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The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

FOR the sec­ond year run­ning SECAD Part­ner­ship joined forces with the dy­namic Mac­room Food Fes­ti­val to de­liver a fam­ily friendly cook­ery demon­stra­tion as part of the se­ries ‘Lo­cal Food, In­ter­na­tional Flavour’ at the Cas­tle Ho­tel on Sun­day, the fi­nal day of the fes­ti­val.

In a town with an al­ready rich food her­itage and a grow­ing in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for fine ar­ti­san foods, the cook­ery demon­stra­tion marked the cul­mi­na­tion of the work of the ‘Mac­room In­ter­na­tional Food Flavours Group’, a lo­cal group of like-minded peo­ple which in­cludes Bangladeshi, Hun­gar­ian, French, Ital­ian and Span­ish mem­bers.

The group has been at the core of SECAD Part­ner­ship’s Food Fu­sion in­te­gra­tion pro­gramme to cel­e­brate diver­sity through a shared love of food. Specif­i­cally, the group wel­comes peo­ple in de­vel­op­ing recipes to­gether to pro­vide a flavour of the cul­tural diver­sity of Mac­room and the sur­round­ing ar­eas. Un­der the guid­ance of Bal­ly­maloe-trained chef Sher­min Thomp­son, the in­ter­na­tional group launched a short recipe leaflet to share at the event.

SECAD Part­ner­ship’s Food Fu­sion In­te­gra­tion Pro­gramme is sup­ported by the Com­mu­ni­ties In­te­gra­tion Fund and the So­cial In­clu­sion and Com­mu­nity Ac­ti­va­tion Pro­gramme. The free pro­gramme runs in both Mac­room and Mi­dle­ton and ap­peals to new com­mu­ni­ties, to se­ri­ous food­ies and to those cu­ri­ous about in­ter­na­tional cui­sine.

MEAN­WHILE, the win­ners of the SECAD Pri­mary Schools poster com­pe­ti­tion in which 10 lo­cal schools from Mac­room and sur­round­ing ar­eas par­tic­i­pated were also an­nounced on Sun­day as part of the fes­ti­val. The theme was ‘Food from around the World’ and a great amount of cre­ativ­ity was on dis­play at the ex­hi­bi­tion at the Cas­tle Ho­tel on Sun­day. Re­sults are as fol­lows:

Ju­nior Cat­e­gory ( ju­nior in­fants, se­nior in­fants & first class):

1st Me­lanie Spil­lane, Kil­barry NS, 2nd Caoimhe Ni Dhuinin, Scoil Fhionnbarra, Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh, 3rd Sarah Healy, St Joseph’s Pri­mary School, Mac­room. In­ter­me­di­ate cat­e­gory (sec­ond, third & fourth class): 1st Char­lie Magee, St Col­man’s BNS, Mac­room, 2nd Gavin O’Rior­dan, Muine­fli­uch NS, 3rd Emily Me­hi­gan, St Joseph’s PS, Mac­room. Se­nior cat­e­gory (fifth & sixth


1st Clodagh McDon­agh, St Joseph’s Pri­mary School, Mac­room, 2nd Daniel Mur­phy, Muine­fli­uch NS, 3rd Re­becca Mor­gans, Rusheen NS.

RIGHT: Cian (9), Gran Mar­garet, Abby (6) & Noah Kelle­her (5) St Josephs NS. Mac­room with their draw­ings.

Eoghan (7) & Ella Buck­ley (9), with cousin Lily (9) and Cathal Buck­ely (4), Mac­room smile for a pic­ture at the SECAD poster com­pe­ti­tion re­sults an­nounce­ment on Sun­day.

Paddy (2), Mom Carmel, Ryan (6), Seán (4) & Chloe (8) from Mac­room check out the hun­dreds of pic­ture draw­ings at the SECAD poster com­pe­ti­tion re­sults on Sun­day at the Mac­room Food Fes­ti­val . Pic­ture by John De­lea.

Dad Mark, Leo (1), Mom Clare & Me­lanie Spil­lane (8) who took first place for her sec­ond class at Kil­barry NS.

Co­ran Burns (9) proudly points to his pic­ture with sis­ter Jodie (6), Mac­room

Róisín O’Rior­dan (11) & Sarah Cud­dihy (11) from Rusheen NS with their posters on Sun­day.

Mom Crys­tal with Kate­lyn (10) with her 5th class en­try from Clon­dro­hid NS at poster com­pe­ti­tion event on Sun­day.

Bal­ly­maloe-trained Chef, Sher­min Thomp­son gives a live cook­ery demon­sta­tion billed as ‘Fu­sion of the Worlds Best Food’ at the SECAD set of events on Sun­day, all part of the on­go­ing fes­tiv­i­ties at the Mac­room Food Fes­ti­val. All photos by John De­lea.

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