CELEBRITY chefs Rachel Allen, L’Ecrivain’s Derry Clarke and the Happy Pear brothers are among those getting ready to cook up a storm at the A Taste of West Cork food festival, which starts this weekend.
Food producers, chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, and foodies from all over the region are descending on the area for the festival, which features 255 events taking place in 41 towns and villages and eight islands over 10 days.
In all, the festival is set to attract more than 30,000 visitors. Chair of the festival Helen Collins said: ‘With experienced chefs, superb food and seafood, award-winning restaurants, and a backdrop of stunning land and seascapes, visitors and local people are in for a treat.’
The Happy Pear brothers will be in Bantry’s SuperValu this Friday; Derry Clarke will cook on Sherkin as part of an RNLI fundraiser on Saturday, while Rachel Allen will be in the Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere next Wednesday.
The annual food forum, at Baltimore’s Sailing Club this Saturday, at the earlier time of 1pm, will feature EU Commissioner Phil Hogan, among others.
In a new departure, chefs from Providence, Quincy and Scituate (which is twinned with West Cork) in the US will guest-chef at several restaurants during the festival, along with their French, Italian and Belgian counterparts, making it a truly international event.