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Rosscarbery, West Cork

This West Cork retreat is perfect for budding food writers

Taking place in October 2020, this is an event not to be missed.


Award-winning food writer Dianne Jacob is set to team up with Kate Ryan this October for a workshop and food tour in west Cork.

Known for her Lucky Peach essay The Meaning Of Mangoes and book Will Write For Food, Dianne writes about everything to do with food, from memoir to recipes and everything in between. Kate Ryan, who runs the website flavour.ie, is a food writer and local tour guide, helping to highlight the cuisine of West Cork. Now, the duo has come together to help inspire future food writers by creating a retreat that will showcase this beautiful region and its culinary history.

The four-day workshop, aptly named Food With A Story To Tell, will take place in October 2020. Each day will include guided writing sessions with Dianne, plus tours and meals organised by Kate. 

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Dianne Jacob.
Dianne Jacob.

What's on 

Over the course of the four days, guests will enjoy a jam-packed itinerary of events. The first night of the trip will include a private dinner with drinks pairings, followed by a farm visit the following day complete with lunch made with produce from the farm itself. That night, guests will enjoy dinner at Pilgrim's a hyper-local restaurant that is known for its stellar food.

Guests will also be treated to a visit to Gubbeen Farm where the Ferguson family produce award-winning cheese, charcuterie and knives. A smorgasbord-style lunch will be served on-site too so that guests can enjoy the farm's wares.

To round out the tour, Rob Krawczyk will create a seasonal, multi-course menu at his Michelin-starred restaurant Chestnut for guests to enjoy alongside perfect drinks pairings.

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Rob Krawczyk outside Chestnut.
Rob Krawczyk outside Chestnut.

How to book

The Food With A Story To Tell food writing workshop and food tour includes workshop sessions with food writing instruction, two personal consultations, two lunches, three dinners, drinks pairings, and two excursions with transportation. 

The workshop will take place from October 8th-11th 2020 and there is currently an early bird offer available for €1,300 per person until March 31st. After this date, the cost will rise to €1,500, which does not include accommodation. However, the Celtic Ross Hotel is running a special group rate for guests taking part in the trip, so be sure to call them to ask about availability. 

If you're interested in this once-off workshop, we recommend that you book your place soon as there are only 15 spots available. 

Kate Ryan.
Kate Ryan.

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