Life's a carnival as foodies descend on gourmet hotspot
IT IS the only town in Ireland that can boast having more restaurants than pubs. And this weekend Kenmare in Co Kerry reasserted its claim as a gourmet destination for the discerning diner or those who simply love good food.
The first Kenmare Food Carnival attracted plenty of both as well as some of the country's best-known chefs and food writers.
"It's the first time I've seen a traffic jam in Kenmare all summer," said hotelier and 'At Your Service' star John Brennan.
Also lending her support was TV chef and writer, Darina Allen of Ballymaloe House in east Cork.
The idea was the brainchild of local woman Karen Coakley, who says she has nothing to do with the food industry but just loves good food.
"It has turned into something about three-times bigger than we were expecting but the committee has got great support locally and from businesses," she said.
Stalls sold everything from unpasteurised sheep's cheese at the Corleggy Cheese stall from Belturbet in Co Cavan to local seafood at Kenmare Seafood, and the festival also included 'pop up' restaurants, workshops and discussions.