FOOD lovers can look forward to a feast fit for a king after plans for the third annual Long Table Dinner banquet were launched in Tipperary yesterday.
Members of the Tipperary Food Producers group gathered at the Rock of Cashel — known as the seat of the Kings of Munster — to prepare for the event taking place in four locations across the county during National Heritage Week.
Hungry diners can expect a regal welcome as they are transported back 1,500 years for the traditional Long Table Dinner. In keeping with custom, only fresh seasonal food from Tipperary food producers will be served.
The event is the brainchild of Pat Whelan, chairman of the Tipperary Food Producers group, who wanted to showcase the very best in local food.
“This is an opportunity to recognise and showcase all that Tipperary produces. I think everyone will be amazed at the fantastic meals that will be prepared,” he said.
“Tipperary is a county name that is renowned internationally and we are building on this heritage and prestige and bringing the finest of Tipperary produce to the fore.”
The custom-created menu will read like a journey around Tipperary, combining culinary delights from throughout the county.
The feast will also incorporate a futuristic element this year as Tipperary Institute will be working with the organisers by filming the Long Table Dinner at all four locations, fusing the most up-to-date technology with the indigenous food production industry to create the longest virtual table worldwide.
The banquet will take place on August 25 in four award-winning restaurants in Thurles, Cashel, Clogheen and Nenagh.
“This is very much a team effort and it is incredible to see what can happen when people work together,” Mr Whelan added.
*Tickets will be available from James Whelan Butchers in Clonmel on 052-6182477. www.tipperaryfoodproducers.com
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