FRANCISCAN WELL WINS BEST TOURIST BAR IN IRELAND Now in its 20th year the Franciscan Well Brewpub has, over the past two decades, become an institution on the Cork map for locals and tourists alike, serving an eclectic range of drinks from beers brewed on site, Irish and international craft brews, spirits, wines and cocktails, to be enjoyed in their large beergarden, their cosy bar or upstairs in their hand crafted cocktail bar. ‘As craft beer has boomed over the past decade, brewery driven travel has followed suit & we are delighted to be recognised as a destination for tourists who come to Cork to learn about our rich brewing culture’ Says Kate Clancy, Marketing Manager of the Brewpub The brewpub has also become the hub of education for the drinks industry in Cork. They provide daily informative Tours & Tastings where visitors can discover the rich heritage, learn how to taste & pair beer with whiskey & how beers are brewed the Cork Way! ‘We saw a massive increase in tourist in the bar this summer and as a result we had to extend our tours to run daily three times a day’ Says Kate. Home to some of Ireland’s longest running beer festivals the ‘Well’ also hosts weekly events such as Brewhouse Jazz, Lively Trad Sessions & Traditional Irish Story Telling. The brewpub opens daily from 1pm with wood fired pizzas being served until 10pm by the delicious Pompeii Pizza. From left to right: Kate Clancy, Marketing Manager & Noel Finn, General Manager
Inspiring Wellness Event for Women in Business in aid of the IGBF 13 SEP, 2018 In a bid to raise much needed funds for the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund, Elevate are hosting their inaugural women in business event in the Maryborough Hotel, Cork on the 13th September. Focusing on the theme of work life balance, this event will celebrate women succeeding in the workplace and offer a valuable networking opportunity to all attendees. Commencing at 11.30am with light refreshments, the event will be headlined by Aldagh McDonogh, Group CEO of Morgan McKinley and Colette Twomey, Managing Director of Clonakilty Blackpudding Company. Following on from these accomplished women in business, attendees will have a three-course meal, an opportunity to network and hear professional advice on how to manage their work life balance from Catherine Cashman, Health and Wellness Expert. The Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund is a nationally registered Irish charity, which assists people in the retail, wholesale and supplier trade sector in Ireland. The objective of the Fund is to provide financial relief for persons in need, who have been involved in the Food and Beverage Trades. This includes retail grocers, wholesalers, manufacturers and general suppliers to the industry. LOCATION Maryborough Hotel, T12 XR12
FEAST on Food Memories: Wed 5th September with Dr Regina Sexton 05 SEP, 2018 Chef Dervilla O’Flynn will write an East Cork menu for the night, inspired by the philosophy of Myrtle Allen. Before dinner is served, we are delighted to welcome Food Historian Dr Regina Sexton to share her Food Memories and memories of Mrs. Allen and host an interactive Round Table discussion. The evening will begin with a seasonal cocktail on arrival sponsored by Irish Distillers in the open air temporary Ballymaloe sculpture garden at 6.30pm Price: €90pp including welcome cocktail, dinner and wine. https://www.facebook.com/events/930993900441655/
There are still stalls available to participate in this year’s Cork & Kerry Indoor FOOD MARKET on Friday 2nd November and Saturday 3rd November 2018 For more info visit https://www.tastecork.com/wha…/cork-kerry-indoor-food-market
