WHAT IS FEAST
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 a festival that stretches beyond Midleton to the Victorian seaside town of Youghal and to the stunning seaside jewel of Ballycotton, creating a new focus for a young festival with old values and traditions, designed to celebrate this embarrassment of riches of a region.
Feast Cork 2018 runs from 2nd to 9th September, again based in the market town of Midleton with its rich food heritage but with a strong focus on the wider region, and will once again be a food and drink festival with a sure sense of place. A festival that happens at harvest time – appropriately for a gathering up and bringing together of the best of what the area has to offer – Feast Cork is a fresh blend of conversations, dinners, markets, foraging, mixology, produce, producers, landscape, heritage and storytelling.
A long table lunch ‘Eats of East’ with Takashi Miyazaki and Kevin Aherne at Sage restaurant, mixology events with Jameson, innovative talks on the future of food with the next generation chefs, cookery demos with some of the region’s best chefs and a producer’s picnics are just a small sample of what Feast Cork is planning for this year’s line-up.
Bringing together a host of hardworking, innovative food producers from all over this landscape that is largely defined by food production and food heritage, Feast Cork is a celebration and showcase that mixes the old and new, the traditional and the innovative.
From the individual and small-scale but crucial producers, farmers, fishermen and cooks in the region that add layers of authenticity and history to the community, to the ethos originally created by Myrtle Allen at Ballymaloe House and Cookery School that has become a global force of nature that can be felt in the best kitchens from Sydney to San Francisco, East Cork resounds with a genuine sense of celebration of the local, the seasonal, the real. Feast Cork capitalises on and magnifies that shared ethos and those shared values in the most celebratory way.
Jameson Whiskey and Midleton Whiskey’s meteoric rise in the US and world-wide over the last decade all comes from the historic handsome distillery that the festival team pass on the way to work each day in Midleton. Irish Distillers’ own real connection with the East Cork landscape around them explains their significant support for the festival – barley grown by East Cork farmers and East Cork river water are ingredients that have helped put their whiskeys on the map, and now they in turn help raise the profile of the producers of the entire region through their generous festival sponsorship.
Feast Cork has grown from the strong roots put down by the Midleton Food Festival over the past fifteen years, and now this harvest celebration holds out its arms to the wider region, creating new coordinates for this vibrant young festival, coordinates that they hope will shine brighter each year on the food festival map of Ireland – coordinates that are pure Feast Cork.
SPONSORS OF FEAST FESTIVAL
Feast offers you an exciting opportunity to directly reach out to your key target market. It is an event which underlines the importance of supporting local, regional and national industries, with an undeniable feel-good factor celebrating quality and indigenous products.
When you partner with Feast as a sponsor you become part of one of Ireland’s longest running and best attended food festivals.
LOCATED IN MIDLETON, CORK
Held in Midleton and surrounding areas in the first week of September.
Feast marks the beginning of the harvest season and attracts in excess of 30,000 visitors annually.