Cork is known as the food capital of Ireland and is home to several celebrity chefs including Darina Allen, Clodagh McKenna and Rachael Allen. Cork has excellent and award-winning restaurants featuring national and international cuisine and an eclectic selection of pubs and cafés. For a comprehensive list of restaurants in Cork City see www.corktourist.com
The English Market
Looking for fresh locally sourced produce for your stay in Cork? You need go no further than the English Market. Located in the centre of Cork city you can access it from a number of streets including; the Grand Parade, Patrick Street, Princes Street and Oliver Plunkett Street. At the Grande Parade entrance, don’t miss one of the oldest stalls in the market, selling nothing but two traditional Cork delicacies, tripe and drisheen.
There are also some excellent small cafes and coffee bars and one larger café, the Farm Gate, if you get hungry during your visit. Wander around the market taking in its fantastic aromas and colours. Be sure to visit O'Connell's fresh fish stall, the largest in the market, the colourful Greek olive stall, the gourmet sausage stall, the mouth watering heavenly cakes stall and the delicious Alternative Bread Stall.
While visiting Cork it is definitely worth taking a trip to Kinsale, located 25 minutes outside Cork City. Kinsale is one of the most fashionable, picturesque towns in Ireland and is home to some of Cork’s finest restaurants. The Fine Food Festival held each October is one great opportunity to experience the wealth of cuisine available in Kinsale.
Slow Food Movement
The Slow Food Movement which encourages people to use and grow artisan Irish food is very popular in Cork and hosts regular events which are open to the public. The Slow Food Movement Festival takes place in early October and you will be able to sample a wide range of locally produced Cork products. For further information see http://www.slowfoodireland.com