie

Charlie McCarthy of Hillside Walking Tours will give a guided walk along one of Ireland’s most dramatic coastlines - the Sheep’s Head Trail. During the walk Charlie will share his wealth of extensive local knowledge of the area and the historical sites along the way.  A great day out for all the family. Please bring suitable footwear.

Contact : Charlie McCarthy 086 233 3420 or Eilis Hodnett 086 222 3531

 

COOKERY DEMONSTRATION TAPAS AND CRAFT BEER TASTING
Sep
17
12:30 pm12:30

COOKERY DEMONSTRATION TAPAS AND CRAFT BEER TASTING

Caseys of Baltimore, Baltimore 12.30PM | €10 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 20197

Caseys of Baltimore with their in house nano-brewery, the West Cork Brewing Company, present a tapas cookery demonstration and craft beer pairing.  Tapas -  essentially a style of eating rather than a form of cooking – is traditionally eaten in a social, friendly informal way, complimented by a drink! With the imaginative use of the freshest sourced West Cork ingredients, Caseys of Baltimore will produce tasty ‘little dishes’ giving you little bites of intense flavour, which are  complimented by  the refreshing citrus pale ale of the ‘Sherkin Lass’ and the rich flavours of ‘Roaring Ruby’ craft beers

COOKERY DEMONSTRATION FRANCINE THURNHEER OF COOLAGH BAKES
Sep
17
12:30 pm12:30

COOKERY DEMONSTRATION FRANCINE THURNHEER OF COOLAGH BAKES

Arundel’s By The Pier 12.30PM | €5 | 027 67033

Francine Thurnheer opened Coolagh Bakes, based in Ballydehob,  18 months ago.  Francine has worked in the catering industry since she was 16 and has always had a passion for baking. Francine has quickly established a reputation of excellence, with her wheat and spelt breads, scones and irresistible cakes and she now supplies shops, restaurants and private parties in the area.    

STONE CARVING DEMONSTRATON
Sep
17
1:00 pm13:00

STONE CARVING DEMONSTRATON

Arundels by the Pier, Kitchen Cove, Ahakista 1PM | FREE | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | INFO@THESTONECARVER.COM 086 051 4166

Stone carving demonstration by local Carver Victor Daly. Victor is a time served stone-cutter, with over 20 years’ experience of stone-working in Ireland and abroad. 

COOKING DEMONSTRATION THE GREAT FISH COOK-OFF WITH MARTIN SHANAHAN
Sep
17
1:00 pm13:00

COOKING DEMONSTRATION THE GREAT FISH COOK-OFF WITH MARTIN SHANAHAN

Fields of Skibbereen 1PM | FREE

Fields of Skibbereen host a Seafood Cookery Extravaganza, where two chefs – Peter Wojakowski, Fields Fish Counter King and Martin Shanahan of Fishy-Fishy fame – battle it out for the title of King of the Fish! This wonderful local seafood event will offer tastings galore from all the finest West Cork  fish producers and offer plenty of fun for all the family.

 LOUGH HYNE TO THE SEA
Sep
17
2:00 pm14:00

LOUGH HYNE TO THE SEA

Atlantic Sea Kayaking : Meet at Lough Hyne Car Park /€55.00/2.00pm-5.00pm/ Booking essential

Join Atlantic Sea Kayaking on journey to the sea via the narrows of Lough Hyne, Ireland's only sea lake. Leave the lake and travel down the narrows out to the sea and discover sea caves and marine life. This trip is  timed to  leave the lake on the tide and return on the turn of the tide back into Lough Hyne. Duration: 3 hours

Contact:  028 21058 or email info@atlanticseakayaking.com

EAST TO WEST CORK CHOCOLATE
Sep
17
3:00 pm15:00

EAST TO WEST CORK CHOCOLATE

  • Organico Bantry

Organico, Bantry/Free/3-4

Meet Alison Roberts, Chocolatier of Clonakilty Chocolates for a demonstration (and tasting) of how to make delicious REAL hot chocolate!

COOKING DEMONSTRATION SOMETHING FISHY IN THE GARDEN
Sep
17
6:30 pm18:30

COOKING DEMONSTRATION SOMETHING FISHY IN THE GARDEN

Dunmanway Community Garden (Behind the Astro-turf, Tonafora, Bantry Road, Dunmanway) 6.30- 8.30PM | €10 PER PERSON INCLUDING REFRESHMENTS BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 023 886 8104

Hosted by the Dunmanway Family Resource Centre.  Join Breda Clancy of Clancy’s Fresh Fish in Marcroom, in the Dunmanway Community Garden for a cooking demonstration using West Cork’s finest fresh fish!

