Cork & Kerry Food Market 2018

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This year's Cork & Kerry Food Market is a free, delicious, and fun two-day celebration of local food, and the people that produce it. Taking place on the 2nd and 3rd November, this is the 10th anniversary of the event, and promises to be the best one yet, with over 60 stalls with food and drink from producers all over Cork and Kerry. Cookery demonstrations from The Happy Pear and Kevin Dundon will take place in the Millenium Hall on Saturday 3rd November, with live music, face painting, and Punch & Judy shows for the kids

This year, for the first time, there is an evening of celebration on Friday evening, also in City Hall. This will focus on the region’s craft drinks industry, inviting guests to indulge in locally produced food, expertly paired with craft beers and spirits. There are cocktail demonstrations. craft drink stalls, and talks from master brewers and distillers. It takes place from 5-9pm on Friday 2nd November, with live music. Entry is free on both Friday and Saturday.

Since beginning in 2008, producers from Cork and Kerry have created more than 1000 jobs with this number growing substantially since 2013 with the support of SuperValu’s Food Academy programme which gives local producers the opportunity to get their products on SuperValu shelves throughout Ireland. It is expected that a further 200 jobs will be created over the coming 12 months as the region continues to be Ireland’s main hub for artisan producers who are now also building export markets to bring the best of Irish food to Europe. The Local Enterprise Offices and Local Councils in the South West have supported all of these producers with training, advice, incubation space and grant aid over the past 10 years with over 1000 jobs being created by the food sector in Cork and Kerry.

Over the past 10 years 30,000 people have attended the Cork Kerry Food Market, enjoying the produce of our top artisan food producers and spending over €250,000 on the best of local food. The event is now recognised as the number one place to engage with new food ideas and discover all the best local artisan producers from Cork and Kerry

Supported by a partnership including the Local Enterprise Offices in Cork and Kerry, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Kerry County Council, SuperValu, and Bord Bia