Come to West Cork and ‘Eat Mussels the Sheep’s Head Way’ in an event that will celebrate Bantry Bay’s iconic seafood, and the quality of cooking along the famous Sheep’s Head Way walking route.
Bantry is, of course, famous the world over for its mussels which are produced in the bay’s pure waters, overlooked by the Sheep’s Head and Beara peninsulas on either side.
Over the May weekend, restaurants along the Sheep’s Head Way will be showing how they’re inspired by local mussels. Each foodie team along the walking route – which runs from Bantry town to the end of the Sheep’s Head peninsula, and from Gougane Barra to Ballylickey – will be interpreting this classic ingredient in a way that showcases its own skills and styles.
Visitors will have the chance to attend cookery demonstrations, and sample mussel dishes prepared in the distinctive style of local restaurants:
• Visit The Good Things Café for a cooking demonstration followed by a mussel-themed dinner at the wonderful Blairscove House & Restaurant. [Booking Essential]
• Taste mussels with samphire, or mussels with West Cork whiskey and honey sauce, at O’Connor’s Seafood Restaurant.
• Tuck in to moules frites and stout at The Fish Kitchen.
• Savour mussels in garlic & cream sauce served with home-made chips at Arundel’s by the Pier in Ahakista.
• Head to Whiddy Island to try smoked mussels with home-made brown bread at the Bank House.
• Spice things up with coriander, mango, lime and chilli mussels at The Brick Oven.
• Sample free mussels with any pint at The Quays over the weekend.
• Eat mussels in the cosy setting of Bantry’s much-loved Snug.
• Try mussel mulligatawny soup with home-made brown bread at The Stuffed Olive on Friday and Saturday.
• Taste mussels tapas-style at seafood café, Trawl and Trend.
• Watch Murphy’s Seafood wok-toss mussels at Bantry’s Friday market.
• Enjoy mussels Thai-style on Sunday as Manning’s Emporium teams up with Wokabout.
The mussel-focused weekend will launch the ‘Eat the Sheep’s Head Way’ event series. Each event in the programme will see chefs and locals showcasing the wonderful ingredients produced along the Sheep’s Head Way walking route.
‘This is an unspoilt part of the world,’ says Diarmaid Murphy of Bantry’s The Fish Kitchen, ‘and we have access to amazing ingredients. When visitors head to Bantry and taste Bantry mussels, Durrus cheese or Kilcrohane potatoes, they’re getting the place on a plate, and it really adds to their experience of West Cork.’
‘West Cork is a place where people take time to refresh their senses, and their palates’, adds Carmel Somers of The Good Things Café and Cookery School. ‘When our visitors eat “the Sheep’s Head Way”, they’ll get to savour and appreciate the amazing ingredients we produce and work with in this beautiful part of the world. ’
‘Mussels are a great ingredient to start our series with’, says Pat Kiely of O’Connor’s Seafood Restaurant. ‘When people think of Bantry and food, mussels are the first thing they think of. We’re all really looking forward to showing just how versatile mussels are, and to dishing up some really great food. It looks set to be a great weekend!”
For more details, see http://livingthesheepsheadway.com/eating
For further information contact:
Tel. 086 303 0991
Eating the Sheep’s Head Way
‘Eat Mussels the Sheep’s Head Way’ is the first event in a series of ‘Eating the Sheep’s Head Way’ events. Each event will showcase individual ingredients prized by the chefs, producers and people who live along the Sheep’s Head Way, the renowned walking route in West Cork which forms a network of 200km of hiking trails.