Crowds flock to Clonakilty for Irish Yogurts Street Carnival

Celebrity chef Kevin Dundon opens the popular West Cork event, celebrating the best of local food producers and restaurants



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21 June 2024

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The crowds descended on West Cork’s foodie scene at the popular seaside town of Clonakilty recently as celebrity chef Kevin Dundon officially opened the Irish Yogurts Clonakilty Street Carnival on Saturday 15 June.  

The Irish Yogurts Clonakilty Street Carnival has grown to  become West Cork’s hottest meal ticket with award-winning food producers and restaurants  showcasing their finest cuisine every year in June.  

Street Carnival

Celebrating Ireland’s finest food producers and restaurateur’s hailing from Clonakilty and the West Cork region, the Irish Yogurts Clonakilty Street Carnival included street food stalls from 13 food vendors, welcoming new Clonakilty businesses The Little Island Resort, The Pike Deli and  Wazzy Woo.  

Renowned West Cork hotelier’s Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa, The Emmet Hotel,  Clonakilty Park Hotel, O’Donovan’s Hotel and the Celtic Ross Hotel were joined by Clonakilty’s thriving cafes and restaurants to create a dazzling menu that catered for more than 2000 diners.

Also included on the menu were an array of tantalising dishes from Kirby’s at the Whale’s Tail,  Oak Fire Pizza, Scannell’s Bar and Restaurant, The Alley Garden Bistro and Casey’s Bar and  Restaurant to tickle those taste buds.  

Seasonal produce

Food ticket holders had the choice of a delicious menu serving up seasonal and home-grown produce as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. 

Highlights included fresh Union Hall hake, lobster and crab cakes, smashed black bean elote tacos, pulled pork, roast beef bap, Indian chicken korma curry, Bushby’s strawberry & vanilla cream maritozzi, and many more.  

Ireland’s renowned chef Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody Country House in Wexford officially opened the carnival ahead of the food service as he praised the local culinary talents.  

“It’s a real pleasure to be in Clonakilty and it’s been a  great day at the annual Irish Yogurts Clonakilty Street Carnival,” said chef Kevin Dundon.

“This year marks the sixth year of  the festival and it’s amazing to see how much this event has grown and how it continues to  bring the Clonakilty community together. 

Dundon said West Cork has always been a haven for food lovers, and that the menu  certainly showcased the ‘culinary delights of Clonakilty’.  

Family friendly events

With something for everyone, the Irish Yogurts Clonakilty Street Carnival provided an eclectic mix of family friendly events and interactive entertainment. 

With live music from local bands such as The Monks, The Water Gypsies, Andrew & Kate Whelton, the Blackapple Bastards and Rebel Brass, to stilt walkers and jugglers serenading diners as they tucked into delicious dishes along rows of decorated tables.  

“We are equally thankful to all our volunteers, sponsors and our lead sponsor Irish Yogurts Clonakilty, without whom we wouldn’t be able to pull off such a brilliant event every year,” said Kevin O’Regan, an organiser of the event.

The event highlighted the best of Clonakilty’s food scene and brings together everyone to create a unique dining experience

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