Food and Drink Spotting

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Food and Drink Spotting  
Bantry Festival of Food
As Bantry’s Atlantic Challenge contest draws to a close, and after the pirates have had their revelry on the 28th, it will be high time to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.
On Sunday 29th July, the Bantry Festival of Food, sponsored by Bord Bia, is bringing together foodies, chefs and food producers on the shores of Bantry Bay to enjoy the best of the great food West Cork has to offer.
As you watch the curraghs, windsurfers and wooden boats in Bantry Bay, you’ll get to pick up tips from local chefs, and sample your way through stalls that showcase the best of Irish food.

Fenn’s Quay. Busy Week
Fenn’s Quay have announced a series of events for next week as part of Cork Food Week.
On Monday, you may join Head chef Kate at the table and taste a special menu – designed only for this one night. Be the one who chats with the chef while eating dinner. Kate will introduce and explain each course and will answer any question you have about the food. Price pp: €30 incl. 3-course menu & wine. Monday 30th July - 7:30pm.

On Wednesday, there is a food Blind tasting menu, also €30 (incl. 7-course tasting menu & glass of wine). And on Friday, a Food Quiz will be held. Price pp: €15 incl. finger food & glass of wine/bottle of beer. Please note that places are limited and booking is essential. Email to reserve a place or for more information.

12 mile menu winner
Great to see Midleton’s Sage Restaurant rewarded for their innovation with the prize for top dish (12 Mile)  at last week’s enjoyable Cork Food Fest. Springfort’s feather blade beef once again caught the eye or should that be taste buds. Must say I thought the dishes overall – starters and mains in particular (didn’t try too many desserts!) – were top notch.
For my own part, I’d like to have seen more recognition for the excellent menus of near neighbours Hayfield Manor and Fresco. Didn’t get a chance to try all the food but another dish that I thought was fantastic was the Thai Chicken Noodle Soup by Isaac’s.
And, moving to glasses, wasn’t that a fantastic Sherry exhibition and tasting by Colm McCan of Ballymaloe!

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