Boats, Bites and Bait – Cork’s Newest Festival

Cork loves an auld festival! There is rarely a weekend that goes by that there isnt some form of pop up event in or around the city and county. From the Irish Redhead Convention hosted in Crosshaven every year to the International Jazz Festival, Glow Cork Christmas Celebration and every little food festival in between.


One of the most recent arrivals was Sounds from a Safe Harbour, a festival celebrating “themes of waves, water and movement” as its inspiration, coinciding with the ever popular annual Culture Night. There was so much to choose from, events hosted by venues throughout the city and on Sunday, we ventured to a small few.


Bait was a pop-up restaurant in B8 bonded warehouse on the Port of Cork quays curated by the wonderful Rocketman Presents team. This same team hosted Our Table, a long table dinner running the length of Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork city back in June. So much innovation and excitement with food! How could we not go!

Dinners were held in Bait on Friday night with Rory O’Connell of Ballymaloe presenting an evening of seafood spectacle on Friday as “Fish on Friday”. Saturday night was the turn of Caitlin Ruth of Deasy’s in Clonakilty and by all reports it was another fantastic evening.


The final day was hosted by The Rocket Man himself and boy was it tasty. Tables of 4, made out of recycled pallets were served beautiful seafood and tasty freshly baked breads from Seagull Bakery alongside coffee and a smoked bloody mary! As an experience it was second to none and the food highlighted just how lucky we are here in Ireland to be surrounded by wonderful produce from the sea.

After brunch, we wandered into town to soak up some more of the festival atmosphere in BDSM and the Vicarstown Bar alongside a few tipples. If the festival goes ahed again next year, I highly suggest you book early! It is full of fantastic people doing fantastic things.

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