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.
One of the oldest and best loved craft brewers in Cork, the Franciscan Well boys have their own micro-brewery, pub & pizzeria in the heart of Cork, you can visit them at the Franciscan Well and there are organised tours, tastings and demonstrations of the fine art of craft brewing.
At three locations including French Church Street and Princes Street - O'Connaill Chocolate offer everything sweet – including hot chocolates and cakes from their own bakery.
A husband and wife team with a mutual love of food, specifically, the hamburger variety. Call them shallow but they just love 'em! Let's face it. Who woke up craving a salad?
Bluebell Falls is a traditional artisan family business, run by Victor and Breda O'Sullivan since 2003. A multi award-winning cheese manufacturer, found just outside Charleville in North Cork, their goats graze freely on the farm and enjoy lush grass, wild herbs and bushy shrubs.
A fun, busy self-service café on the balcony overlooking the stalls and the main entrance to the famous old English market – the Balcony café at the Farmgate is a great spot to sit for a while and watch the bustling, colourful market down below. Great coffee, cakes and sandwiches.
A Taste of West Cork is a free-ranging festival which runs in towns and villages throughout the region in early September, bringing together a free-wheeling mix of food markets, demonstrations, competitions, festive dinners, breakfasts, brunches and banquets. There are food-tastings, talks, exhibitions, meet-the-producers events and much more. If you love your food – you will love this festival.