Elizabeth Fort Market Festival

This past Sunday, a few of us went to the Elizabeth Fort Market Festival to enjoy their artisan and craftsman stalls as well as selection of delicious foods. For six consecutive Sundays (August 9, 16, 23, 30 and September 6, 13), the Market Festival will take place from 11:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m. at Elizabeth Fort’s Garda Station at Barrack Street. Highlights of the festival include Ardsallagh Goat Farm, Baldwin’s Ice Cream, Crafty ConfectionsArguing the Mobius, Alfeen Glassworks, JR’s Lemonade, and slow-roasted pork sandwiches.

Ardsallagh Goat Farm is a goat dairy farm boasting delicious goat’s milk, cheese, and yogurt. With over three decades of experience and several hundred happy goats, it’s no wonder the product has caught the attention and admiration of The Bridgestone Guide (“Best In Ireland” 2005, 2006, 2007) and local foodies. We tested a few of their cheeses and finally settled on the Garlic and Turmeric Chèvre (€3.75), though were quite tempted by the Fresh Black Pepper Chèvre since it has a reputation for endurance in the face of forgetfulness (it lasts nicely in the fridge). Ardsallagh also sells other soft goat cheeses in a range of flavors that include: Honey and Oatmeal; Chives; Honey Mustard; Chili Pepper Flakes; and semi-hard cheeses. Mmm. Pictured: Soft Chèvre with Chives, Soft Chèvre with Chili Flakes, and Semi-hard Chèvre.

Baldwin’s Ice Cream is the result of Tom Baldwin and his sweet imagination. Farm fresh ingredients make all flavors from vanilla to honeycomb extraordinary. I hesitate to refer to any of Baldwin’s flavors as ‘classics’ because great care and thought has gone into cultivating and selecting the ingredients. You can also satiate your sweet tooth with flavors Strawberry, Mint and Regular Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Madagascar, Bailey’s, Honeycomb, and Caramel Fudge. Even more ice cream flavors, in addition to a sampling of sorbets, are available from Baldwin’s catering menu. Though based in County Waterford, you can get your fix locally at O’Keeffe’s Grocery (St. Luke’s Cross in Cork City), Jo’s Café (Main Street in Kinsale), Hurley’s SuperValu (Midleton), Farm Gate (Midleton), Posh Nosh (Rathcormac), and Coachouse (Youghal). Pictured: Tom Baldwin with his ice cream. No cone image since the ice cream is so delicious it seemed like a crime to delay eating just to snap a pic. Maybe next time.

Crafty Confections may be based in Midleton, but the cupcakes can be found at markets and special events far and wide. Having gained a reputation for some of the yummiest treats in County Cork, Kelly Cope and her crew tempt us with cake flavors like Caramel, Banana, Bailey’s, Lemon, Coconut, Rich Moist Fruitcake, and the usual standards – Vanilla and Chocolate. They even do wedding cakes! Pictured: Triple Chocolate (chocolate cupcake with plain & white Belgian chocolate buttercream swirl icing) and Raspberry ‘n’ White Chocolate (white chocolate cupcake with real raspberry buttercream icing).

If you are interested in artisan crafts, you’ll be happy to find handmade pottery, crochet jewelry, designer original handbags and laptop cases, hair accessories, and much more. If you’re an Etsy fan, you’ll be happy to know Arguing the Mobius is selling headbands so not only do you get to check them out in-person, but can save on shipping! Alfeen Glassworks is there with colorful, detailed, and one-of-a-kind handmade Irish glass jewelry.

Next Sunday, check out the Cork Butter Exchange Band and the largest military re-enactment in Cork City history! And it appears that vendors and market stall opportunities are in luck – Check out this post on Gumtree!

Photos from an afternoon at the Market Festival on Sunday, 16 August
Photos from an afternoon at the Market Festival on Sunday, 16 August
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