PLANNING IN PROGRESS...
THE full Programme of Events for FEAST 2018 will go live in July 2018
Here's a little taste of what's to come...
Beginning with theofficial opening on Sunday night, September 2nd in the Jameson Heritage Centre the week of Feast Cork 2018 has food-focused events every night, leading to the big day out, the main event on Saturday September 8th, when the entire town of Midleton is animated by this vibrant and exciting festival from early in the morning to late in the evening.
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 2018 is a celebration and showcase that mixes the old and new, the traditional and the innovative. Some of the events scheduled for this year’s Feast Cork are designed to introduce those producers in the most enjoyable way. Whether it’s sampling cheese, seeing behind the scenes in a boutique chocolate factory, expert-led mushroom foraging or searching for edible seaweeds by the seashore, Feast Cork promises an up close and personal take fromthe people who make and produce some of the region’s most distinctive foods.
Meet the cheesemakers – on Tuesday September 4th explore the range of artisan, handmade, natural Ardsallagh Goats’ Cheese made by the happy goats of the Murphy family over a glass or two of wine. On Wednesday September 5th meet Dutch native Stephen Bender and his wife Michele Cashman the couple behind Ballinrostig’s fine gouda-style goats’ cheeses, in their dairy and their permaculture-inspired homestead, with a trip to the pub afterwards.
Meet Jameson’s Head Cooper Ger Buckley and Blender Dave McCabe at the Cooperage Demonstration and indulge in an evening of exquisite food and culinary insight at Ballymaloe House later that evening.
On Thursday September 6th Ballyvolane House will be hosting Bertha's Revenge Gin Distillery tour & tasting followed by a long-table lunch in the dining terrace, enjoy a different perspective in the evening with a long table dinner by chef Kevin Aherne of Sage in partnership with food historian, food writer, broadcaster and cook, Regina Sexton
.Spend a Friday evening exploring the cocoa bean in the beautiful East Cork countryside in the company of the folks behind delectable artisan chocolates,Rostellan Chocolate on September 7th.
Go down to the woods on Saturday September 8th for an exploration of the fungi to be found with Mark Cribbin from award-winning mushroom specialists Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms. Learn about identifying and using sustainably harvested seaweed and then forage for some with marine biologist Frances Gallagher on Sunday September 9th then linger over Eats of East a leisurely Sunday lunch on the last day of the festival in SAGE created by Kevin Aherne and guest chef Takashi Miyazaki who has two much-lauded Japanese restaurants in Cork city.
The big day out at Feast Cork is on Saturday September 8th with the street market, farmers’ market and gardening workshops running all day from Midleton Community Garden and GIY, the not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to supporting people to grow some of their own food at home, school, work or in the community. With an East Cork restaurant tent packed withchef demos, and a Future of Food dialogue & lunch in SAGE, there’s plenty for people to get their teeth into, and town will be buzzing.