A herd of Italian Water Buffalo on a farm in North Cork? It may sound quixotic – but Macroom Buffalo Cheese, the passion project of farmer Johnny Lynch – is Ireland’s only herd of water buffalo and their milk produces Johnny’s award winning cheese. They welcome groups of visitors (if you contact them through their website) and the farm hosts open days once a month.
An authentic Italian cheese-making dairy in deepest West Cork – Toons Bridge head cheesemaker Franco Picciuolo uses local raw cow and sheep’s milk to produce a range of award winning cheeses. You can visit, see how the cheese is made, eat a pizza from their own wood fired ovens and enjoy a slice of the Piedmont & Tuscany in the heart of West Cork.
About a 45 minute drive from the city, in the little village of Timoleague, you’ll find one of Ireland’s biggest and longest-established Smokehouses. Anthony Creswell and his team at Ummera are happy to welcome visitors, who can see the process and sample their smoked and preserved fish, chicken, duck and bacon.
West Cork Distillers was founded in 2003 by close friends Denis McCarthy, Ger McCarthy & John O’Connell in the historic fishing port of Union Hall, West Cork. Ger & Denis had been deep sea trawler men while John was a research & development scientist for some blue chip food & beverage companies.
Each October, experience two nights of fine dining in the restaurants of the famous foodie harbour town of Kinsale, about half an hour’s drive from the city centre. Kinsale is a medieval harbour town, surrounded by high hills topped with ancient forts and castles – and it is one of our great gourmet hotspots.
Twin brothers Padraig and Adrian Hyde say they like to talk about beer as much as brew it. Almost. At their medal-winning Munster Brewery, the brothers welcome all parties, big and small, to the port town of Youghal, once home to the Elizabethan explorer, adventurer and beer-lover Sir Walter Raleigh.