Guests gathered last night, Wednesday 15 August, for the launch of Feast Cork 2018’s activity-packed programme in the gorgeous surrounds of The Garden Room at Castlemartyr Resort.
Now in its 15th year, 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.
General Manager of Castlemartyr Resort Brendan Comerford opened proceedings by welcoming guests, then introduced Kevin Aherne of Sage in Midleton and festival Director one of the driving forces behind the festival, who discussed in detail what makes this such an exhilarating week-long celebration for food lovers of all ages.
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 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 2018 promises an up close and personal take from the people who make and produce some of the region’s most distinctive foods.
Beginning with the official opening on Sunday night, September 2nd, in the Jameson Heritage Centre, the week of Feast Cork 2018 has food-focused events daily, including interesting and intriguing long table dinners, leisurely Sunday lunches, distillery tours and fun food stories to explore. The festival’s big day out, the main event, is 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. That has 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 with chef 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.
With drinks on launch night in Castlemartyr Resort from festival sponsor Irish Distillers including Jameson with ginger ale and lime, and delicious canapés designed to give guests a flavour of the region, the overview of this year’s festival created a real sense of anticipation for all the exciting events, dinners, opportunities to engage with producers and makers and family-focused activities scheduled for Feast Cork 2018.
East Cork Journal are this year proud media sponsors for the Feast Cork Festival.
Feast Cork 2018 runs over seven days, from September 2nd-9th, with tickets for all events now on sale.
For the full programme see https://www.feastcork.ie/