Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Live music, entertainment, and street food to tantalise your taste buds, at Clonakilty’s annual culinary food festival.

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Live music, entertainment, and street food to tantalise your taste buds, at Clonakilty’s annual culinary food festival.

Kids Zone

Nothing beats dining al-fresco! This June, the annual, family-friendly food festival will see Clonakilty’s streets transformed into a foodie haven on Saturday 17 June. The Irish Yogurts Clonakilty Street Carnival is an opportunity to sample delicious local food, mix with fellow foodies and experience a true taste of West Cork.

An unmissable foodie experience that has something for everyone. Devour your way through flavourful dishes from 3pm that include seafood linguine, grilled beef fillet sandwich, Clonakilty Blackpudding burger, Pizza al Taglio, noodles and curries, and many more. Catered for by Clonakilty’s top local restaurants and local food producers, including, Kirby’s @ The Whale’s Tail, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Clonakilty Park Hotel, Scannells, The Emmet Hotel, Oak Fire Pizza, Clonakilty Food Company, O’Donovan’s Hotel, Alley Garden Bistro, Abacus Catering, Casey’s and John O’Brien’s Bar and Restaurant.

Kids can enjoy their very own carnival festival experience by dining and playing in the Family Fun Zone. A tasty kids’ menu, musical entertainment, and kids’ activities will all be on hand to keep them amused throughout the day at Astna Street from 11am. Free activities include a drumming workshop, kids’ disco, bouncy castles, penalty shootout, giant Jenga and Connect 4 games, mini golf, face-painting, circus workshop, stilt walkers and an autism family friendly area.

At the launch!

Entertainment throughout the day includes live music by The Kates, Ceomhltas Clonakilty, Clonakilty Brass Band, Andrew Whelton and Shanley’s House Band. Carnival goers will also have the chance to add some jazz to their step as the Clonakilty Swing Dancers (Damhsa Larthar Chorcai) will get audiences on their feet and the West Cork Drumming Group will add extra beat to the festivities.

County Cork has always enjoyed a reputation of being a unique and dynamic food destination in Ireland, and the Irish Yogurts Clonakilty Street Carnival is no exception. A real feast for the senses, this unique food and family fun festival will showcase the very best cuisine and flavours the town has to offer.

Food tickets can be purchased at €18 for adults, €7.50 for children, booking fee applies. Adult tickets include 2 meal dishes, Clonakilty ice cream, wine or soft drink. Tickets can also be purchased from Fuchsia Footwear and Kerr’s Bookshop in Clonakilty. All other activities throughout the day are FREE and streets fully pedestrianised.

When: Saturday 17th June
Where: Clonakilty Town Centre (fully pedestrianised) Time: All day from 11am

Kids Zone, Astna Square from 11am:

Drumming workshop Bouncing castles Penalty shootout Giant football target Giant Jenga

Giant Connect 4 Street bowls
Small kids play area Basketball Hoop Badminton

Mini Golf
Face painting Circus workshop Stilt walkers PLUS MORE...

Live Music (Stage and music sponsored by Casey’s, Mick Finn’s and Carbery Plastics) Astna Square
12pm – Ceomhltas Clonakilty
1pm – Clonakilty Brass Band

2pm – West Cork Drumming

Notes to Editors:

FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (See attached flyer)

Main Stage (Pearse Street)

3.30pm – Swing Dancers and DJ 4pm – West Cork Drumming Group 4.30pm – The Kates

Shanley’s Stage

6pm – Shanley’s House Band

Delicious Street Food (From 3pm Pearse Street)

Clonakilty Park Hotel
Inchydoney Lodge & Spa
Kirby's @ Whale's Tail Restaurant Casey's Bar & Restaurant
Scannells Pub
Emmet Hotel
Oak Fire Pizza
O'Donovan's Hotel / Alley Garden Bistro Clonakilty Food Company
Clonakilty Ice Cream
Abacus Catering (Kids Food)
John O'Brien's Bar & Restaurant

  • Clonakilty is a multi-award-winning, cosmopolitan town in West Cork. It became Ireland’s first ever official Fair-Trade Town in 2003 and Ireland’s First Autism Friendly Town in 2018. Awarded Best Town in Europe 2017 and winner of Irish Tidy Towns competition in 1999 (and Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town in 2012, 2017 & 2022).

  • Clonakilty is home to long-standing famous food brands including Irish Yogurts Clonakilty, Clona Dairy, Shannonvale Foods and Clonakilty Black Pudding.

  • Clonakilty is renowned for its history and picturesque scenery and is host to a vibrant music scene, regular festivals and events, cafes, and restaurants with the finest locally sourced produce, as well as a huge selection of independently owned boutique shops.

  • The first ever Clonakilty Street Carnival took place in 2016 and is an annual event in June. Since 2020, Covid restrictions put the carnival on standby and the last event was in 2019 with a maritime theme.

  • Irish Yogurts Clonakilty is an award-winning family run business making many different varieties of delicious live yogurts and Crème Fraiche since 1994.

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