A Fair & Local Feast

Clonakilty Fairtrade's 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Sunday 16th September, 7pm, Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty, West Cork


COME & CELEBRATE WITH US!  Cocktails, Jazz, Five-Course Menu & a glass of wine, all for just €50!  

A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 2018 Event 
15 years ago, Clonakilty was recognised as Ireland's first Fairtrade town. To mark that anniversary, and to celebrate the best of local, sustainable and ethical food in the award-winning town, the Clonakilty Fairtrade Committee are laying on a magnificent "Fair & Local" Gala Dinner.

Diners will be treated to a Jazz Beara Ocean Gin Cocktail reception with canapes and a specially created menu by celebrated local chef Caitlin Ruth using the best of our seasonal produce, including a glass of wine, all in the beautiful surroundings of Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty, West Cork on Sunday 16th September.

The pioneering town of Clonakilty has long been known for its inclusive and community minded ethos, creative spirit and a belief that an alternative way of doing things has a positive benefit for people, communities and the environment.

Allison Roberts is the founder of Exploding Tree / Clonakilty Chocolate, and treasurer of the Clonakilty Fairtrade Committee. "To celebrate 15 years of Fairtrade we want the Fairtrade movement in Clonakilty to link up more firmly with all other local and ethically minded food producers and movements here in West Cork. The benefit of all of these types of businesses and groups have to our town are immeasurable. I am passionate about sourcing my own food as local as possible, but some things can’t be sourced in Ireland, or even in Europe and that is where Fairtrade starts to comes in. Fairtrade is essential for certain parts of the world where small farmers do not have a means to sell their produce ethically without the support of a larger co-operation.”

The Gala Dinner will also honour Jennifer Sleeman, who will celebrate her 89th birthday this year. Jennifer was the visionary who encouraged Clonakilty to be recognised as a Fairtrade town. A life-long activist and campaigner, Jennifer understood that the conversation about food and ethics is mutually dependent, a way of thinking that is now an integral part of the established ethos in Clonakilty.


Special guest speakers on the night will be announced closer to the date!

Cocktails, Jazz, Five-Course Menu & a glass of wine, all for just €50!