A Taste of West Cork Food Festival is an annual, ten day September event that celebrates not only West Cork’s unique food culture, but also the people and land that produce that food. A pure joy to the senses, the festival is a culinary adventure through the dramatic backdrop of 41 local towns, villages and 8 islands; stretching from the sandy beaches of Inchydoney, to the splintered landscape of the Beara peninsula and reaching out into the Wild Atlantic Ocean through the scattered islands off Roaringwater Bay.
While West Cork’s rich bounty is available to enjoy all year round, the festival itself – created by local people – treats visitors to more than 250 events; bringing them right into the heart of what West Cork and its culture is all about, through face to face encounters with pioneering food producers and organic farmhouses, enjoying food in many different ways from foraging to market stalls and a rare opportunity to experience food, crafted by world renowned guest chefs, in unique venues from stately homes and castles to distilleries that open exclusively for the festival.
The 2019 A Taste of West Cork Food Festival programme is currently under development and will be available from May 2019.
Awards : A Taste of West Cork Food Festival won Best Wild Atlantic Way Experience by the Irish Tourism and Travel Industry in February 2019, Best West Cork Festival in the Southern Star Business and Tourism Awards,and was shortlisted for Best Food Destination in the inaugural International Travel and Tourism Award 2018. In 2017, West Cork was awarded Number 1 Foodie Destination of Ireland by the Restaurant’s Association of Ireland and in 2016, A Taste of West Cork Food Festival won Chambers Ireland’s Festival of the Year 2016.