Cork is a haven rich in food and drink. From the lush green pastures of our farms to the bountiful seas off our coast, we have produce to inspire innovative chefs and adventurous artisans producers...
Cork is a haven rich in food and drink. From the lush green pastures of our farms to the bountiful seas off our coast, we have produce to inspire innovative chefs and adventurous artisans producers. There is so much going on in Cork when it comes to food and drink you could spend a year or even more trying to sample it all.
When it comes to our food, our ethos has always been to share. We love it when visitors come to sit at our table, to sample our best and dive right into Cork’s deep food culture.
Our best known, award-winning restaurants are destinations in their own right. Cork cuisine also has a quirky and unconventional side, a taste for the surprising and the exotic. Or if you prefer, we have the reassuring comfort foods that have fed generations.
West Cork was recently named Ireland’s top foodie destination by the Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) and is said to be “setting the benchmark for food tourism in Ireland”.
Restaurants in the region are renowned for the pride and passion they show in serving high-quality local produce and West Cork’s premier food festival A Taste of West Cork has added to Cork's reputation as Ireland's Food Capital and is now a huge hit with over 230 events and 33 guest chef events.
The aim of the festival is to celebrate the magic ingredients that form the very special and unique place that is West Cork – superb food and seafood, stunning land and seascape; fascinating islands, great art and craft, innovative and intriguing people.
The festival brings together a unique mix of food markets, cooking demonstrations, dinners, brunches and banquets with guest chefs, food-tastings, talks, exhibitions as well as events for children.
A host of glowing reviews in international publications has generated huge interest in visiting West Cork – the lure of eating in this foodie paradise combined with the region’s location on one of the country’s main tourist attractions, the Wild Atlantic Way, is proving irresistible to those looking to reawaken all their senses.