Are you hungry? Get ready to delve into Cork's food scene.
From Cork’s rich farmland to the wild Atlantic waters of its 1,000-kilometre-long coast, you will uncover passionate food producers, colourful cafes and markets, hidden tourism gems and craft breweries and distilleries showcasing great local food and drinks. Be sure to arrive hungry as you discover the finest eateries and visit its welcoming food and drink producers and farms. Don’t take our mouthful of words for it, get exploring Cork today from the comfort of your home and start planning your itinerary for a future visit.
Cork has a multitude of food, cultural and tourism experiences for you try. Here are some of our favourites:
Secrets of Seaweed Kayaking Tour: Experience a sea kayaking tour with a difference. During low tide, forage for sea vegetables where they grow in abundance. Learn to identify them, how to pick them sustainably, and their culinary, beauty and medicinal uses. www.atlanticseakayaking.com
Cork’s Butter Museum: Cork’s unique Butter Museum is a celebration of the butter trade in Ireland. Explore its history; from the traditional craft of home butter making to the modern success of the Kerrygold brand, the no.1 butter in Germany. www.thebuttermuseum.com
Longueville Distillery Tour: Explore the beautiful Longueville House estate. Tour its walled gardens and apple orchards and see the crush house, fermentation plant and distillery followed by a tasting of Longueville House Cider, Cider Mór and Apple Brandy. www.longuevillehouse.ie
The English Market: Cork City’s famous English Market is one of the oldest municipal markets in the world. Founded in 1788, visitors can enjoy meeting traders offering meats and fish, herbs and spices, sauces and oils, chocolates and cakes and cheeses. www.corkcity.ie/en/english-market
Ballymaloe House: Rise early and roll up your sleeves to learn the secrets of Ballymaloe bread baking. Receive the recipes for, and learn how to bake, Mrs Allen’s Ballymaloe Brown Yeast Bread and Irish Soda Breads. Bring one of the freshly baked loaves home with you. www.ballymaloe.ie
Skibbereen Farmers Market: Taking place every Saturday Skibbereen Farmers Market is one of the most vibrant and colourful markets in Ireland. In this historic West Cork town, visitors can enjoy fresh food, tasty treats, coffee and ‘good craic’! www.skibbereenmarket.com
Ummera Irish Smokehouse: For over forty years, Anthony Creswell has made some of the finest smoked salmon available, alongside organic gravadlax, smoked chicken, duck, bacon and smoked organic beef in his smokehouse in West Cork. Enjoy a tour and tasting: www.ummera.com
8) Pilgrims Rest Rosscarbery: PILGRIM’S is a small restaurant set in the rural village of Rosscarbery. They serve the best of local, seasonal, and foraged ingredients from the wilds and waters of West Cork. The menus change daily at this Michelin star restaurant. www.pilgrims.ie
Old Butter Road Producers Tour: An enjoyable day out where you can meet Cork makers, visit their eateries, and taste their produce. The day begins with tea and a freshly made scone, followed by a house and gardens tour, distillery visit and 3 course meal.
Kinsale Meadery Tour and Tasting: Ireland’s first new meadery in 200 years is in beautiful Kinsale. Mead (Miodh in Irish) is world’s oldest alcoholic drink, unique in that its primary ingredient is honey with diverse flavours ranging from dry to sweet. Explore their tours at: www.kinsalemeadco.ie