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12 Sep 2018

Italian food personality gets a taste for West Cork

Hundreds of thousands of Italian ‘foodies’ set to learn all about West Cork

A well-known Italian food personality and influencer, Sonia Peronaci, is visiting the Taste of West Cork Food Festival this week, as a guest of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. 

Sonia is a cook, writer, presenter and the founder of one of Italy’s most popular cooking websites, Giallo Zafferano. She is extremely influential – with a combined following of around 922,000 on social platforms (including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube) and with around 150,000 visits each month to her new website. She’s been capturing, and then sharing, lots of great photos and footage at the festival and around West Cork this week. 

During her time here, Sonia attended various festival events – including a pop-up dinner at Mews Restaurant in Baltimore, created by a team from the Michelin-starred Heron & Grey restaurant; and ‘A Food Blast Off Taste Extravaganza’ in Pilgrim’s in Rosscarbery, created by Assasination Custard restaurant. She also visited the Skibbereen Farmers’ Market and some of the superb food producers in West Cork – including Ummera Irish Smokehouse in Timoleague and Twomey’s Butchers in Clonakilty; and some local tourist attractions, including Drombeg stone circle near Glandore, Bantry House and the Mizen Head Signal Station. 

“Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite Sonia Peronaci to this year’s Taste of West Cork Food Festival,” said Niamh Kinsella, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Italy. “Sonia has a really strong online presence, with more than 900,000 followers – so, her visit to the West Cork Food Festival is an excellent opportunity to highlight the festival, the superb produce from this part of Ireland and the spectacular scenery. Her posts and photos will be seen and shared by her online followers – inspiring them to come and sample West Cork for themselves.

“Tourism Ireland undertakes a busy publicity programme, in Italy and elsewhere around the world, to raise the profile of the island of Ireland. Visits by journalists and social influencers like Sonia Peronaci are a key element of that programme.”

Italian food personality and influencer, Sonia Peronaci, with Anthony Cresswell, at Ummera Irish Smokehouse in Timoleague, Co Cork. 

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