An outdoor culinary extravaganza is taking place in Fermoy on Friday, looking to celebrate the diversity and richness of culture in the town with the second Taste of Fermoy event.
Over 200 people will dine on Kent Street for one of Cork’s most prestigious community integration events.
With over 60-nationalities now living in the town of Fermoy, the North Cork town boasts a rich array of creatives, restauranteurs, chefs and food suppliers who have arrived in the area from overseas.
This year’s Taste of Fermoy event, to be held on Friday evening, July 26th, on Kent street in the town centre, will celebrate that diversity and richness of culture.
The organisers have called on support and advice from the likes of Anni Foley, originally from Thailand but who lives locally, and who runs the Shalong Thai sauces business.
Also the Five Seasons Polish and Lithuanian food store in the heart of Fermoy is providing stuffed peppers and other fresh products for a sharing platter on the night.
The Bella Café are providing a pesto pasta salad thanks to the generosity of the owner Payam from Iran while Adeel Muhammad Riaz from Pakistan, who runs the Grilloz restaurant in Fermoy, has also lent his support.
Organiser Grainne O’Connor said “We’ve also had help from Italian people in the town as well as some British residents, Dutch, Chinese, Lithuanian, South African, Canadian and more.” Now in its second year the event, supported by Cork County Council, will see the numbers dining grow from 120 people in 2018 to over 200 this year.
The community-based event highlights the quality of local suppliers and producers while celebrating the diversity of the town and the surrounding area.
The centrepieces for each table will include the flags of countries from where Fermoy’s new communities come from originally.
Ms O’Connor, who is also a member of the Fermoy Forum group which promotes the town as a great place to work, live and do business, said: “This event highlights what can be achieved when people come together and all contribute a little of their expertise, be it time, skills or products.” In total 40 local businesses have contributed to Friday evening’s event and 30 volunteers will roll up their sleeves to deliver fine dining to the streets of Fermoy.
Local man Martin Shanahan who owns the acclaimed Fishy Fishy and The Blue Room in Kinsale will be MC on the night.