Tastefest, the widely anticipated event of Cork's foodie calendar, returns to Cork's Fitzgerald's Park under the re-branded name 'Irish Examiner Food Festival'. The hugely popular event runs from Thursday the 19th to Sunday 22th of July. This year, the organisers of the event are expecting over 15,000 foodies to sample some of Cork's finest artisan produce and tastings from a variety of Cork's best restaurants including: Electric Bar and Grill; Hayfield Manor Cork; Greens restaurant; Amicus and Flemings restaurant. Cooking demonstrations will be held by two of Cork's most famous chefs; Rachel Allen and Darina Allen with the welcomed return of TV3 chef Andrew Rudd and food writer Paolo Tullio.
The newly revamped event sees a variety of changes including expanding the park area to include all of Fitzgerald's Park making room for a greater variety of artisan producers. Entry to the food fair has been reduced to a welcomed €12, with kids under 12 admitted free to sample the younger 'foodies section'.
Ernest Cantillon organiser of the event explains "We strongly believe that the city needs an event such as this festival; it adds to the ever growing portfolio of events that Cork has to offer and encourages visitors to the city". Ernest is very keen on having as many artisan producers at the event as possible and is still accepting applications for exhibition stands at the food festival. This is an excellent opportunity for small artisan producers to sample their produce to a wide variety of foodies.
The event will run from Thursday 17:00- 22:00; Friday 12:00- 16:00 & 17:00-22:00; Saturday 12:00- 16:00 & 17:00-22:00 and Sunday 12:00- 17:00. Tickets for the event are selling fast and can be purchased online here. Stay turned to Dermie's gasmarkseven blog and twitter for your chance to win free tickets to the event and a hamper of delicious goodies in the coming days.