Showing posts with label Design Pop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Design Pop. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 24, 2021




Three generations of the Hyde Family as Ballymaloe Foods prepares to meet customers for the first time since 2019 as part of Design POP Cork. Pictured are Yasmin Hyde and her daughters, Rose Callaghan and Maxine Hyde and her granddaughter baby Cara Callaghan. Picture: Clare Keogh

Design POP will be the first opportunity to meet customers face-to-face since 2019

Ballymaloe Foods has joined with Cook Architects as part of Design POP Cork, an architecture, design and food festival that runs from August 27th to 29th. The event celebrates creativity, collaboration and Cork city and will see Ballymaloe Foods located in Elizabeth Fort for three days. 

Architects Dermot Harrington and Paul Carpenter have designed and created a special pavilion for Ballymaloe Foods that will be located within the grounds of the 17th century star-shaped fort. The pavilion is a bespoke structure that captures and represents the ethos of the food brand.

The festival is Ballymaloe Foods’ first opportunity to meet customers face-to-face since 2019. There will be product sampling giveaways from midday until 2pm each day. 

Maxine Hyde, the General Manager of Ballymaloe Foods is delighted to be meeting customers in person again, “We really missed travelling to festivals and shows over the last 18 months. It’s wonderful to be able to do that again. We’ve really enjoyed partnering with Cook Architects on this project. Their design brings the story of Ballymaloe Foods and our Great Taste Award Winning products - Ballymaloe Original Relish, Ballymaloe Pickled Irish Beetroot and Ballymaloe Irish Mayonnaise to life. I hope that members of the public will get as much enjoyment out of it as we have.”

Ballymaloe is a family-run business and Maxine Hyde says architecture is as important to them as food is: “Ballymaloe Foods began with a single recipe created by my grandmother, Myrtle Allen. Her family were prominent architects in Cork for generations and designed many well-known churches, homes and buildings throughout the 19th century. We are delighted to be able to honour that tradition in some way by partnering with Cook Architects to celebrate and support the arts in Cork.”

Elizabeth Fort will be open on Friday and Saturday from 10am - 4:30pm and on Sunday from 12pm - 4pm. There will be activities between midday and 2pm each day. 

Saturday, August 21, 2021





Happening across Cork city | 27th - 29th August 2021

Jimmy Rennick (Design Partners)


Cork city’s architecture, design and food festival, Design POP, returns to the streets of Cork this August 27th - 29th. Enjoy architecture, food, and design through a series of outdoor architectural pavilions, events, talks, exhibitions, and conversations.


Making up for last year’s cancellation, this year’s bumper programme will see seven architect, designer and food collaborators working on seven outdoor pavilions, situated at different locations around Cork city: Mark Horgan and River Club Bar at The River Lee Hotel; Play Nice studio and Currabinny at Wandesford Quay; Cook Architects and Ballymaloe foods at Elizabeth Fort; Alan Macilwraith of JCA Architects and Good Day Deli at Nano Nagle Place; Maser and Crawford Gallery Café at Emmett Place; Wilson Architects and Naturally Nourished at Penrose Dock; CCAE and Blackrock Castle Observatory at Blackrock Castle.

(Full details on the pavilions and activation times can be found here: )


Design POP will also host over 15 events at the outdoor festival HQ – The Courtyard at Cork Printmakers, The Lavit Gallery, and Backwater Artist Group on Wandesford Quay:


Kerri Cahill
Opening day speaker


The festival opens with three events: talks by Kari Cahill, The Project Twins, and Director of The Lewis Glucksman Gallery Fiona Kearney (supported by Cork Chamber of Commerce).



-   Panel discussion “Plating Up with Local Produce - Telling A Story with Food Through Photography & Styling” with Brid O’ Donovan, OHK Cafe and Laura Edgerton (Culinary Cork).

-   THE BIG IDEA with Kim Mackenzie-Doyle, Jonathan Leahy Maharaj, Eugene Canavan and Amy McKeogh.

Panel discussion "The Launch- Launching a new brand and the creative process behind it”, with Ernest Cantillon (Kinsale Gin and Red Earl Whiskey), Tony Speight (WCC Roastery) and Laura Edgerton

- A talk hosted by Studio Anois

- “In conversation with Toonsbridge Dairy and The Real Olive Company” with Jenny-Rose Clarke (Toonsbridge) and Kate Ryan (

- “In conversation with Ardú and MASER” (supported by Pat McDonnell paints.)

-   RIAI + DESIGN POP present Alastair Hall from Hall McKnight Architects, Sandra O’Connell (RIAI) and Tony Duggan (Cork City Council) in Cork Centre for Architectural Education



-   Panel discussion “Interior design - Design and creativity how it impacts our everyday lives”, with Kate O’Neill (The Visual Loop), Sarah O’Neill, Niamh McCabe (Nimcake) and Cathy Angelini (Cathy Flamingo)

- Panel discussion “Diversifying - The Power and Importance of Diversifying your Brand” with Erica Drum (virtual Chef), Tim Stone (Popsicle) and Laura Edgerton (Culinary Cork).