The No Nonsense Food Company (Scratch My Pork) Pork Crackling with an Irish Twist Matthew Brownie, originally from New Zealand is the proud owner of ‘The No Nonsense Food Company’. Matthew, Pork Crackling Flavour Genius and Chef extraordinaire, has over twenty years professional chef experience in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and throughout continental Europe. Matthew has called West Cork his home since 2008. Matthew first developed the idea of the unique meat snack with the distinct flavourings after studying Culinary Arts at Cork Institute of Technology in 2011. While using new product development methods, incorporating British, Irish and a bit of Kiwi gastronomy, he created the delicious snack The pork crackling with an Irish twist, Scratch My Pork and The Nonsense Food Company was born! With a national distributor, Ampersand, looking after The No Nonsense Food Company’s product range is a success story that no one saw coming! Scratch My Pork are available in three flavours Salted, Smokey & our newest flavour Salt ‘n’ Vinegar. The snacks are MSG Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and High in Protein. Scratch My Pork delicious snacks are now available in shops across Ireland. http://thenononsensefoodco.com
Hayfield Manor The city’s first five-star hotel, close by the University, offers fine-dining in its Orchid Resturant & Perrots Garden Bistro – gourmet food in the beautiful surroundings of a heritage house and estate once owned by one of Cork’s leading Merchant families. This five-star hotel close to the city centre can offer a very indulgent High Tea in the Orchid Restaurant, speciality teas are served with sweet treats baked by their own patisserie chef. There is also a gluten free option. https://www.hayfieldmanor.ie
Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheese Multi-award winning Irish farmhouse cheese producers Anne and Pat O'Farrell established this multi-award winning Irish farmhouse cheese maker in 1984. Based on their own farm, just outside Carrigaline in County Cork. We produce a delicious, semi-soft, wax-coated cheese. Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheese is available in six flavours: Natural, Garlic and Herb Infused, Beech-Smoked, Blueberry, Cranberry and Seaweed. http://www.carrigalinecheese.com/
Banana Melon Kitchen Banana Melon Kitchen is a plant-based company run by food stylist Suzanna Melinn. Plant based food start-up with an emphasis on flavour, colour and creativity. BMK has hosted an number of pop-up dining events in Cork city and Kinsale. BMK is passionate about creating vibrant, beautiful plant-based food that doesn't compromise on flavour, taste or satisfaction. They focus on meals made from whole ingredients that can have a positive impact on their overall mind, body and health. Over the year they have done a number of pop-up dining events in Cork and have a pop-up Brunch that has taken place in OHK cafe in KInsale and Soma coffee company in Cork city. They have also supplied these cafes with some BMK sweet stuff! They do private catering for individuals and events, for inquiries please email email@example.com. For news of upcoming events and all exiting projects planned for 2018 check out their instagram page @bananamelonkitchen
Rare Cookery Books Workshop Saturday 8th September, 4.00pm The Writings of Ballymaloe, Myrtle Allen and her Contemporaries The 5th Rare Cookery Books Workshop will be held in Urru Culinary Store, Bandon on Saturday 8th September at 4pm. The guest speaker will be UCC Food Historian Regina Sexton and the workshop will be guided by food blogger and broadcaster, Elke O Mahony. The focus of the discussion this year is on the Books of Ballymaloe; the writings of Myrtle Allen and consideration of Mrs. Allen’s food writing peers like Biddy White Lennon, Carla Blake and local West Cork publications by women writers in the second half of the 20thcentury. Urru owner Ruth Healy describes the workshop event as “a really convivial afternoon of book talk and food stories. The love of cookery books is a real leveller and it never ceases to amaze the abundance of stories people have collected in and about their books. Cookery books are so much more than a collection of recipes; they are societal and personal diaries”. The workshop attracts people who are eager to share anecdotes and memories associated with their books and hungry to hear other people’s stories too. Tickets are €10 and include a West Cork afternoon tea. Booking is recommended as space around the table is limited Booking can be made on-line www.urru.ie or in-the shop. T. 023-8854731
Congrats to the Franciscan Well Brewery! BEST TOURIST BAR IN IRELAND The competition was fierce so we are absolutely delighted for them and especially delighted to bring this title to Cork!
