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Cork Foodie Christmas Guide 2021

Shopping local has become more important than ever over the course of the pandemic, with small and new food businesses needing local support. With so many of them offering online and home delivery, it’s easier than ever to support local. 

This year, I decided to put together a Cork foodie guide with some food and drink Christmas Hampers and gift ideas to spoil someone close to you, or as a gift to yourself to make your life easier this Christmas! There are loads of Cork companies doing gorgeous hampers and gift sets this Christmas. 

The Roughty Foodie ‘Pure Cork Food Box’ costing €80 contains Joe’s Farm crisps, Seymour’s biscuits, lemon curd, cork raw honey, Coolea Cheese Gouda Style, Seymour’s savoury biscuits, O’Conáil’s hot chocolate, O’Conáil’s bar of chocolate, west cork red onion marmalade, west cork whiskey marmalade and west cork coffee. Order at The Roughty Foodie stall at The English Market or online here

Cape Clear Island Distiller ‘Travel the Coast Road Gift Set’ costing €32.36. Travel the Coast Road from the extreme Northwest of Ireland, all the way down to West Cork. The pack has four gins, each in a 100ml bottle. The four gins are: Dúlamán Gin, from Sliabh Liag Distillers in Donegal, Micil Gin, from Galway, Skellig Six18, from Kerry, and their own 3 SQ. MILES from Cape Clear Island. It comes with a booklet explaining the stories of each of the distilleries involved. Order on their website here

Good Fortune Cookies ‘The Everything Box’ costing €15 (plus delivery). Box contains 2 x double chocolate and sea salt cookie, 2 x milk chocolate and caramel, and 2 x white chocolate & pistachio. Order on their website here

English Market Hamper costing €135. The hamper includes Tom Durcan’s – Traditional Spiced Beef, O’Connells Fish – Smoked Salmon, Jack McCarthy’s – Black and White Breakfast Pudding, On the Pig’s Back – Chicken Liver Pate, On the Pig’s Back – Rye Crackers, The Olive Stall – Jar of mixed Olives, Toonsbridge Dairy – Smoked Scamorza, Gubbeen Farmhouse Cheese, Hasset’s Bakery – Mince Pies, Farmgate Cafe – Chocolate Tiffin Pudding, Chocolate shop – Mixed Chocolates, Bubble Brothers Red and White Wine. All packed in a Tom Durcan insulated bag. Order online here.  

West Cork Coffee 3,6- and 12-month subscriptions. A variety of seasonal, single origin coffee, roasted and delivered to your door. They roast the coffee on the first Monday of each month, and each delivery will include information regarding the farm/region/variety/taste notes of each coffee. Order online here

Hoban’s Treats ‘Mini Roll Box’ costing €12. It includes 1 x white chocolate & raspberry, 1 x tripe chocolate, 1 x Jaffa, and 1 x coffee caramel. All gluten free! You can order online here

On the Pig’s Back ‘Cork Rebel Hamper’ costing €55. It includes on The Pig’s Back Crackers, Chicken Liver Pate, On the Pig’s Back Red Onion Marmalade, Rebel Chili Chutney, Gubbeen Salami, Hegarty’s Cheese, Milleen’s Cheese, Gubbeen Cheese, Ardsallagh Cranberry Roulade (goats cheese), and Cork Sweet Treats. You can order online here for delivery to your home or theirs, or alternatively can collect from their Douglas café/deli or English market stall. 

The Tiny Turnip ‘Christmas Grazing Gift Box’ (feeds four people), costing €60 each, plus €10 for nationwide delivery. The grazing boxes are handmade to order by Ballymaloe-trained chef Aisling Murphy. The box contains Aisling’s own homemade cranberry and pear chutney, cucumber and dill pickle, and feta and basil dip, alongside some of Munster and Ireland’s top producers. Recipients will also Fingal Ferguson’s lightly smoked Gubbeen Salami, handmade in Schull, Co. Cork, Oak Smoked Organic Irish Salmon from Shanagarry Smokehouse, Co. Cork, The Food of Athenry’s gluten-free Gourmet Multiseed Sodabread Toasts and Aisling’s own personal selection of Irish farmhouse cheeses; Milleen’s Smoked Cead (produced in Beara, Co. Cork), Knockanore’s Raw Milk Mature Vintage White Cheddar (produced in Ballyneety, Co. Waterford), Ardsallagh Goats Cheese (produced in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork), and Cooleeney’s Tipperary Brie (produced in Thurles, Co. Tipperary). Other elements include Honey from Gee’s Gourmet Preserves in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, Baltimore-based Foxglove Cocktails’ ready to make Mulled Wine Mix, and The Tiny Turnip’s hand-dried orange & rose petal garnishes. And, to make life and Christmas grazing as easy as possible, each gift box comes complete with its own set of do-it-yourself instructions and pairing recommendations – providing them with everything they’ll need to pull off the perfect festive spread. You can pre-order now from the Tiny Turnip website.