 (supported by Local Enterprise Office Cork City)

-   Panel Discussion "The Impact Creativity Has On Our Lives- What Creativity Means to You and Everyone Else”, with Simon Roche (HMH/ Bureau), artist Shane O’Driscoll and Jimmy Rennick (Design Partners)

- Claudia Kinmonth in conversation with the milking stool designers, Adrian Duyn and Tricia Harris,  in Nano Nagle Place’s courtyard.

- A talk hosted by Rae Moore of Atelier Rae, architecture practice.

-Closing Event: Behind the Pavilions with all the architects, designers, and food producers for a conversation about creating their pavilion.


Shane O'Driscoll




Design Pop’s annual ‘Milking Stool’ exhibition returns, sponsored by Abbey Woods. This exhibition, happening at Nano Nagle Place, is a celebration and showcase of the diverse talent of furniture designers throughout Ireland. By challenging each designer to embody their unique design style through the medium of the humble milking stool. This is a unique opportunity to create a modern reinterpretation of this traditional form.

The furniture pieces will be auctioned through the Design POP website, allowing members of the public and visitors to the exhibition to purchase a stool over the duration of the festival. ( )


RIAI along with Cork City Council will present an exhibition of some of the architecture competition entries for the Bishop Lucey Park redesign. There will be a panel discussion between Cork City Architect Tony Duggan, Sandra O’Connell Director of Architecture and Communications at the RIAI, and the winners of the competition Hall McKnight Architects.


Tickets are now on sale for all events, early booking is advised due to limited capacity allowing for social distancing. For full details visit


Design POP is supported by Backwater Artists Group, Cork Printmakers and the Lavit Gallery through the Arts Council of Ireland's in The Open – Faoin Spéir award: A curated programme of multi-disciplinary, inclusive arts activities in community outdoor spaces running from July 2021-April 2022. #InTheOpenFaoinSpeir

Design POP is also made possible with generous support from Cork City Council and LEO Cork City.


Twitter / @designpopcork


Tuesday, August 17, 2021

CorkBilly Latest Food & Drink

CorkBilly Latest Food & Drink
Week 210820. Update #1

Plan to issue this mid-week with updates towards weekend. If you have any food or drink news, DM me a line or two, plus a link and a photo if available. Of course, if you have "big" news, let me know also and we can do a full standalone post.

Escape to Celtic Ross for this three day lazy summer break

The team at Celtic Ross have created this three day lazy summer break in West Cork to maximise the benefits of a visit to Rosscarbery and experience the variety of culinary offerings at Celtic Ross and the local food producers featured on our menus. This three day escape is a definite opportunity to explore, eat sleep and enjoy!
Inclusions in this package are:
•Bed and breakfast for three nights in a double or twin room
•Clonakilty gin cocktail to enjoy at your leisure
•Dinner in the Kingfisher Restaurant on an evening of your choice
•West Cork style street food from CRAFT
•Afternoon tea for two with a selection of home baked sweet and savoury treats
•Complimentary Rosscarbery walking guidebook
•Complimentary use of the leisure centre.

More details and booking here

Hederman Smoked Salmon

Coming Fridays & Saturdays to the - freshly made Hederman smoked salmon wraps to go. Have a healthy & delicious picnic lunch.

Creamy Chocolate Eclairs from Hassett's

Did you know that Hassett's Bakery make their Eclairs with Fresh Irish Cream and rich Belgian chocolate? "Pop into our stores in Douglas, Carrigaline or The English Market to taste how great they are." Check out their video here on Twitter.


Vienna Woods Hotel

Cork's Vienna Woods Hotel is a country house hotel steeped in history. A ten minute drive from Cork's City Centre, perched among the leafy woodlands of Glanmire, Cork's Vienna Woods Hotel is the perfect getaway for every occasion.
Vienna Woods is open for residents and indoor and outdoor dining for non-residents. 
*To comply with government guidelines, indoor dining is only facilitated for fully vaccinated, please have your covid cert/ proof of vaccination and a valid ID. 
Please ring 021 455 6800 or email


The perfect subscription for you - The Wine Lover!

from Cork based Wines Of The World

Their wine experts select 6 delicious wines from around the world and send to your door each month.


  • A mix of 6 different wines each month

  • Free Delivery Nationwide

  • Tasting Notes for each wine


BILLY LYONS (from Irish Times 18th Nov 2013)

Dublin gets the column inches, but Cork has a renowned food scene, and there is good value to be found, says Lyons, who has blogged about food in Cork since he retired six years ago. He had a few local favourites (in 2013).

Cicchetti at Gusto Nov '13

“At Cafe Gusto, Washington Street, six Cicchetti (Italian tapas), two main courses (from a large choice) and two glasses of good wine costs €30 for two, Thursday to Saturday. At the House Cafe in the Opera House, typical fare includes Ballyhoura wild mushrooms with free range egg in a delicious omelette for €8.50. Small-plate menus are increasingly popular. Jacques, in the city, and the Greenroom at Sage in Midleton are also worth a call.”

More on the Gusto Cicchetti here

The Coffee House

Coffee House - Fermoy Café
Vine leaves from Kilworth!

