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Don Buckley, Catherine Costello and Pat O'Connell prepare forMacroom Food Festival
September 26 – 28. © Lee Valley Outlook
The 3rd Macroom Food Festival takes place in the riverside town on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th, and Sunday 28th September. Events will be located at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues across the town centre, including the town Square, the Castle Hotel, the Briery Gap, the library and the Riverside Park Hotel. The festival is an artisan tasting affair and features Macroom taste trail, an international food marquee, Master Chef demo, cake decorating masterclass, schools cook-off competition, cheese & wine tasting, monster outdoor food market, children's entertainment & lots of live music.
The Macroom Food Festival team has been busy working on an even bigger and better line-up for this year's event. The previous two food festivals drew crowds of over 7000 visitors each year so there is an already established appetite for this annual extravaganza and expectations are sure to be met once again this year. The 2014 festival will take place over three days. The weekend will kick off on Friday 26th with a welcome ceremony and 'An Artisan Affair' which will be an evening of exquisite foods and flavours to showcase the vast array of Macroom's local produce, created by our finest local producers. Saturday will see the town come alive with a number of childrens' events in the morning, followed by a taste trail showcasing superb local produce in the pubs, shops, cafes and restaurants around Macroom to a soundtrack of live music performances throughout the town. A new International Flavours event will take place on the Square from 5pm – 7pm which will give the public an opportunity to discover new dishes from around the globe. Bakers and decorators will enjoy a cake decorating master class by Ellen O'Leary of No. 57 Gourmet Kitchen after which Diana Dodog will show off her MasterChef winning skills at a demo in The Castle Hotel. For those still hungry and thirsty for more, a (local) cheese and (not so local) wine event will finish off the evening at The Castle Hotel at 8.30pm. Sunday will see the square transformed into a massive outdoor food market with over 60 food producers and traders setting up stall, complete with children's entertainment, live music and plenty to eat all round, along with the schools cook-off.
Preparing for 'An Artisan Affair' at the Riverside Park Hotel during Macroom Food Festival September 26 - 28 © Lee Valley Outlook
The town of Macroom is looking forward to welcoming the now regular foodie visitors once more, plus lots of newcomers. The Macroom Food Festival organising committee says the programme of events will be diverse enough to whet the appetites of dedicated food enthusiasts, as well as families looking for an enjoyable weekend of culture and entertainment. The festival will, again, put the fantastic food of west Cork, Kerry and beyond in the spotlight. Macroom Food Festival will be an epic feast for all the senses.
See www.macroomfoodfestival.com for more details.