Feast on entertainment and food at Clonakilty’s annual culinary food festival

Nothing beats eating al-fresco! This June, the annual, family-friendly food festival will see Clonakilty’s streets transformed into a foodie haven on Saturday 17 June. The Irish Yogurts Clonakilty Street Carnival is an opportunity to sample delicious local food, mix with fellow foodies and experience a true taste of West Cork.

An unmissable foodie experience that has something for everyone. Devour your way through flavourful dishes from 3pm that include seafood linguine, grilled beef fillet sandwich, Clonakilty Blackpudding burger, Pizza al Taglio, noodles and curries, and many more. Catered for by Clonakilty’s top local restaurants and local food producers, including, Kirby’s @ The Whale’s Tail, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Clonakilty Park Hotel, Scannells, The Emmet Hotel, Oak Fire Pizza, Clonakilty Food Company, O’Donovan’s Hotel, Alley Garden Bistro, Abacus Catering, Casey’s and John O’Brien’s Bar and Restaurant.  

Mae Kiely and Paul Hogan dance for joy on Pearse St, Clonakilty at the announcement of this year’s Street Carnival. Photo by Dermot Sullivan.

Kids can enjoy their very own carnival festival experience by dining and playing in the Family Fun Zone. A tasty kids’ menu, musical entertainment, and kids’ activities will all be on hand to keep them amused throughout the day at Astna Street from 11am. Free activities include a drumming workshop, kids’ disco, bouncy castles, penalty shootout, giant Jenga and Connect 4 games, mini golf, face-painting, circus workshop, stilt walkers and an autism family friendly area. 

Entertainment throughout the day includes live music from The Kates, Ceomhltas Clonakilty, Clonakilty Brass Band and Shanley’s House Band. Carnival goers will also have the chance to add some jazz to their step as the Clonakilty Swing Dancers (Damhsa Larthar Chorcai) will get audiences on their toes and the West Cork Drumming Group will add some extra beat to the festivities. 

County Cork has always enjoyed a reputation of being a unique and dynamic food destination in Ireland, and the Irish Yogurts Clonakilty Street Carnival is no exception. A real feast for the senses, this unique food and family fun festival will showcase the very best cuisine and flavours the town has to offer. 

Food tickets can be purchased at www.clonakilty.ie €18 for adults, €7.50 for children, booking fee applies. Adult tickets include 2 meal dishes, ice cream, wine or softdrink. Tickets can also be purchased from Fuchsia Footwear and Kerr’s Bookshop in Clonakilty. All other activities throughout the day are FREE and streets pedestrianised.

WCP Staff

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