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A fantastic week at Feast Cork 2018
A fantastic week of feasts, conversation & fun
at Feast Cork 2018
Feast Cork 2018 was a huge success, running over a week from the 2nd-9th September and now in its 2nd year, the festival saw 15,000 visitors attend events, talks, demonstrations and dinners.
With 35 events in 25 different locations around East Cork including 23 sell out events, Feast Cork was a fantastic week enjoyed by participants, organisers and the many visitors who attended over the course of the seven-day event.
Launched on Sunday evening the 2nd September evening in the Jameson Heritage Centre with drinks, canapés and a performance from Mundy, kicking off a week of food-focused events, leading to the big day out on Saturday, September 8th, where the entire town of Midleton was buzzing, vibrant and an exciting place to be from early in the morning to late in the evening.
As well as celebrating the best in food and drink each year, a new conversation began with the Future of Food dialogue led by Eurotoques secretary general Manuela Spinelli, SECAD celebrated multiculturalism through food by showcasing the diversity of cultures in East Cork and giving a taste of foods from around the world, and on the last day of the festival, Irish Times writer Catherine Cleary was joined by female farmers and producers based in East Cork for Appetite Talks. These events were aimed at opening the imagination, generating discussion and prompt action in attendees to recognise their individual roles as consumers and producers.
Irish distillers ran an event every day-from whiskey master classes to cooperage demonstrations and dinners with whiskey pairings. Over 30 local producers were involved throughout the festival at market stalls, round table conversations, pop-ups and meet the producers events, including Michael Barrett Lobsters, Ballinrostig Organic Cheese, Frances Gallagher’s local seaweed, Ardsallagh Goats Cheese, Vegetables from Joe and Sandra Burns, Jameson whiskies, Bertha’s Revenge and more.
From sampling cheese, behind the scenes tours of distilleries, expert-led mushroom foraging or searching for edible seaweeds by the seashore, Feast Cork brought consumers to the people who make and produce some of the region’s most distinctive foods.
The week brought together a host of hardworking, innovative food producers from all over this landscape that is largely defined by food production and food heritage, to celebrate and showcase the old and new, the traditional and the innovative in the East Cork area.
With the festival ending on a high note in Sunday, September 9th with the East of East lunch in SAGE restaurant created by Kevin Aherne and guest chef Takashi Miyazaki - the sold out event wrapped up a fantastic week of Feast Cork.
Festival organisers Réidín and Kevin Aherne of SAGE restaurant shared, ‘Since last year Feast Cork has stepped up onto the solid foundations created by the Midleton Food Festival over the past fifteen years, and started to build into a festival that stretches beyond Midleton to the stunning seaside jewel of Ballycotton, creating a new focus for a young festival with old values and traditions, designed to celebrate the riches of a region.’
Kevin continued ‘We are really proud of what we have achieved this year and are excited to start planning Feast Cork 2019, introducing more discussion and dialogue about Irish food and where it’s going , educating ourselves and the next generation. It has been fantastic to work with the community of East Cork and we look forward to what next year’s festival will bring.’
Feast Cork will be returning in 2019 from 1st -9th September 2019.