COOKING DEMONSTRATION CHOWDER CHOW DOWN
Sep
17
7:00 pm19:00

COOKING DEMONSTRATION CHOWDER CHOW DOWN

Lifeboats Cafe, Baltimore. 7.00PM | €25 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 20528

Chowder recipes differ from restaurant to restaurant and from region to region, with many an evening spent debating how to make the perfect chowder! This is an ideal opportunity to learn how to make the most delicious chowder using West Cork ingredients.Enjoy wine and canapes before class begins! Learn to fillet the fish, prepare a stock and most importantly, cook and present a delicious chowder before sitting down to enjoy your handiwork. Celebrate your success with a tasty dessert and leave armed with a new secret weapon in your recipe book!

HISTORIC HOME DINING EXPERIENCE
Sep
17
7:00 pm19:00

HISTORIC HOME DINING EXPERIENCE

Drishane House, Castletownshend 7PM FOR 7.30PM | €75 (INCLUDING WINE) |BOOKING ESSENTIAL JANE.SOMERVILLE@HOTMAIL.CO.UK OR 028 36126

Jane and Tom Somerville generously open the doors of historic Drishane House to discerning diners.  Drishane House was built by Thomas Somerville in about 1780 and successive generations of Somervilles have created a gracious, unique and timeless house containing portraits and memorabilia of a family stretching back over 300 years. Edith Somerville (the co-author, with Martin Ross, of the Irish R.M. stories) who spent almost all her life there, and loved it, has left a strong imprint on the house and gardens. 
This unique opportunity to attend a formal dinner surrounded by stately grandeur is limited to 14 guests.  Guests will be greeted with a champagne reception, followed by dinner with musical accompaniment, in the formal Georgian dining room where the walls are adorned with portraits of generations of Somervilles (including Edith).  Carriages at 10.30 pm Formal dress (not Black Tie) 

SINGING FOR YOUR SUPPER
Sep
17
7:00 pm19:00

SINGING FOR YOUR SUPPER

Levis Corner House, Ballydehob 7PM | €55 PER PERSON | BOOKING ESSENTIAL 028 37118

Are you prepared to stand up and sing for your supper? Top Irish chef Rob Krawczyk (Tankardstown House, RAI Best Chef in Leinster 2016) returns to his native West Cork to cook here for the very first time, setting up shop in Ballydehob’s legendary Levis Corner House pub (IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2016). This small family pub is now being run by third generation family member Joe O’Leary (formerly, lead singer of Fred) and partner Caroline O’Donnell who have transformed this unique country pub into one of the very best small venues in Ireland. With food writer Joe McNamee performing introductions and lending a hand in the kitchen, Krawczyk will serve up his own take on the very finest produce of his West Cork hinterland including one of Joe O’Leary’s hand reared free range pigs. What’s more, with musical accompaniment from internationally-renowned Irish composer Maurice Seezer, diners are offered the chance to stand up and sing a song of their choice with the best performer winning their ‘supper for free’!

TASTING MENU & IRISH BEVERAGE SHOWCASE
Sep
17
7:30 pm19:30

TASTING MENU & IRISH BEVERAGE SHOWCASE

Mews Restaurant, Baltimore 7.30PM | €95 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | WWW.MEWSRESTAURANT.IE

The final evening of the six-course tasting menu at the awardwinning Mews Restaurant. Booking via website only.

BEARA FOOD AND ARTS BLACK TIE DINNER
Sep
17
7:30 pm19:30

BEARA FOOD AND ARTS BLACK TIE DINNER

Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere 7PM | €55PP | BOOKING ESSENTIAL |  027 71446

The newly reopened and refurbished Beara Coast Hotel will host a fine dining Food and Arts black tie dinner.  The menu has been  specially crafted to reflect the finest shellfish and seafood found on this peninsula.  Accommodation special for diners of €199pp dinner, bed and breakfast.

A TASTE OF WEST CORK -  FRENCH STYLE!
Sep
17
8:00 pm20:00

A TASTE OF WEST CORK - FRENCH STYLE!

Arundels by the Pier Bar & Restaurant, Ahakista 8PM | €50 - 5 COURSE MENU WITH COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS RECEPTION ON ARRIVAL | 027 67033 | ARUNDELSBYTHEPIER@GMAIL.COM

A culinary delight for all food lovers!  Enjoy a fantastic French Themed menu designed by Dominique Carrucci, Head Chef at Arundel’s by the Pier, using the finest of local ingredients from the sea and the land. 

