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Laura Jackson RNLI, Derry Clarke L’Ecrivian, Sandra Murphy Trigon Hotels & Nathan Burke RNLI having a shucking time in preparation for the Cork Oyster & Seafood Festival which will take place at the Metropole Hotel Cork, 21st-23rd September 2018. .photo Kieran Harnett

Gala dinner with celebrity chefs to raise funds for RNLI

The hugely popular Cork Gourmet Trail, which takes place on Saturday 22nd September, was officially launched today. The day will start at noon with a drinks reception at the newly refurbished Met Bar at the Metropole Hotel, before taking off on a culinary tour of Cork, taking in some of Cork’s best restaurants. Some of the Cork restaurants taking part include: Amicus, Cask, The Cornstore, Greenes, The Imperial Hotel, Docklands,Tequila Jacks, The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Crawford & Co, The New Yorker Bar & Bistro, Olivo and The Oyster Tavern.

The trail will last until approximately 5pm and then guests will return to the Metropole Hotel for the Gourmet Trail after party with DJ till 8pm. On successful completion of the trail, guests will be awarded with a goody bag. The theme of the trail is “hats” and there will be prizes for the “Most Seafaring Hat”.

Also that evening the Metropole will host a very special fundraising Black Tie Gala Dinner in aid of the RNLI in the Ballroom from 7pm. Keeping with the gourmet theme each course will be prepared by a separate celebrity chef. Music will be provided by the Roaring Forties.

Aaron Mansworth, Group General Manager for Trigon Hotels said: “We are really excited that the Metropole Hotel is the starting point for the hugely successful Cork Gourmet Trail. This is such a great way to sample what’s on offer from restaurants and hotels around Cork and is a fantastic opportunity to show off menus. We are also really excited about the Gala Dinner in aid of the RNLI and we are delighted to support such a fantastic charity. September is going to be a very exciting month in all of our hotels.”

Both the Gourmet Trail and the Gala Dinner are part of the Murphy’s Cork Oyster and Seafood Festival which is taking place from 21st to 23rd September. The festival will open with a performance from the Cork City Samba Band and throughout the weekend there will be free cookery demonstrations with Bord Bia. Also in attendance will be Derry Clarke from the renowned L’Ecrivian restaurant in Dubin.

Tickets for the Gourmet Trail and the RNLI Ball are currently on sale on Eventbrite at €75 per person for the Gourmet Trail and €65 per person for the Black Tie Gala Dinner.

The Metropole Hotel is part of the Trigon Hotel Group, which has 334 guest rooms across three hotels in Cork. The group comprises of the Cork International Hotel, The Metropole Hotel and the Cork Airport Hotel. Some of the other events which took place at the hotels over the last 12 months include the Cork Craft Show and the Cork Chocolate Festival.