Sunday 17 December 2017

First TasteFest a sizzling affair as foodies left with appetite for more

Fiona Donnelly

NINE tonnes of potatoes, 6,000 fish and 9,000 glasses of wine were polished off as more than 12,000 people turned out for Cork's very first TasteFest over the weekend.

The four-day food, wine and culture festival opened in Fitzgerald's Park and many eager foodies braved the elements on Friday to sample the signature dishes provided by 15 top chefs from around Cork city and county, as well as more than 50 artisan producers.

However, as temperatures on Leeside soared to over 20C yesterday, so too did the number of visitors, with ice cream and bottled water selling out.

TasteFest enjoyed demonstrations by some of the country's best-known chefs, including Rachel Allen, Conrad Gallagher and Andrew Rudd, who participated at the Chef's LIVE Theatre.

"We hope that TasteFest will continue as an annual event," said Ernest Cantillon of Electric Restaurant and Bar, and one of the main organisers of the event.

Meanwhile, the Cork Midsummer Festival drew to a close last night after two weeks of art, music, theatre. Visitors were treated yesterday to a performance by the quirky L'Orchestres D'Hommes-Orchestres Performs Tom Waits, with their orchestra of traditional and invented instruments such as garden shears and a turkey baster.

'We've been delighted with how the festival has gone," said Kath Gorman, interim festival director.

Irish Independent

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