Happening this week in Cork is the very first Cork Burger Festival brought to us by Eimear and Ernest from FestivalCork.
With over 30 venues across Cork city and county participating there is no excuse to not get out there and sample some of the best burgers on offer before the 5 February.
ThisIrishFamily was lucky enough to snag an invite to the Bloggers and Burgers launch Wednesday night at Yellow Sub Cork. Located on the boardwalk on South Mall, Yellow Sub serves sliders from 5pm until late Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It’s the perfect location for meeting friends for a quick bite before (or after) heading out for the night. Yellow Sub treated 30+ bloggers to samples from their slider menu, including a special Burger Festival slider topped with bacon, quail egg and beetroot. As if sliders weren’t enough they were also serving up macaroni and cheese which is 100% pure comfort food to my American heart. All of that followed by a warm chocolate brownie with toasted marshmallows for dessert!
ThisIrishFamily was also offered the opportunity to sample the burgers from The Montenotte Hotel. With a very special thanks to Nan and Grandad for babysitting, ThisIrishDad and myself were treated to a mid-week meal without the kids!! If you haven’t been to The Montenotte Hotel in the past year or so it has been completely renovated. The bar and restaurant continue to offer a beautiful view overlooking the River Lee but in far more updated surroundings. Despite its trendy decor the friendly staff and innovative menu provide a relaxing atmosphere for a meal. The Cork Burger Festival menu offered a choice between a gourmet beef burger with cheddar and streaky bacon on a brioche bun or a fried onion and rosemary lamb burger served with semi sweet tomato mayo, brie and smoked bacon. ThisIrishDad and I ordered both and shared. The gourmet beef burger was fab but without a doubt the lamb burger with brie was out of this world. I’m not usually a lover of lamb and ThisIrishDad isn’t too keen on brie cheese but we both agree that paired together they made a phenomenal burger. We even had time to linger over coffee served up on the cutest matching china.
So if you’re looking to sample a burger this week we can recommend both the Yellow Sub and The Montenotte Hotel. As I said before the Yellow Sub would make a great meeting spot in town. The Montenotte Hotel offers free parking and a spacious laid back atmosphere which certainly comes in handy when dining with kids.
FestivalCork has some great plans to bring new, fun festivals celebrating food and drink across the county. Be sure to keep an eye out for future events. We’re particularly keen to check out the Cork Whiskey Festival this Spring.
**Disclaimer: ThisIrishFamily received no monetary compensation for this post however food sampled from Yellow Sub and Montenotte Hotel was provided free of charge. All opinions are 100% my own with some input from ThisIrishDad