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Watch: Clonakilty Lays Claim for Ireland’s Premier Foodie Town Title with New Short Film

Clonakilty's brigade of chefs prepare to serve over 1500 meals to visitors to Clonakilty's Street Carnival. The carnival celebrates the reopening of the main street after 18 months of work to install a new flood relief system and a new streetscape, at a cost of €2.3 million. Photo by Dermot Sullivan.

The beautiful and welcoming seaside town of Clonakilty has a reputation for firsts. The first Fair Trade town in Ireland; Ireland’s first EDEN destination of excellence; the first Cittaslow town in Ireland for celebrating the multiple benefits of slow living and slow food and recently voted the Greatest Town in Europe at the AOU Awards in London.

Now, the multi-award winning town on the south west coast of Irelands’ Wild Atlantic Way is holding claim to being the hidden gem in Ireland’s foodie crown; and a collaborative project of the towns’ best food and creative people have produced an inspiring short film about its top class foodie credentials to prove it.

TV chef and Clonakilty restaurant owner Richy Virahsawmy is among the bragade of chefs preparing to serve over 1500 meals to visitors to Clonakilty's Street Carnival. The carnival celebrates the reopening of the main street after 18 months of work to install a new flood relief system and a new streetscape, at a cost of €2.3 million. Photo by Dermot Sullivan.

On Friday 17th February, Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce released the three-minute short film that captures the food experiences of Clonakilty and West Cork for local people and visitors to the town.

You can watch the video HERE.

Chairperson of the Chamber of Commerce Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan says:

“This is an inspiring film that will really open people’s eyes to the food culture, heritage and passion of the town. The video is a work of art, full of colour: colourful food, colourful buildings and colourful people. It beautifully showcases the fantastic food produce as well as the many great places to eat in Clonakilty and across West Cork for which we are becoming so famous in Ireland and across the world.”

Clonakilty Brewing Company Crew at the Clonakilty Street Carnival. In total, more than 1500 meals and drinks were served in 2 and a half hours. The carnival celebrates the reopening of the main street after 18 months of work to install a new flood relief system and a new streetscape, at a cost of €2.3 million. Photo by Dermot Sullivan.

The short film was produced by local media company Ambiguous Fiddle Media who share much grá for the town.

Clonakilty is the home of long-standing brands such as Clonakilty Black Pudding; Shannonvale Chicken; Clóna Dairy and Irish Yoghurts. Alongside these, traditional craft food businesses that have been trading in the town for generations help to inform the new wave of artisans producing everything from bean-to-bar chocolate to ice cream, bread and craft beer.

Keep up to date with the happenings in Clonakility by following the town’s Facebook page “I Love Clonakilty” and the Twitter handle @clonchamber.

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