Kate Ryan is a food writer, blogger and founder of Flavour.ie, a website that is dedicated to promoting West Cork Food through writing, events and tours. Kate writes regularly for The Echo (formerly Evening Echo) and The Southern Star newspapers, The Opinion Magazine, Irish Foodie Magazine, TheTaste.ie, Headstuff.org and also her blog, The Flavour Files, showcasing the best of Cork produce and encouraging everyday cooking with it at home.
Kate was commissioned by A Taste of West Cork Food Festival to author an “Artisan Food Guide” featuring small, medium and craft food and drink producers from across the region and encouraging visitors to explore their own self-guided taste journey through West Cork. The book was published in June 2017.
Through Flavour.ie, Kate curates individual experiential pop-up food events to celebrate the best of Irish food. From Supper Clubs to Food Demos and other learning events, Kate works in collaboration with Chefs, food and drinks producers in quirky locations showcasing local produce and inspiring people to get cooking at home. The events encourage social dining for people to reconnect through the act of dining together, sharing food and stories.
Kate has also created an original Clonakilty Walking Food Tour which focuses on the themes of History, Tradition, Innovation and Community as she guides visitors from across the world around the creative and vibrant town of Clonakilty introducing visitors to the town’s unique food heritage. The tour is approved by Faílte Ireland and is featured as a “Hidden Gem” on the Wild Atlantic Way. Throughout the year, Kate hosts private groups on tailor-made private tours that are off the beaten path and introduce visitors to an authentic experience of Irish food, drink, heritage, landscape and hospitality.
Kate is also a judge with Blas na hEireann and the Irish Quality Food Awards.
Kate lives in a small West Cork village after moving to Ireland in 2005 from Bristol in the UK. Kate grew up in a family of keen gardeners where growing your own food and cooking from scratch was a natural part of the daily routine.
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