The Cork Summer Show returns once more and, as always, carries a huge programme of food-related events including a food ‘market’ featuring over 60 indoor and outdoor stalls and with plenty of areas for some casual picnicking on purchased fare while checking out some of the live entertainment on throughout the weekend.
The indoor Taste Cork market, supported by Cork Local Enterprise Office and Supervalu Food Academy, features over 20 local producers including Rock Steady Rock Fiery Sauces, Bluebell Falls Goats cheese (featured just last week in this column) and another great favourite of the Menu’s, Clonakilty Chocolate. In addition, there is a huge GIY horticultural element including demos along with beekeeping, gardening and floral arrangement sessions.
There will be talks and demonstrations throughout the Cork Summer Show weekend on Grow It Yourself, as well as sessions on Bee Keeping, Gardening, Horticulture and Flower Arranging. www.corksummershow.com
With tickets having been so rapidly snapped up for Cork’s Long Table Dinner, disappointed punters now have the opportunity to partake of a Walk the Long Table food trail, meeting the people from some of the participating restaurants and tasting some of their food, including Ali’s Kitchen, Dockland, House Café at Cork Opera House, Electric, The Farmgate Café, The Imperial Hotel, Isaac’s Restaurant, Jacob’s On The Mall, Nash 19, and The Oyster Tavern. The two-hour walk takes place at 3pm on June 15, 16, 20 and 22. Tickets are on sale now from corkmidsummer.com and cost €65.
Every day is Father’s Day (June 17) chez Menu, even though the memo does not appear to have reached all other blood relatives currently domiciled there, but should any deign to notice their poor pater slaving away over a hot stove yet again and feel his efforts require recognition, they could always sweep him away to Greene’s Restaurant where chef Bryan McCarthy has put together an intriguing menu for a Special Father’s Day Lunch Tasting Menu, with an accommodation package also on offer from sister outfit, Hotel Isaacs, just next door. (www.greenesrestaurant.com)
Limerick Food Group’s Urban Food Fest (June 14), an evening of street food served up in the city’s iconic Milk Market, without doubt, the country’s finest looking market space, returns sporting a ‘Summer Fiesta’ theme. All are admitted free and a cashless token system is in operation as producers, market traders, restaurants, and hotels come together for this rather special event, offering all manner of sweet, savoury, hot and cold food options showcasing the very best of Limerick food.
The Menu just recently received a bottle of truly stunning Ornabrak Single Malt Gin, another spirit from the producers of Kalak, currently listed as one of the world’s top ten vodkas, all pointing to the increasingly rude health of the local indie distilling sector in this country. The Irish Gin & Tonic Fest (June 23-30) returns for the third year featuring some 26 gins from all over the island and any Irish venue is invited to sign up to the festival for free, allowing the public to vote for their favourite gin cocktail and partake in various tastings, tours and food pairings. www.greatirishbeverages.com
Wearing another professional hat, The Menu has recently been up to his oxters in burgers but still found time to whip out a few Buffalo Burgers for an impromptu BBQ. Procured from O’Mahony’s Butchers, in the English Market, they are made in-house from the meat of buffalo reared west of Cork city and while the concept of the creature itself might suggest a great, big ornery beast with meat of equivalent calibre, it is, in fact, sweet, tender and very flavoursome. www.facebook.com/OMahonysButchers
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BEER OF THE WEEK
Matsons Grange and Bandon, Bradleys, Drink Store Stoneybatter, O’Briens, Selected SuperValu, McHughs.
Indie Beer week 2018 runs from June 22 so keep an eye on www.indiebeerweek.ie for events in your local brewery.
Hope Brewing from Howth will have open days on June 27 and 28 with tours, tastes and nibbles and you can sample their brand new Summer Session IPA.
The Summer Session IPA is an annual tradition and this year’s version has flaked oats so pours a hazy gold colour and the Citra and Galaxy hops pop out of the glass giving tropical and citrus aromas.
Fruity and light but with a refreshing bitter lemon kick on the finish so perfect for hot days or cooling down Thai food.