Showing posts with label Festival. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Festival. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Festival Cork’s inaugural Dessert Festival!

Week of events planned across Cork for Festival Cork’s inaugural Dessert Festival!

Following on from the success of hugely popular Burger Festival and more recently the Whiskey Festival the team at Festival Cork are delighted to announce their latest event
“ Cork Dessert Festival” running from June 26th to July 2nd - a festival showcasing the finest confections that Cork has to offer.

Ernest Cantillon and Eimear McCarthy festival organisers made the announcement this week:
 “We are very fortunate to have an abundance of quality producers and food outlets in Cork. Following the huge success of our previous festivals and the overwhelming support from businesses and visitors alike it was an easy decision for us to launch our newest event Cork’s very own Dessert Festival”

Across the week a number of well known venues including Electric, Sober Lane and Cafe Velo will pull out all the stops to deliver tastings, workshops and events allowing businesses & producers to promote their dessert offerings in a fun and innovative manner.

“The festival promises to appeal to everyone from the  sweet toothed dessert enthusiast to the master confectioner.” Ernest said, “We hope to showcase some of the finest desserts and allow for a few surprises along the way.”

The Dessert Festival is the first of it’s kind in Cork and if the previous events hosted by Festival Cork are anything to go by it promises to be a real treat.

Stay connected with the festival through
Facebook @Festivalsincork,
Twitter: @Festival_Cork and

If you would like to get involved in the festival please email  

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Food and Drink Spotting

Food and Drink Spotting
Walnut and Date cake via Lorge Chocolatier Kenmare.
See his delicious chocolate and nougat and more at
this weekend's Kenmare Food Carnival.
Farmer's Market for Camphire International Horse Trials & Festival

Local food and craft producers from across the region are set to feature at the Camphire International Horse Trials which will take place in west Waterford from July 26 to 28.

For those with a sweet tooth Maurice Butler from the Dungarvan based Butler’s traditional Ice cream will be on hand to ensure visitors enjoy some of Ireland’s finest handmade Ice-cream, Baldwin’s Farmhouse Ice-cream from Knockanore and Candy Rock Lane from Cork will also be on hand with sweet treats.

The Summerhouse Café from Lismore will be onsite with their popular local produce along with Helen Murphy’s Catering whilst Volcano Wood Fired Pizza will serve up delicious artisan pizza from their mobile wood fired pizza oven.

According to Festival Organiser, Billy Garvey, “Visitors to Camphire will be able to sample some wonderful local food produce whilst enjoying all the equestrian action of the Trials.  Furthermore, the wonderful views of the Blackwater valley provide a truly unique setting to enjoy what will be a great weekend in our outdoor Village.”

Free Wine and Poetry!
Don’t miss the Free wine at Felix Dennis's poetry readings this week in Dublin and Cork - there's gallons of it, according to Stuart of From Vineyards Direct. Dennis is “one of the most popular, critically acclaimed poets of recent times attracting thousands of dedicated fans across the globe”. Check him out here
 €20 - Tickets / €10 Concessions (Includes pretty much unlimited FVD Wine.....a good time guaranteed). 
Dublin - Thursday 11th July
The Button Factory
 Cork - Saturday 13th July
The Firkin Crane  

Galway’s Masquerade Extravaganza

A carnival of masked revellers, led by a lively band, will wind through Galway’s medieval streets on Saturday 28th September during the highly anticipated Gala ‘Mardi Gras’ style masquerade event, sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants.

Combining five bands, three venues and one great party, the evening is tipped to be the 2013 festival highlight! Guests are invited to don their most colourful clothes and captivating masquerade masks as they venture on the movable feast. In each of the three venues, guests will indulge in a different course of delicious seafood while being entertained by live performances ’til the wee hours.

The Galway Oyster Festival has been hailed by the Sunday Times as “one of the 12 greatest shows on earth” and ranks in the AA Travel Guide among Europe‘s 7 Best Festivals as well as most recently winning a place in the Independent UK 10 Best Food Festivals.

As this vibrant city pulls out all the stops for The Gathering, 2013 is the year to taste the celebrated hospitality and vibrant atmosphere that is gloriously Galway. More info from

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cork French Food and Wine Festival

Cork French Food and Wine Festival

The Cork French Food and Wine Festival returns to Cork this May being hosted in St Patrick's Woolen Mills, Douglas, Cork. 

The three day event is set to be an interesting mix of the Best of French Cuisine, French wines with French cabaret and Music and add a certain 'je ne sais quoi' at the Douglas venue. It also includes a French Food trail in Cork City as Cork Favourite restaurants are including a French dish on their menus. 

Thursday 9th at 7pm: BANQUET A LA FRANCAISE.
A Suprise seven courses menu prepared by chef Michael Flemings of Flemings restaurant. - Price = 50€ - Bookings at 021-4617832 

Friday 10th from 5pm : MARCHE NOCTURNE and WINE FAIR.
 - Free entry 
At 9pm : Music and dance with 'Two Time polka' - Tickets = 10€ 

Saturday 11th from 11am to 18.00. : 
C'est La fete!! : Festival day, with French dishes prepared by Cork restaurants, Wine Fair, Pigs on the Spit,... And many activities for Kids and Adults organised by Frankfield Petanque Club, Artlink, Art in the park,, Enfants Francophones de Cork, Eurochild.. and many more... 