A friend of mine in the Fermoy area  is very enthusiastic about the newish Coffee House in the town. It is run by Tom and located where the French restaurant  (La Bigoudenne) used to be many years ago.

"Tom has his own coffee roastery in Poland so has a very unique selection of coffees. His wife, Kasha, bakes all their cakes and breads and they do a roaring trade on a Friday night for interesting takeaway at very good value, from 12e per person, a feast! 

He is a real character who is not very good at self promotion! He does a great lunch during the week that is well worth checking out if you are in the area!"

More details on the Coffee House Facebook here.

Priory Coffee Arrive In The Victorian Quarter

The brand new Priory Coffee Co. on MacCurtain Street, Cork City, opened on Monday! "We can't wait to welcome you! You can come in or use our handy Priory Hatch for Coffee & food on the go! "

Priory are already well established in North Main St Cork (next to Gate Cinema), in Youghal (Main St), Mallow (106 Main St), Fermoy (Brian Boru Sq), and




Lord Mayor, Cllr. Colm Kelleher with Aaron Mansworth and Sandra Murphy of the Trigon Hotels clocking up the kilometres.

Trigon Hotels cycled the distance from Cork to Dublin and back during a six-hour spinathon in Cork City Centre last Friday. The event raised over €1,000 for Cope Foundation.

Hotel team members took to static bikes on Harley Street which were kindly given by UCC’s Mardyke Arena. They travelled 576km and burned a combined total of more than 14,000 calories. 

A team of 40 people were involved in the event including cyclists and bucket collectors. The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Colm Kelleher was among the supporters to cheer on the participants. 

Lord Mayor, Cllr. Colm Kelleher said “It is wonderful to see this collaboration with Trigon Hotels and Cope Foundation and Ability@work. Inclusivity is imperative in the workplace and it is great to see Trigon Hotels foster such a close relationship with the Cope Foundation. It has been challenging for charities to have fundraising events since the pandemic began due to not being able to organise and host their usual events and so it is really important to support charities and companies when they do organise events.”

The Watergrasshill Vineyard
Did you know there's a vineyard in Watergrasshill? It is small, experimental and in its infancy. See more on its Twitter account: @Ireland_Wines

Design POP Info
Quite a lot of food interest in this month's Design Pop.
For instance, you can see creative studio Play Nice team up with food obsessives Currabinny at Wandesford Quay.

Play nice studio

Play Nice are a creative studio based in Dublin that designs, builds and styles eye-catching immersive spaces for people and products. Our aim is to create playful digital or physical worlds of colour for people to engage in and enjoy. That can range from providing creativity for photoshoots, temporary pop-ups or permanent work in public or commercial spaces.


William Murray & James Kavanagh gave birth to Currabinny after a discussion on how they could turn their unwavering obsession (food) into a career. William studied & grew his love of food at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Co. Cork - which is headed up Darina Allen & Rory O’Connell. In Ballymaloe, William nurtured his love of dishes that are unashamedly created with lots of real butter, Maldon Salt & seasonal, fresh vegetables. James comes from the other side of the food world; marketing. Having worked for two of his favourite Irish brands; Kerrygold & Barry’s Tea, he has learned what goes into making a beautiful product. Witnessing the passion & quality that goes into making a Barry’s teabag, and how the perfect grass has to exist in order for Kerrygold Butter to be as delicious as it is, has strongly influenced his food ethos.  

All the info on this and many other events here

Thursday, August 5, 2021



Happening across Cork city - on the ground and online

27th - 29th August 2021



Love Design, Food and Events in equal measure and want to gain experience in all three? Then why not volunteer with Design POP.


The intention of Design POP has always been to celebrate the incredible talent in Architecture, Design, and Food/Drink producers in Ireland. It is more important than ever to celebrate creativity, collaboration, and support our local talent.


This year’s programme is its biggest yet – the festival has already announced seven architect, designer and food collaborations working on seven different outdoor pavilions which will be situated in different locations around Cork city: Mark Horgan and River Club Bar at The River Lee Hotel; Play Nice studio and Currabinny at Wandesford Quay; Cook Architects and Ballymaloe foods at Elizabeth Fort; Alan Macilwraith of JCA Architects and Good Day Deli at Nano Nagle Place; Maser and Crawford Gallery Café at Emmett Place; Wilson Architects and Naturally Nourished at Penrose Dock; CCAE and Blackrock Castle Observatory at Blackrock Castle.

(Full details on the pavilions can be found here: )


Design POP will also host over 15 events at the outdoor festival HQ.


Volunteers are a vital part of the festival team. It’s a fantastic opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills. The festival, which takes place across various venues in Cork city from 27th – 29th August, requires people power for a number of positions including event stewards, and production assistants. All social distancing regulations will be strictly adhered to and masks must be worn.

If you are looking for work experience with festivals and concerts, if you have been to Design Pop previously and you want to get involved in the heart of the action, or if you are just up for a fun weekend and think you'd enjoy helping out then send an email to


Full details on Design Pop, 27th – 29th August, can be found at



Design POP is made possible with generous support from Cork City Council and LEO Cork City.