A NIGHT OF WEST CORK TRADITIONAL TALENTS & TREATS
Sep
17
9:00 pm21:00

A NIGHT OF WEST CORK TRADITIONAL TALENTS & TREATS

Hannie Murphy’s,  The West Lodge Hotel, Bantry 9PM | €5 PER ADULT | CHILDREN FREE | 027 50360

A showcase of local traditional talents hosted by musician Neily O’Connor featuring Irish and Set Dancing, Singing, Story telling, and much more…  Enjoy some tasty West Cork treats. Tickets available at Hotel Reception and at Bantry Tourist Office

THE ISLAND OF THE ARTS
Sep
17
10:30 pm22:30

THE ISLAND OF THE ARTS

Sherkin Island Art and Food Trail
Ferry leaves from  Baltimore Pier for Sherkin Island at 10.30am

 

Sherkin Island known as the ‘Island of the Arts’ is a hub of creativity for artists. The island is home to a diverse and interesting group of Artists, many of whom work from wooden studios, that have become a feature of this beautiful island. Artists including Jo Ashby, Bernadette Burns, Terry Farnell, Claus Havermann, Fergus Murphy, Mona O'Driscoll and Sean O'Neill invite you to stroll or cycle around this island, with its breath taking sea views, sandy beaches and leafy lane ways to visit them in their studios at your own pace. Great food will be available from Sherkin North Shore, the Jolly Roger and the Islanders Rest.  Maps and more information available from aislingbipg@gmail.com or sherkinisland.ie 

 

A TASTE OF WEST CORK IN BANDON
Sep
17
Sep 18

A TASTE OF WEST CORK IN BANDON

Caulfields Supervalu, Riverview Shopping Centre, Bandon 10.30AM-2.30PM | FREE

This  family fun day will feature cooking demonstrations by local food suppliers in association with the  Supervalu Food Academy.  This promises to be a great day out with tastings, live bands, face painting, a magic show and free ice cream for every child!

MUSIC BRUNCH IN GLEBE GARDENS
Sep
18
10:00 am10:00

MUSIC BRUNCH IN GLEBE GARDENS

Glebe Gardens, Baltimore 10AM | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 20579

Treat yourself to brunch with  delicious pastries and bread produced in the Glebe bakery while you relax in the tranquillity of Glebe Gardens, enjoying the music

A TASTE OF WEST CORK ON CAPE CLEAR
Sep
18
10:30 am10:30

A TASTE OF WEST CORK ON CAPE CLEAR

Ferry to Cape Clear leaves Baltimore Harbour at 10.30am FERRY TO BE PAID ON BOARDING | €25PP: LUNCH, GUIDED WALK & BUS

On arrival on Cape Clear head to Sean Rua’s Restaurant, meet local historian and archaeologist, Diarmuid Ó Driscéoil, Cape Clear Bird Observatory warden, Sam Bailey and biologist, Dr. Geoff Oliver who  will host a guided walk on this unique island.  After the walk visitors have  two options –Option 1:  the more energetic visitors can head up the hill to visit Mara farm, a working island farm, with native Irish breeds of cattle, ponies and pigs,  free range ducks, hens and guinea fowl.  Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea and a freshly baked scone in the farm shop.  After visiting the farm,  walk to the Heritage Centre, to meet the walkers from Option 2.   Option 2: Take a slow meander back to North Shore where a bus will be on hand to drive  to the Heritage Centre to meet up with walkers from Option1.  All walkers then walk to North Harbour for a delicious bowl of Sorrel Soup served with kelp bread, followed by a Carrigeen moss and blackberry coulis pudding. Depart Cape Clear on ferry at 4.30pm. 

THE ICING ON TOP
Sep
18
Sep 19

THE ICING ON TOP

CAKE DECORATING MASTERCLASS Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere 11AM | FREE | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 027-71446

Join Maria O’Connor, Sugar Studio 49, and local cake decorator Gavin “Con” O’Sullivan for a masterclass in cake decorating!

DRIMOLEAGUE HERITAGE GOURMET WALK
Sep
18
Oct 19

DRIMOLEAGUE HERITAGE GOURMET WALK

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY WHILE YOU WALK! Collins Centra, Drimoleague 2.00PM | €20 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 31331

Drimoleague -  the heart of West Cork, has much to offer -  scenic walks,  wonderful local food producers,  a superb artisan bakery, a nearby  craft beer producer and talented traditional musicians.  Much of the landscape remains completely hidden and undiscovered by visitors. In this unspoilt and hidden oasis Collins Centra host a  Gourmet Walk which combines all the wonderful features of the region – food, scenery, drink, music - for a  great afternoon and evening of entertainment.  Meet at Collins Centra for a starter of Collins artisan bakery sourdough bread , accompanied by Union Hall smoked salmon and paté to get you on your way. Walk a little.  Pause along the route for Peter Ross locally grown strawberries with a glass of refreshing prosecco.  Walk a little to Top of the Rock Pod Park and sit down to barbecue steak or fish,  Vince Collins’ locally grown potatoes and salad accompanied with Peter Ross locally grown vegetables.  Indulge in a delicious dessert of Glenilen panacotta and  Stag Ban craft beer from Balavourney, while being entertained by traditional Irish music performed by local musicians. Walk time approximately  2.5 hours, with chill out time (you decide ... ).