Saturday Night from 8pm:
 Cabaret Night with French Singer Caroline Moreau. 
Tickets = 16 € including a glass of wine. (See

For more info, see and our facebook page at Cork french food and wine festival. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Food to feature in Ring of Cork Fest

Food will be one of five themes featured when the Ring of Cork festival is held in Midleton next month...
There will be live cookery demonstrations by renowned Cork chefs including food writer and cook, Lilly Higgins. Artisan food producers and stalls from all over the South and East Cork area will showcase the finest delicacies and delights on offer in the Region. Tastings and market stalls will ensure that visitors really get a taste for the Ring of Cork. Read more here.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Festival at Franciscan Well

The Franciscan Well Festival
Enjoyed my afternoon at the Franciscan Well Festival. Loads of choice with beers and cider from all over. The Festival continues tomorrow Sunday from 2.00pm. Get on down!
Top right: Yours truly and Caroline of 8 Degrees; bottom left: Ronan
Brennan of Galway Hooker and Daniel Emerson of Stonewell Cider.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


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The Atlantic Way through its Food Pillar is promoting the richness and variety of artisan food in the Atlantic Way Region, all along the west coast.
This coming weekend, a series of events named "Féasta Bia" will include bespoke food trails, tasting sessions, enjoying local produce in restaurants and in local farmers' markets as well as food workshops for kids.

Some relevant links:
· Féasta Bia on facebook

Monday, July 25, 2011

Clonakilty Waterfront Festival 2011

Clonakilty Waterfront Festival 2011

Avril, of Rosscarbery Recipes (who make award winning black and white pudding) plus fabulous rashers and sausages), has been in touch to tell me that the Clonakilty Waterfront festival starts this coming Thursday. Music, craic and good food will feature strongly from Thursday right through to a monster Farmers Market on Sunday.

The festival kicks off on Thursday July 28th to the rousing sounds of the Roaring Forties; sure to have everyone on their feet, with Cafe Orchestra also providing further entertainment on the opening night, while guests are treated to every local delicacy imaginable in the signature opening event “Flavours of West Cork”, sponsored by Carbery. This spectacular event features suppliers and restaurateurs from around West Cork providing festival goers with the opportunity to taste their culinary delights before they enjoy Ireland’s premier Swing Band.

Avril says it was great last year: “I’ll be there again, alongside the Celtic Ross stand. It should be good again. All sorts of great food. Hope to see you all there.” And do call to the Rosscarbery stand. In addition to the top black and white pudding, you may also get a taste of their fabulous rashers and sausages, all from their free range pigs.

You’ll find all the festival details here.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


With Pancake Tuesday, Paddy’s Day and Mothers Day all approaching fast, here is your chance to plan ahead.
Mairead O’Brien of Nash 19 has been in touch to say their top class Food Shop will this year be selling home made batter. 
We will be selling fresh batter. No 1 is Spelt and Buttermilk batter (wheat free) €3.85 while number 2 is a Gluten Free batter €3.85. We’ll also have pancakes in the fridge as well as having Pancakes on the restaurant menu.”

I enjoyed my real Easter Eggs from Nicole Dunophy of Pandora Bell. This year the Limerick company has gone one better. 
Nicole: “Pandora Bell’s delicious Real Eggshell with Praline Chocolate has accessorized itself this year with a ‘Belle’ handbag to enhance even the most daring Easter Bonnet. This limited edition bag comes with three real chickens eggshells filled with the smoothest praline chocolate and is available exclusively at and during Easter week at Arnotts.”

Lovers of Pandora Bell’s Real Eggshell will find it on shelves in Fine Food Stores Nationwide again this year.  The eggs are sold separately with minimum of fuss and packaging just a beautiful elegant band for E2.75 – 2.95. Stockists include Fallon and Byrne, Donnybrook Fair Dublin, Cornstore at Home Limerick and Karibas in Ballinasloe. All that is left for the chocolate lover to do is crack the shell, peel and enjoy.
O’Brien’s Chop House in Lismore has plenty of food and entertainment lined up for you.
St. Patrick's Eve Feast, Trad-Music & Sing-a-long
Wednesday 16 March sees us celebrate the following St. Patrick's Day with an evening of food and song. Drinks on arrival will be followed by a Feast of local produce and then we'll be rolling in the piano, handing out the song sheets and all enjoying a good old traditional sing-song. The 'craic' will be mighty and if you're lucky you'll be off on the 17 to enjoy the local parades. Paddy's Day also marks the opening of Lismore Castle Gardens, which is a must-see if you are in the area.


Mothering Sunday

We all have a little longer than usual to plan that special lunch out this year as Mother's Day is falling a little later than normal on Sunday 03 April this year. O'Brien Chop House will be offering our great value Sunday lunch menu of traditional McGrath's roasts, Ballyvolane Saddleback roast pork with crackling, homemade pies, fresh fish and much more besides.

You can get all the Chop House details here 

Good Food Ireland has a range of fantastic St Patricks Day packages from leading Good Food Ireland members. Just click on the links below for a huge variety of things to do around the country.