Mae Kiely and Paul Hogan dance for joy at the launch of The Irish Yogurts Clonakilty Street Carnival. Photo: Dermot Sullivan

What’s Clon the menu?

A hugely popular outdoor food festival is returning to West Cork next weekend offering unbeatable al-fresco dining for all!

The Irish Yogurts Clonakilty Street Carnival takes place from 11am on 17 June and offers visitors the opportunity to sample some of the region’s most delicious local food.

Catered for by Clonakilty’s top local restaurants and food producers, hungry food fanatics can take their pick from dishes like seafood linguine, grilled beef fillet sandwich, the famous Clonakilty Blackpudding burger, pizza al taglio, noodles, curries and more.

Caterers include Kirby’s @ The Whale’s Tail, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Clonakilty Park Hotel, Scannell and The Emmet Hotel and others.

A tasty kids’ menu, musical entertainment, and kids’ activities will also be available to keep the younger foodies entertained throughout the day. Free activities include a drumming workshop, kids’ disco, bouncy castles, penalty shootout, giant Jenga and Connect 4 games, mini golf, face-painting, circus workshop, stilt walkers, and an autism family friendly area.

Entertainment on the day will include live music by The Kates, Ceomhltas Clonakilty, Clonakilty Brass Band, Andrew Whelton, and Shanley’s House Band.

Carnival goers will also have the chance to add some jazz to their step as the Clonakilty Swing Dancers (Damhsa Larthar Chorcai) will get audiences on their feet and the West Cork Drumming Group will add extra beat to the festivities.

The inaugural Clonakilty Street Carnival took place in 2016 and became an annual event each June until the pandemic forced it into standby in 2020.

This year’s carnival will be the first since 2019. Food tickets can be purchased at and cost €18 for adults and €7.50 for children, not including booking fees. Adult tickets include 2 meal dishes, Clonakilty ice cream, and wine or a soft drink. Tickets can also be purchased from Fuchsia Footwear and Kerr’s Bookshop in Clonakilty.

All other activities throughout the day are free and streets will be fully pedestrianised for the event.