The Lismore Food Company ‘The Christmas Day Hamper’, costing €160. It has everything you need to celebrate Christmas in style! It include 1 x Lismore sweet biscuits 150g, 1 x Lismore savoury biscuits 150g, 1 x Lismore coffee 200g, 1 x Lismore chocolate apple thins, 1 x Lismore chocolate bar, 1 x Lismore chutney, 1 x Lismore Christmas morning marmalade, 1 x Lismore  balsamic vinegar 100ml, 1 x Lismore  honey 113g, 1 x Lismore cordial 330ml, 2 x different Lismore savoury nuts, 1 x Lismore Kalamata olives 180g, 1 x charcuterie 110g, 1 x chocolate truffle almonds, 1 x Lismore brandy butter 155g, 1 x Lismore truffle oil 100ml, 1 x Lismore truffle mustard, 1 x St Nicholas Christmas Pudding 450g, 1 x Lismore cranberry sauce 212ml, 1 x Lismore luxury hat box. You can order online here

Ballymaloe ‘Luxury Hamper’ costing €395. For pure indulgence, this one’s for you! The Ballymaloe kitchen has chosen their favourite and most popular local foods for this luxury Christmas Hamper. Their exclusive hamper includes Hederman’s Organic Smoked Salmon, Mrs Allen’s Brown Bread mix, Ballymaloe nibbles, a bottle of our Ballymaloe Garden Gin, Champagne and other wines from the Ballymaloe wine cellar. Their favourite olive oil, Golden Bean coffee roasted on site, homemade fudge, oat biscuits, marmalade, and so much more along with a unmistakably Ballymaloe House blue and white gingham breakfast tablecloth and two napkins. All fresh produce items have been made at Ballymaloe House unless otherwise mentioned in the complete list of contents below:

Apple Jelly, 300ml, Apple Juice from the Ballymaloe Orchard, x 1 litre, Ballinrostig Cheese, 200gms, Ballymaloe Afternoon Tea Blend, Loose leaf, 100gms, Ballymaloe Garden Gin, 70cl, Ballymaloe Hessian Bag, x 1, Ballymaloe Colourful Spotty Mugs made by Shannonbridge Pottery, x 2, Ballymaloe Relish from Ballymaloe Foods,, Beeswax Candles made by Brookfield Farm, x 2, Blue and White Gingham Breakfast Tablecloth, x 1 (54″ x 54″), Blue and White Gingham Napkins, x 2, Bottle of Fleury Champagne, 750ml, Bottle of Red Wine from the Ballymaloe Wine Cellar, 750ml, Bottle of White Wine from the Ballymaloe Wine Cellar, 750ml, Brandy Butter in a jar made with Ballymaloe Jersey butter, 150ml, Breakfast Marmalade, 330gms, Brown Soda Bread Mix, 450gms, Cava Mirgin, Organic Cava Reserva 750ml, Chicken Liver Pate in a kilner jar, 200gms, Christmas Tree Decoration, x 1, Chocolate Truffles in a jar, 200gms, Cranberry Sauce from Ballymaloe Foods, 210gms, Darren Allen’s Ballymaloe Farm Bacon, 6 rashers, Elderflower Cordial, 200ml, Extra Virgin Olive Oil by MED, 1 litre, Fridge Magnet of Ballymaloe House, x 1, Golden Bean Coffee Beans, Roasted at Ballymaloe House, 250gms, Hedermans Smoked Salmon, approx. 300gms, Homemade Ballymaloe Fudge, 24 pieces, Homemade Ballymaloe Granola, 450gms, Mrs. Hanrahan’s Christmas Sauce, 150ml, Oat Biscuits, x 8, Onion Confiture, 150gms, Puff Pastry Mince Pies, x 6, Spicy Bar Nuts, 125gms, Traditional Ballymaloe Plum Pudding,2lb, Tonic Water by Poachers, x 2 200ml bottles, West Cork Olives, selection, 200gms

All beautifully packaged in a recyclable cardboard box and festive décor. Their hampers are ‘Click and Collect’ only, and can be collected after December 8th, although by arrangement, they can organise collections from The Crawford Gallery Café in Cork. You can buy the website from their website

These are just some of the gorgeous hampers and gift sets that Cork businesses are doing this year, However no matter where you live in the world, look out for similar hampers in your area that are with local businesses. It’s so important to support your local community 🙂

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