From Famine to Feast – West Cork has made an extraordinary journey since the famine to become a centre for the production of wonderful food
Trace its story on an absorbing day tour which offers unique insights into the extraordinary character and resilience of West Cork.
150 years ago, Skibbereen was one of the Irish towns worst-hit by the famine. Its story reached the London newspapers, shocking their readers into action. Today, Skibbereen is at the heart of Ireland’s thriving food culture, after a recovery that is a testament to the strength of the local community in West Cork and the fruitfulness of the land itself.
Starting in the West Cork town, you’ll learn about West Cork’s famine story, experiencing a guided tour of Skibbereen’s excellent heritage centre and visits to sites around the town associated with its famine past.
As the day moves on, we’ll see how West Cork transformed itself from a place of scarcity to one where the best food in Ireland is produced. After lunch, you’ll be welcomed to a family-run, West Cork dairy farm where you’ll find out how farmers today sustain their own livelihoods and contribute to feeding Ireland and the world beyond.
As you take in views across the lush landscapes where Ireland’s best dairy ingredients are produced, you’ll gain a personal insight into rural life which flourishes again here on the edge of Europe!
Date: 9th September, 2019 [Other dates available by request].
Arrive Skibbereen Heritage Centre 9:50am. We will return to the Heritage Centre at 5pm.
Please contact [email protected] for more information about the tour.
This tour is part of A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 2019.