Cork is renowned as the food capital of Ireland. Our food and drink culture is vibrant, innovative and constantly evolving. In every corner of our county, from rich farmland to the wild Atlantic waters of our 1,000 kilometre-long coast, you will find passionate producers and inventive makers.
They are the people who make Cork’s food culture so special.
And it is all waiting for you to discover and delight.
These food trails – from the city to the countryside - will bring you right to the heart of Cork’s rich food and drink culture.
West Cork is famous for its award-winning gastropubs - meet the chefs, find out about a vibrant, quirky food culture and follow our guide to find the best along our epic Atlantic coast
Cork is a city of festivals of celebrations, especially in the summer when we love nothing better than to take to the waters of our river and our epic natural harbour (the second largest in the world after Sydney).
Gougane Barra, named for the early medieval monk Saint Finbarr, is the wooded lake where the Lee rises. And when you travel from the city to this ancient, scenic site, you follow one of the main branches of the old Butter Roads.
The celebrated Golden Vale, a wide swathe of rich, rolling pastureland, covers much of north Cork and extends in the neighbouring counties of Limerick and Tipperary.
West Cork is a foodie paradise, a place apart, with endless kilometres of wave-lashed Atlantic coast, hidden villages, market-towns and small, family run farms which specialise in quality, often organic, produce. Cork City is the gateway to West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way, which follows the coastline around to Kerry.
When you add rich farmland and bountiful seas to a fiercely progressive food culture built on ancient tradition, the result is East Cork.