The Food Industry Training Unit (FITU) was established by the Faculty of Food Science and Technology, University College Cork, 23 years ago. This was in recognition of the importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to the food and related sectors.
Visiting the Jameson Distillery, a half-hour east of the city in Midleton, is an experience most visitors to Cork will have at the top of their list. A mere 200 years in the making, this is one of the most visited whiskey distilleries in the world, the spiritual home of a great spirit, and a place to see where one of Ireland’s most famous exports goes from grain to glass (with a little magic along the way).
This quirky, charming tea shop and vintage furniture and curios store is housed in a converted carpenter’s workshop, around 15 minutes’ drive from the city, in the countryside close by the airport. Find out more about this little gem and their simple yet charming afternoon teas on their website.
On Market Lane, at one of the entrances to the famous English Market, The Oyster Tavern has just been reopened and given a stylish facelift, offering a contemporary menu in a gorgeous space. And you have to try the Oysters from local waters.
Chef Takeshi has Miyazaki on Barrack Street, serving up stunning Japanese street-food from a tiny take-out kitchen (there are a small number of seats along one counter). Miyazaki’s has won a number of national awards, including Ireland’s Best Asian Take-Out 2017. This small but mighty kitchen has been reviewed in international journals and Takeshi’s take on classic Japanese dishes now draws people from all over Ireland and beyond to his door.
This grand country estate & resort hotel offers Lady Fitzgerald’s High Tea, themed on the classic decadence of the 1920s. Live out your Downton Abbey fantasy for a few hours.
Another local favourite, Cafe Velo sits right on the river at George’s Quay, chooses local produce where possible and serves up brunch favourites in a bright, simple space. A fine Sunday morning option in the city.
The famous cookery school at Ballymaloe in East Cork runs a range of foraging courses throughout the year, for more details, visit their website and look under “foraging”.
One of the latest arrivals, SOMA Coffee Company on Tuckey Street (just across from the Grand Parade entrance to the English Market) is cool, contemporary and has amazing brews made with beans from local micro-roasters West Cork Coffee.