AHEAD of the Taste of West Cork Food Festival officially kicking off in September, the team behind the festival have just launched the West Cork Artisan Food Guide, supported by Cork County Council.
The comprehensive guide was launched last week by Michelin Star chef Ross Lewis of Dublin’s Chapter One Restaurant at Vertigo in Cork’s County Hall.
The West Cork Artisan Food Guide details local food producers, organic farmers, artisan bakers, brewers, distillers and everything in between in one extensive handbook.
With in-depth analysis of the various food and drinks companies operating out of West Cork, as well as information on the people behind the vast and varied plethora of produce created in the region, the guide has been described as ‘an encyclopaedia for the self-professed gastronome’.
Cork County Council’s chief executive, Tim Lucey said the Council was proud to support the project: ‘It truly emulates everything that West Cork food community has to offer, from the coastal and country towns and villages to our beautiful islands that are second to none. The team at A Taste of West Cork Food Festival have done a spectacular job with this publication.’
Adding to the Mr Lucey’s comments, Michelin Star chef Ross Lewis, of Dublin’s Chapter One Restaurant, said the guide was a great idea. ‘My hat goes off to the Taste of West Cork Food Festival voluntary committee – they really are doing such a great job and the guide is a must for anyone with even the slightest interest in food or indeed in West Cork.’ The book will also act as a companion to the Taste of West Cork Food Festival in September, pointing visitors in the direction of many of the producers, suppliers and chefs who will be involved in the ten-day event.
The festival takes place this year from 8th-17th September, with over 180 culinary and adventure events taking place across the region’s 33 towns and villages and nine islands. The guide, priced €5, is available from selected stockists.