A Taste of West Cork
“There is no sincerer love than the love of food”
George Bernard Shaw
From the care of the farmer to the loving craft of the cheese maker food is truly something that we take seriously. Through our food choices we can nourish our bodies and minds taking pleasure in the abundance of the natural world. On land or sea, nature is our nourishment.
Cork has a bright reputation as the source of wonderful artisan food – smoke-houses, hand-made cheeses, extraordinary confectionary and preserved meats. From craft beer to delightful dairy , there is something for everyone here.
In the 18th century, Cork had the largest butter market in the world and at that time, Ireland was the world’s largest exporter of that yellow gold. Munster’s rich pastures produced a huge surplus of milk and turning it into salted butter was the simplest way to preserve its goodness. Murphy’s Ale, founded by James Murphy but now owned by Heineken, has been brewed in Cork since 1856. A colourful ancestor of the murphy clan was one Marie Louisa Murphy , a mistress of King Louis XV of France. It is said that the money she sent back to Ireland helped to start up the Murphy business empire. The most common surname in Ireland, the name Murphy is derived from the Irish Murchadh, which means “ sea warrior”.
Enjoying Cork’s fabulous seafood or the produce of lush green pastures, lovingly prepared artisan food or golden ales may you relish the goodness of Cork’s culinary imagination. Be sure to look out for Cork’s many fabulous Food Festivals – celebrate the abundance and join in the foody fun !