Plenty to savour at four-day food fest

WEARY Cork workers lapped up the sunshine as well as some food and drink as the city welcomed TasteFest to town.

Organisers of the event in Fitzgerald Park in the Mardyke hope more than 10,000 foodies will pass through the gates to sample some of the best food, drink and culture features that Cork has to offer.

The four-day festival kicked off yesterday and will feature some of Cork’s best known artisan producers as well as celebrity demonstrations from some of the country’s top chefs.

The Chef’s Live Theatre is sure to be the centre of attention for many foodies with cookery demonstrations from leading celebrity chefs throughout the weekend.

These include Rachel Allen, who is just starting filming her eighth television series. TV3’s head chef Conrad Gallagher and Ireland AM’s Andrew Rudd, as well as Seamus O’Connell from The Ivory Tower and Kevin O’Regan from Electric will be on hand to show their culinary skills.

Ernest Cantillon of Electric Restaurant & Bar, one of the main organisers of the event said the line up would ensure a fantastic weekend for all food lovers.

“We are really looking forward to a fantastic weekend at TasteFest, as all the participating restaurants and top chefs are finalising their signature dishes and artisan producers are preparing to sample both new products and firm favourites,” he said.

Some of the artisan producers exhibiting include Ballymaloe Country Relish, Bite-Size, Carroll Cuisine, Cooleeney Cheese and Cully and Sully&.

Opening the festival last night, Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Catherine Clancy said she hoped the people of Cork would come out in big numbers to support the food-based event. Some of the artisan producers exhibiting at TasteFest Cork include Ballymaloe Country Relish, Bite-Size, Carroll Cuisine and Cooleeney Cheese.

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