The Clonakilty Walking Food Tour

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Friday’s 11-3pm

May to November

rain or shine!

West Cork’s flagship food tourism event…an excellent overview of the rich local food culture” Joe McNamee, Irish Examiner

Our tasty tour of Clonakilty visits a wide range of food producers from meat, cheese, ice cream, beer, chocolate, bread and of course the wonderful Clonakilty Farmers’ Market.

This guided tour with Food Writer, Kate Ryan, will connect you to the people, places and stories that make the award winning town of Clonakilty such a vibrant foodie hub. This tour is an ideal opportunity to meet the producers, learn about their food story, history and traditions – a chance to get a real sense of the people behind some amazing, and often times unique, food being produced in the town. 

Booking in advance is essential. Book by 4pm the day before a tour!

  • Meet in the upstairs lounge of Arís Cafe, Asna Square from 11am. 
  • The tour starts at 11am sharp and finishes at 3pm.
  • Cost for the tour is €50 per person and includes all food and drink samples.
  • This tour is not suitable for children under 11 years old.
  • All except the first and final stop on the tour is wheelchair accessible, but alternative arrangements can be made with a minimum of 24 hours notice.

Changes & Cancellations:

  • The Clonakilty Walking Food Tour will run only if there is a minimum of two people booked in. In the unlikely event a tour does not run, you will be offered either a full refund or a date change.
  • The tour runs rain or shine, but in the event of extreme adverse weather the tour may be cancelled. In this unlikely event, you will be offered either a full refund or a date change.
  • You can change the date of your tour any time up to 3pm the day before a tour for free. Simply email by 3pm with the date you wish to change to.
  • Cancellations are only available up to 1 week prior to your tour date. After that, and up to 3pm the day before, you have the option to change your date. After this you will forfeit your place on the tour.
  • All cancellations, except those cancelled by, will be subject to a €5 cancellation fee.


“I thoroughly enjoyed the tour on Friday and of course the weather was perfect for it. I found your input fantastic, you knew your subjects very well and the information we got was wonderful on how the companies were formed etc. The shops were generous with their time and samples. Expect to see me back next year with my husband in tow!!!” Mary Condon, Skibbereen

“A short note to thank you very much for organising a superb ‘illustrated’ lunch at the Fernhill Hotel. Your knowledge of the West Cork food story, your fantastic story-telling and the fabulous food all came together to create a memorable experience for us: my colleagues from our Amsterdam and Copenhagen offices really saw and tasted the best of West Cork, thanks to you, and have gone home even more energised to promote the region and its food.” Peter Nash, Manager Northern Europe, Tourism Ireland

“This was a wonderful tour and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who would like learn about Clonakilty and the delicious food on offer there. Kate was a terrific tour guide with many interesting stories along with introducing us to many vendors who shared some fascinating stories also with us😀” Theresa Ann Murphy, Edmonton, Canada

“Thank you so much for the wonderful day – we had so much fun on the tour.” Cathleen Bushman, Chicago, USA

“We loved our Clonakilty Walking Food tour!! The samples were delicious and Kate did a wonderful job sharing the histories and stories behind the food/drink. We highly recommend it!” Sinead & Rick Taylor, Edmonton, Canada

“Enjoyed delicious walking and food sampling tour today lead by Kate…. How better to get to know Clonakilty than by meeting locals passionate about the food and drink they make from scratch. Every tasty delicacy had a story. Every morsel was grown, reared, cooked and made locally with love and expertise. Kate knows all the inside stories of food and drink. Where to buy the best, who is doing what and even who is planning to create what! Treat yourself! Join Kate on the walking food trail in Clonakilty. Our favorite has to be Clonakilty Chocolate!”  Melanie Kovero

“Everyone needs to book this food adventure this summer brought to you by!” Caroline Crowley, West Cork Business Network

“The food trail was an amazing experience, a veritable feast for the taste buds intermingled with a unique insight into the rich tradition of West Cork food producers. The tour takes you on a journey from the classic Clonakilty Black Pudding to the cocoa farmers of Ghana and everywhere in between. Kate is passionate about quality, local food and her enthusiasm is infectious. My eyes were opened to the range of delicious food which West Cork has to offer. I cannot recommend the tour highly enough.”  Laurie O’Keeffe

“I am living in West Cork 9 years but I learned more after spending 4 hours on this tour than all my years here, I am bursting with new ideas for all sorts of meals, confident of where they came from, how they are produced and even their long standing history.  I cannot recommend this excellent tour more highly.” Alison Moriarty, Sales & Marketing Professional


The Clonakilty Walking Food Tour is approved by Fáilte Ireland and featured on the following tourism websites:

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