A unique festival for Ireland, set in the charming setting of the famous foodie paradise, Ballymaloe House. Litfest is a food and drinks literacy festival, a weekend filled with inspirational stories, great writing, intriguing discussions, great speakers, music and dancing. It’s a place for foodies from all over the world to come together, share ideas, get inspired and celebrate their passions. A celebration of fine writing on the finest food and drink but also much more – the organisers say food literacy is “about understanding where the food you eat comes from, who produces it and if it is good for you”.
When Jeffa Gill began making cheese on her farm in 1979, it was part of her pioneering spirit and drive to provide for her family from her own small-holding in West Cork. Jeffa also wanted to capture something of the goodness of this ancient farming land in her unique, hand-crafted cheeses. Today, almost four decades later, Durrus cheeses are still made by hand, using traditional techniques on their own farm.
This quirky, charming tea shop and vintage furniture and curios store is housed in a converted carpenter’s workshop, around 15 minutes’ drive from the city, in the countryside close by the airport. Find out more about this little gem and their simple yet charming afternoon teas on their website.
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.
The Ferguson family have worked Gubbeen Farm for many generations now. It is a 250 acre coastal farm in West Cork one mile outside the fishing village of Schull, the Atlantic Ocean bordering one boundary and Mount Gabriel to the North as a back drop behind the land, sheltering the pasture that has always supported the Gubbeen herd.
The Iberian Way on Douglas Street – For something very different, an unassuming Tapas bar run by two young Spanish chefs on Douglas Street, a short stroll across the bridge from the South Mall, by day, the Iberian way is a shop and deli, in the evenings, it serves up fab tapas in very modest but pleasant surroundings – a real hidden jewel, for the adventurous.