 

FREE FAMILY FUN PICNIC  
Sep
18
3:00 pm15:00

FREE FAMILY FUN PICNIC  

Hosted by : Grow It Yourself (GIY) Skibbereen
Skibbereen Community Orchard and Garden, Gortnaclohy Road /3pm -5pm

 

After meandering through the street market and picking up delicious goodies for a picnic, why not take a stroll down Market Street to discover Skibbereen’s community orchard and garden. Join GIY Skibbereen for a relaxing afternoon of good food and good company. This is a potluck event....if you wish, bring food to share.  Roam the garden; pick and taste fresh herbs, salads and vegetables from the many raised beds; see simple ways to grow your own.  Meet enthusiastic growers who are passionate about growing food together to share. Don’t forget the community orchard and gardens are open and accessible to the public throughout the year, pop in any time to see what’s a growing.  There will also be an apple display: Peruse and taste a selection of locally-grown apple varieties; bring along your own unknown apple varieties for identification. Directions (Take first left after Costcutters Service Station on Market St and garden is on the right)
 

Contacts: Marian Crudge  Jacinta French 087 7756104

 

AN ECLECTIC TASTE OF WEST CORK
Sep
18
3:00 pm15:00

AN ECLECTIC TASTE OF WEST CORK

Meet at The Corner Bar, Skibbereen 3PM | €70 INCLUDING BUS, ENTERTAINMENT & A SUMPTUOUS SPREAD NUMBERS LIMITED | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 087-6719764

An Eclectic Taste Of West Cork is a unique adventure exploring  food, drinks, culture and the craic - everything that West Cork is famous for!  Meet in Skibbereen at the Corner Bar, for a whiskey tasting and a talk courtesy of West Cork Distillers. Travel by bus to sample some of the most iconic music venues in West Cork. Arrive at the historic Levis’ Corner House in Ballydehob (winner of the IMRO Live Music Munster Venue of the Year 2015) where hosts Caroline and Joe present drinks, nibbles and the first stage of the spoken word and music performances.  From Levis’  travel back up the road to the newly reopened, Connolly’s Of Leap (John and Sally McKenna’s Guide recommended 2016) for dinner – a veritable feast of locally sourced meat, smoked fish and vegetables, expertly prepared by Sam McNicholl, proprietor and a host of local chefs,  followed by a showcase of some of Ireland’s finest poetry, comedy, spoken word and music in Connolly’s intimate surroundings - a feast for all your senses. The bus then will return to Skibbereen, at 1am (approximately).

THE KITCHEN MIRACLE
Sep
18
Sep 23

THE KITCHEN MIRACLE

  • Dillons Corner, Skibbereen

Good Things at Dillons Corner, Skibbereen
Five half day Kitchen Miracle: Sunday September 18th 5pm  - Friday 23rd September 3pm
€875pp - 8 Places Max
5 1/2 Day Demonstration and practical course. Price includes all ingredients, light snacks, lunch and food to take home each evening, visits to artisan producers, your own good things apron, complete set of course notes and recipes, dinner for you and a guest, wine tasting and a week of no washing up!  

You will learn a whole repertoire of starters, main courses and puddings. Not to mention all those little extras that impress people; things like delicious home baked bread, home-made mayonnaise and great cakes, all in five and a half days. The class covers basic techniques that can then be readily adapted. For instance, how to sweat, sauté, pan fry, sear, make a basic soup and tart – skills which are applicable in a wide range of recipes. Essentially, you’ll come away from this course proficient and confident.

 

A TASTE OF WEST CORK SEAFOOD PLATTER
Oct
9
7:00 pm19:00

A TASTE OF WEST CORK SEAFOOD PLATTER

An Sugan, Clonakilty 7.00PM | €25 | BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 028 8833719

Throughout the weekend An Sugan will serve a special West Cork Seafood platter of Bantry Bay Mussels, Union Hall Smoked Salmon, Dublin Bay Prawns and local crab from Ring Pier, served with An Sugan brown Bread and complimented by a glass of St Roch French Chardonnay.

WHIDDY ISLAND GUIDED WALK
Oct
10
11:30 am11:30

WHIDDY ISLAND GUIDED WALK

Bantry Pier, Bantry LEAVING BANTRY PIER 11.30AM | €16 BOOKING ESSENTIAL | 086 862 6734

The unique location of Whiddy Island - sheltered by the beautiful mountains of the Beara peninsula to the north and the Sheep’s head peninsula to the south - makes this island a haven for wildlife and many species of birds.   A walk along the shoreline is a journey of discovery,  with a profusion of rock pools to be explored along the way, and magnificent scenery all around.  Delve into the interesting history of Whiddy Island while exploring the  historical sites and ruins.  After the walk enjoy a delicious seafood lunch prepared on the island.