Local produce to provide backdrop of town’s weekend food festival

Consumers will get to taste the produce of some of West Cork’s leading food producers at the Macroom Food Festival, which kicks off today and continues until Monday.

Organisers say that months of preparation by local businesspeople, coupled with the skills of an energetic voluntary committee, have resulted in a line-up that will deliver heaps of tempting food and fun for serious foodies and families alike.

In addition to the expected food stalls, tasting stands and picnic gatherings, festival-goers will be treated to informative mini-seminars and demonstrations.

Organising committee member Caroline O’Connell, has been working behind the scenes to help prepare for this weekend’s festival.

She says it will be a true celebration of Irish food and local ingredients, presented with a genuine spirit of community enthusiasm.

“We’ve been really focused on co-ordinating a range of events that will appeal to a wide audience and encourage visitors to travel, not just from across Co Cork, but from all corners of Ireland,” she said.

“There’ll be everything from live music and craft stalls, to clowns and jugglers. Our line-up includes events as diverse as vegetable-growing demonstrations for those interested in self-sufficiency, to a fancy-dress competition for kids. Overall, we aim to create a superb atmosphere with buckets of art, culture and energy.”

Highlights include a busking competition tomorrow and the schools’ “cook-off” on Sunday in The Square, Macroom, from 2pm to 6pm. This will feature pupils from Bishop McEgan College, St Mary’s Secondary School, Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre and Coachford College. They’ll be battling it out in the final rounds of a live cookery contest.

“With some of the events featuring a competitive edge, we’re hoping that the ambiance will be both entertaining and exciting,” Ms O’Connell said.

For more, go to www.macroomfoodfestival.com

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