Court­mac adds Seafood Feast to line-up of lo­cal fes­ti­vals

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Martin Walsh

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.

Pic­ture:cMar­tiVcWalsh

Bren­dan Mur­phy, Travara Lodge; Barry Hol­land, Seven Heads Penin­sula Tourism Group; and Tr­ish Gan­non, Court­mac­sh­erry An­gling Cen­tre, pre­par­ing for Sun­day’s Court­mac­sh­erry Seafood Feast.

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