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Kinsale Gourmet Festival Promises A Sparkling Weekend

The 38th Kinsale Gourmet Festival guarantees a sparkle in Cork’s leading food lovers’ destination from 10-12 October 2014, offering a weekend of fun, conviviality, fine food and wines. Saturday and Sunday’s events, hosted by Kinsale’s ten Good Food Circle restaurants, with sponsorship from Cork County Council, are already booked out, but there are still some tickets left for Friday evening’s opening reception and dinner, while everyone is welcome to the ‘Cork Heat’ of the All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off which launches the Festival at 3pm on Friday.

Acton’s Hotel is the venue for the Cork heat of the All-Ireland Chowder-Cook off at 3pm on Friday 10 October, sponsored by Clóna Foods. Admission is free, and an entertaining spectacle is guaranteed as ten top chefs from Cork City and County display their skills with seafood, attempting to produce the tastiest chowder in town. The chefs are competing to represent Cork County at the 5th All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off, which will take place in Kinsale in April 2015. The winners of the All-Ireland event will subsequently travel to Newport, Rhode Island to show off their skills.

The sparkle of champagne marks the festival opening at 6.30pm on Friday at the White Lady Hotel, an event sponsored by Laurent Perrier, and hosted by the ever-effervescent MC, Derek Davies. Canapés will be provided by Kinsale’s Good Food Circle Restaurants, and are guaranteed to set the taste buds a-tingle. Tickets include a 5-course ‘Taste of West Cork dinner’ in a restaurant of your choice, to be specified when booking. The good news is that there are still some tickets available for this evening, which represents excellent value at €55 for champagne reception and dinner.

Saturday’s Mad Hatter’s Taste of Kinsale is a popular indoor-outdoor event, at which participants show off their ever-more elaborate “mad Hats” as they criss-cross the town, following Alice, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Fieldmouse on a tour of Kinsale’s Good Food Circle restaurants. Kinsale’s own hat shop and milliner, Hattitude, are sponsoring the competition for the maddest hat. The Mad Hatters will assemble at Acton’s Hotel at 11.30am for a sparkling send-off, sponsored by Christy’s Wine and Spirits. Kinsale’s chefs will create beautifully presented dishes from the best of local produce, including Haven Shellfish, Clóna Foods, P. O’Connell Meats and Pallas Foods. As part of their servings, the chefs will offer a dish to compete for the 50 Mile Meal Award as organised by Kinsale Transition Town who, along with a select judge will choose a winner. The dish will be prepared with ingredients produced within a 50 mile radius of the town

These will be complemented by selected drinks from the Festival sponsors, C&C Gleeson, Tindal, Stonewell Cider, Tipperary Water, Blacks Kinsale Brewery, Barry & Fitzwilliam, Findlaters and Longueville Wines. The Festival concludes on Sunday with the Fruits de Mer Luncheon, sponsored by Pallas Foods and Bewley’s, with wines by Christy’s Wine and Spirits and Karwig Wines, another sold-out event. There will be music and dancing, and a Charity Auction in aid of Action Breast Cancer at this ever-popular afternoon event.

Participating restaurants in this year’s event are Restaurant d’[email protected] White House, Blue Haven, Crackpots, Fishy Fishy, Jim Edwards, Man Friday, Pier [email protected] Trident Hotel, Toddies at The Bulman, Sidney’[email protected] Hotel and The White Lady.

For further information on the Festival or tickets contact: Maria O’Mahony, Festival Organiser +353 21 4773571

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