Finest food on offer at festival launch

Sunshine and fine food made last night’s launch of the Irish Examiner Food Festival a recipe for success.

Food lovers flocked to Cork’s Fitzgerald Park to sample some of the finest food and pick up some tips during demonstrations by celebrity chefs Rachel Allen and Andrew Rudd.

The event, which runs until Sunday, features the chefs from some of the city’s finest restaurants as well as showcasing local Cork producers.

Irish Examiner marketing manager Karen O’Donoghue explained what the event has to offer the 15,000 people expected to attend the festival over the weekend. “With all the doom and gloom that’s around the place, it’s such a positive thing that we are all here for a celebration of the best of what Cork has to offer. We have world-class food from the very best of raw materials being produced by people who are passionate about what they do.”

Among those due to provide cooking demonstrations over what should be a sunny weekend are renowned chefs and food experts Darina Allen and Paolo Tullio. Musical entertainment will be provided in two of the park’s venues by groups including The Dublin City Gospel Choir and Mr Whippy Sound System, with a Mexican band performing on Sunday to complement the day’s Mexican theme.

* Up-to-date information on the festival is available on Facebook by searching for Irish Examiner Food Festival or on Twitter @CorkFoodFest

On sale

* Tickets, priced at €12 each, are available from Electric Bar & Restaurant on the South Mall, Sober Lane on Sullivan’s Quay, from the official website www.irishexaminerfoodfestival.com and from the Irish Examiner office on Lapps Quay.

* Children under 12 free.

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