Ballymaloe House Ballymaloe House could be seen as the spiritual home for Cork’s food culture, with the Allen family providing several generations of great cooks, teachers, writers and innovators. A classic Irish Country house is at the centre of a restaurant, cookery school, organic farm, regular festivals and so much more. Myrtle and Ivan Allen opened this Historic Country House, their home, to the public as a restaurant in 1964 and later as a guesthouse. Ballymaloe House continues to be run by the Allen family and now celebrates over 50 years of international recognition as the home of Irish Country cuisine and hospitality. Ballymaloe House is located in East Cork and set deep within lush countryside accessible by tree lined avenues. Conde Nast Traveler Magazine included Ballymaloe House on their 2015 Gold List – the only Irish venue on this prestigious list of the World’s top 100 hotels. Ballymaloe House, the walled garden and surrounding parklands and woodlands are unique, and along with its many functional outbuildings Ballymaloe House is a hugely diverse location. The many functional outbuildings (Ballymaloe Grainstore, Carrigaun room and Big Shed) and variety of garden spaces are ideal for everything from short romantic breaks away and family holidays to weddings, corporate events, team building activities and seminars. http://ballymaloe.ie/
Healthy made Delicious A vegan dessert business in Fermoy, supplying deli's and coffee shops. Every Saturday morning you can find Healthy made Delicious at Fermoy Farmers market. Also in Douglas Court Shopping Centre Farmers Market every Friday morning. All desserts are 100% vegan and gluten free. Desserts include Chickpea Squash & Orange Brownie, Chickpea Mocha Brownie, Raspberry Butterbean & Hazelnut Slice.
Are you thinking of entering your food produce for next year's Great Taste Award? Here are some handy information for you; What is Great Taste? Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for fine food and drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands. Since 1994 over 134,000 products have been assessed. This year 12,634 products were blind-tasted by panels of specialists: top chefs, food writers, influencers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers. Great Taste ratings 3-star: Extraordinarily tasty foods - less than 3% of products are awarded a 3-star each year - don't leave the shop without buying it! 2-star: Above and beyond delicious - less than 10% of entries will achieve this rating 1-star: A food that delivers fantastic flavour. Approximately 25% of entries will achieve this rating each year. What are Great Taste judges looking for? They're looking for great texture and appearance. They judge the quality of ingredients and how well the maker has put the food or drink together. But above all, they are looking for truly great taste. How do they work? Each team of three to four judges blind-tastes around 25 products per session, discussing each product as a coordinating food writer transcribes their comments directly onto the Great Taste website, which producers access after judging is completed. Over the years, numerous food businesses, start-ups and well-established producers have been advised how to modify their foods and have subsequently gone on to achieve Great Taste stars. Food or drink that is deemed worthy of Great Taste stars is also tasted by a team of arbitrators, who taste, confer and agree on the final award given. If judges feel that a product needs some adjustment, and is therefore not likely to receive an award, the food or drink gets a second chance on a referral table, where another team blind-tastes and deliberates. For a Great Taste 3-star award, the vast majority in
WORLD'S BEST FOR EIGHT DEGREES BREWING'S HOWLING GALE ALE AT WORLD BEER AWARDS Top award for Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale at the 2018 World Beer Awards. Eight Degrees Brewing's Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale has been named World's Best in the extremely competitive American-style Pale Ale category at the 2018 World Beer Awards. Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale was chosen as the winner by a panel of international respected judges. With 2,300 beers from 50 countries entered into the 2018 awards, winning one of the prestigious beer styles - and one so hotly contested as American-style Pale Ale - is a significant achievement. “We are thrilled that our Howling Gale has taken this award,” said Eight Degrees Brewing's Cam Wallace. “We’re blown away that our Irish Pale Ale has been judged to be the best American-style Pale Ale in the world. The award is an incredible accolade for a craft brewery to receive and a fantastic professional achievement for our brewers Derek Neville and Dan O'Shea. We're keeping our fingers crossed as Howling Gale Ale proceeds to the final round to declare the Overall World’s Best Beer in London.” The World Beer Awards, now in its 11th year, judges beers over three rounds. First round picks the country winners per style, the second round has all country winners compete against each other to determine the World’s Best then, in the final round, the World’s Best style winners compete for the ultimate accolade. Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale was first named Country winner in the American-style Pale Ale category and then tasted against other Country winners to take the World’s Best title. The overall World’s Best award will be presented on 20 September. Eight Degrees had another two winners for their core range beers, taking Best in Ireland in the Lager category for Bohemian Pilsner and also being awarded a Gold Medal for Sunburnt Irish Red. Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale, which pours at a sessionable 4.5%, is a flagship beer for Eight Degrees and the beer that Cam Wallace and Scott Baigent launched the brewery with in 2011. A smooth and refreshing pale ale, it has crisp pink grapefruit flavours balanced by an Irish pale ale malt base. More info: ww