Cork Food Festival 2012

Cork Food Festival - Colm at Ballymaloe House

A new way to taste sherry

Clear blue skies and sunshine + plenty of good food = lots of happy people at yesterday’s opening of the Cork Food Festival in Fitzgerald’s Park.

It’s on until Sunday, with admission a reasonable €12, kids go free and there’s and no faffing about with tokens to pay for your food. If you head along, here are a few things you might want to check out:

  • Springfort Hall‘s slow-cooked beef (€6), which came with with barley, samphire and chunks of Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms.
  • caffeinating yourself with Gusto.
  • mackerel (€4) from Hayfield Manor, cooked so the skin was blistered and richness offset with little spiced gooseberry flavour bombs.
  • trying to pour a glass of sherry at the Ballymaloe House stall – Colm’s video makes it look far easier than you might think! – and tasting the intense, rich Apostoles Palo Cortado sherry.
  • ham hock terrine as part of the 12 mile plate (€7) from Midleton’s Sage, using pork from Woodside Farm. You might need to sip on some elderflower lemonade (€2) to complete the local experience.
  • melt-in-your-mouth Iberico ham at Electric.
  • Bite Size Catering were selling irresistible, beautifully presented mix-and-match canape boxes which had heads turning all over the park.
  • make sure you pick up a selection of goodies for keeping the stay-at-home crew happy: Glenilen Farm had neat little cool bags which it was all too easy to fill with yoghurts, pannacotta and cheesecake, topping that off with nitrate-free rashers, black pudding and sausages from McCarthy’s of Kanturk and a sneeky bag of Danucci‘s Salted Caramels.
Cork Food Festival - Kevin at Electric

Kevin from Electric talks Iberico

Cork Food Festival - sherry at Ballymaloe House

A closer look at that sherry at Ballymaloe House

Cork Food Festival - Gusto

In case you should feel like flagging

Cork Food Festival - eating

Time to eat - Greene's tasting platter

Cork Food Festival - tasty take home items

Tasty take home treats from McCarthy's of Kanturk, Glenilen and Danucci

Cork Food Festival - time to go

Going home time

Thanks to my sister Triona for paying for my ticket – and sorry for stealing the camera!



Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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