Courtmac adds Seafood Feast to line-up of local festivals
Buoyed by the their upcoming inclusion on the Wild Atlantic Way, the Seven Heads Peninsula Tourism Group is hosting a first-ever Courtmacsherry Seafood Feast in the West Cork fishing village.
The event, next Sunday from noon until 5pm, will showcase the rich fishing heritage and culinary talents of the scenic lifeboat village.
Throughout the afternoon there will be a number of cookery demonstrations by seafood chefs and a range of artisan food stalls from local producers. street entertainment will also be provided.
One of the prime instigators of the festival is the 2014 MasterChef Ireland winner Diana Dodog, who lives in the village. Her objective has a dual purpose as she explains: “Living by the sea and seeing the selection of fish around our shores is incredible. The quality and range of wild seafood is so supreme that even the French and Spanish are paying top prices for it.
“The only reason that they can enjoy our catch is, because we don’t. This needs to change — with more education, promotion to make it easier for people to try a wider variety of seafood.”
It is anticipated the event, sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara, will run on an annul basis.
Another member of the committee is local restauranteur, David O’Halloran of The Lifeboat Inn Gastropub. He said: “The Seafood Feast is a celebration of the bounty of seafood available in Courtmacsherry and is a great showcase of the various food businesses in the village and beyond.”
Meanwhile, chairman of Seven Heads Peninsula Tourism, Barry Holland said the group is planning a series of events to coincide with the region being added to the Wild Atlantic Way.
Brendan Murphy, Travara Lodge; Barry Holland, Seven Heads Peninsula Tourism Group; and Trish Gannon, Courtmacsherry Angling Centre, preparing for Sunday’s Courtmacsherry Seafood Feast.