Tempt­ing treats, fun and games – it must be the Mac­room Food Fes­ti­val

The Corkman - - NEWS - BILL BROWNE

MAC­ROOM will once again be trans­formed into a culi­nary mecca over the week­end of Septem­ber 21 -24 with the re­turn of the town’s an­nual Food fes­ti­val.

Back in 2012 a group of lo­cal busi­ness­peo­ple and vol­un­teers joined forces in a bid to pro­mote the town’s rich her­itage and the re­gion’s rep­u­ta­tion for culi­nary ex­cel­lence and fine ar­ti­san foods.

Over the in­ter­ven­ing years the Mac­room Food Fes­ti­val has grown to be­come one of the most ex­cit­ing and colour­ful events of its kind in Cork, at­tract­ing vis­i­tors from far and wide to savour its ar­rest­ing aro­mas, tasty treats and sump­tu­ous sights.

The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee has been busy over the past few months plan­ning a full and ex­cit­ing pro­gramme of events for the 2017 Fes­ti­val, with some­thing to suit all ages and tastes tak­ing place at venues in­clud­ing the River­side Park Ho­tel, the Town Square and the Cas­tle Ho­tel.

The fes­ti­val will kick-off on Thurs­day week with guests in­vited to ‘fox­trot their way down mem­ory lane’ at a Vin­tage Tea Dance in the River­side Park from 8pm.

The fol­low­ing day will see the re­turn of the pop­u­lar ‘An Ar­ti­san Af­fair’ at the River­side Park from 7.30pm. The evening will high­light lo­cal pro­duce, with ar­ti­sans from the area com­ing to­gether to present a tast­ing menu us­ing lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents.

Satur­day’s high­lights will in­clude chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment, the re­turn of the ‘Fes­ti­val Food Trail, the ‘In­ter­na­tional Food Flavours’ where peo­ple show off dishes from their home coun­tries and the ‘Night Owl’s Taste Trial’ where peo­ple can sam­ple culi­nary de­lights, washed down with their favourite tip­ple.

The day will con­clude with ‘Su­per Or­ganic Me’ a com­edy show with Tomi James at the Cas­tle Ho­tel.

Sun­day will see the re­turn of the out­door mar­ket in the town square, in­clud­ing mu­sic from fam­ily trio Green­shine and the Army Band of the South­ern Com­mand, kid’s en­ter­tain­ment, cook­ery demon­stra­tions and tast­ings and the Cork sec­ondary schools ‘Cook Off ’.

The fes­ti­val will draw to a close in the evening with ‘ The Se­cret Sup­per’, a three course din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at a lo­ca­tion that will only be re­vealed when peo­ple ar­rive at the venue. This will be fol­lowed by the fes­ti­val awards cer­e­mony and wrap party with live mu­sic.

A spokesman said the fes­ti­val promised to be a mag­i­cal week­end of cul­ture, ad­ven­ture and en­ter­tain­ment. “The Fes­ti­val at­tracts up to 10,000 peo­ple and this year it prom­ises to be even big­ger, busier and bet­ter than be­fore. It will be a fun few days for fam­i­lies as well as a key culi­nary week­end in the di­aries of se­ri­ous food food­ies,” he said.

“With so much hap­pen­ing it prom­ises to be an epic feast for all the senses,” he added.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to see the full pro­gramme of events over the week­end visit www.mac­room­food­fes­ti­val.com.

Lucy O’ Con­nell, Freya Rior­dan, Anna Me­hi­gan and Char­lie O’Con­nell from Mac­room helped launch the 2017 Mac­room Food Fes­ti­val at the Buf­falo Cheese Farm, Kil­na­mar­tyra.

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