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A Taste of West Cork

Last Sunday we travelled to Skibbereen for ‘A Taste of West Cork Food Frestival’ in anticipation of a food filled day with “the centre of Skibbereen taken over by a host of stalls and marquees”, lots of kids entertainment was promised including dance, arts, drama, bouncy castles and make and do.  Turns out all of this is going on NEXT Sunday!  All, however, was not lost.   Ravenous with the hunger we piled into the first restaurant we came across – ‘Le Voyage’ which turns out to be a bit of  a gem.  Great value, excellent service and quality food, more than made our trip to Skibbereen worthwhile.
‘A Taste of West Cork’ is indeed well underway and started with a conference entitled ‘Food for the Future-Can Ireland Feed Itself?’ on Saturday 11th.  On the Sunday that we visited there was a ‘Food Trail’ by bus to local producers and a talk on preserving tomatoes, sauces, chutneys etc at Glebe Gardens Baltimore.  There are workshops and demonstrations during the week (Martin Shanahan of Fishy Fishy Kinsale is on tonight in West Cork Hotel at 7pm).  Wednesday 15th sees a Sushi demonstration at Annie May’s Restaurant at 6pm and ‘Le Voyage’ are offering a 5 Course Seafood Menu on the same night at 7pm.
Highlights on Thursday will be a reading with John and Sally McKenna at 4pm at ‘The Time Travellers Bookshop’ and at 7pm that evening there is a sparkling wine red carpet reception at ‘The Church Restaurant’ where they are putting on a 4 course banquet with live music.
Friday and Saturday are packed full of activities and opportunities for tasting the best local produce – see for more.  Sunday 19th will be family fun day incorporating open-air market / festival / fun-day at the Fairfield in the centre of Skibbereen.  Lots of fun, music and cookery demonstrations are promised with a giant screen showing the all-Ireland Final.
Selection of cheese with ‘Gubbeen Cheese Oatcakes’ all purchased in Fields Supervalu, Skibbereen ‘A Taste of West Cork’ Food Festival Sponsor.
Til next time, Sheila
p.s. one pot recipe on Thursday.


Irish Author - Dubut romantic fiction novel 'Good Enough' published in 2021. 'Gimme Dinner' a collection of 50 great dinner recipes published in 2022. 'Enjoy' published by Mercier Press in 2016 .'Gimme the Recipe' published in 2012. Work in admin of our Food Safety Consultancy business - Industrial Management Systems with my husband Denis.

2 thoughts on “A Taste of West Cork

  1. Hi Sheila
    Sorry you got the wrong date – better a week to early than a week too late

    Hope to see you on Sunday (19th) at the Family Funday – there’s everything you mentioned, plus prize draws for some fantastic prizes including a free family return ticket on the Cork-Swansea Fastnet Line ferry, a draw for several hampers provided by the good folks at Skibbereen Farmers’ Market, the Big Screen for the Match, a beer tent (also for the Match!) – craft & food demos (I’ll be making stained glass!) – there’s a lot going on….

    Come along and join in the fun – full details on

    Adrian – Inspired-glass – Ballydehob

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