Lee Valley Enterprise Board created this website to promote all aspects of the town of Macroom and the beautiful Lee Valley in which it lies. Here you will find information about the business and enterprises of the area, the schools and clubs that provide education and recreation for its people and news of the people themselves in the Lee Valley Outlook pages.
The scene at Macroom Food Festival 2016 ©Lee Valley Outlook
International tastes catered for at Macroom Food Festival. ©Lee Valley Outlook
The sun shone brightly. The crowds came in thousands. The traders did a steady, at times, hectic, business from 60 stalls. There was music, healthy eating advice and demonstrations, a very well organised food forum, fun and food galore for the children. Macroom Food Festival 2016 was again a great success. Entertainment was on tap from Circus Outside the Box, Aaron the Balloon Man, Face Painters and the Butter Exchange Band. This Cork & Kerry Schools cook-off drew more applications than ever before and the six finalists battled it out, cooking at an open air final. The overall winners were McEgan College Macroom. Runners up were St. Fanahan's College, Mitchelstown. Sponsors Nutricia First 1000 Days were on hand to lend their culinary expertise in judging the event and had a very difficult job choosing the winners.
Food for Thought and Taste.
The 160 guests that attended the 2016 Artisan Affair tasting dinner at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom at the opening Macroom's fifth Food Festival enjoyed a veritable feast for the senses. A Prosecco reception presented by the Real Olive Company in the foyer of the function room, was a sight to behold, with fruit, cheeses and Mediterranean morsels whetting the appetite. Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella provided a tasty ricotta panna cotta salad for the first course and this was followed by a beautifully crisp tartlet with Kilmichael Goat's Cheese, prepared by the Castle Hotel.
The breakfast roll took on a new meaning with the De Róiste Terrine, comprising rasher, sausage, black and white pudding, egg and mushroom in an appealing presentation. Sea food lovers enjoyed a fish cake from the Auld Triangle and McCarthy's Natural Dairies served a spicy Indian cheese dish, Paneer. The Riverside Park dish was pork medallion on roast potato, tender and tasty. Two desserts, tea and coffee brought the feast to a conclusion. Church Lane Restaurant presented a delightful selection of homemade ice-cream and the Mills Inn's luxurious Triple Chocolate Truffle Trifle challenged both articulation and capacity as a grand finale to a memorable presentation of some of the very good things the Lee Valley has to offer. Live music and dance on the night was provided by Officially Tapped.
The capable and pleasant staff of the Riverside Park are to be complimented on the slick service nd courteous attention provided throughout.
Having received your recent correspondence regarding the proposed change to Town Councils the management committee of Bealick Mill Heritage Centre are totally opposed to the complete abolishment of Town Councils in Ireland.
Bealick Mill Heritage Centre which was in complete ruin was restored at a cost of
1 million euro with a substantial amount of funding coming from Macroom Town Council in order to complete this Heritage Project.
If Town Councils are abolished here in Ireland all Communities where Town Councils now exist will suffer as all Fees and Rates which are collected and spent locally will now go into central funds with all of these towns suffering as a result.
We are also aware that the Irish Government are in breach of the European Charter of Local Self Government, as no consultation has taken place with the local communities about the proposed abolition of Town Councils.
Macroom Castle Grounds are accessed through the old gates