Something for the weekend...

1. Magic Midleton
Midleton’s Food and Drink Festival continues this weekend as Rory and Rachel Allen give a lesson at the Fair Green today on how to cook Ballymaloe Classics. 

Kevin Aherne of Sage Restaurant will demonstrate how to cook a menu using produce from Midleton’s farmers market while dough master Declan Ryan of Arbutus Bread will also teach the art of breadmaking. 

2. Tasty Treats

This weekend local restaurants, cafés, delicatessens and pubs around Clonakilty will offer a Taste of West Cork menu option. 

A Clonakilty Theatre of Food takes place in O’Donovan’s Hotel from 11am until 5pm today with demos and talks including one from Con McLoughlin of Lettercollum Kitchen Project: How to eat everything you want and not get fat. There will be beer tastings, food markets and pizza-making classes. 

3 Love Match

Thousands of singletons are expected to descend on Ireland’s matchmaking capital, Lisdoonvarna, for the annual matchmaking festival.

This year the event runs for over five weeks until October 9, with a hen and stag party weekend this weekend and three festival dance weekends on September 17-19, 25-27 and October 1-3 and ‘The Outing’ LGBT weekend closing the festival on October 7- 9. 

4. Autumn Racing

Listowel’s Harvest Festival starts tomorrow and is the autumn highlight of the Irish racing calendar. The highlight on the track of the seven-day Listowel ‘Harvest’ Festival is Wednesday’s Guinness Kerry National, while Friday is Ladies Day, with top class prizes on offer. 

5. Culture Vultures

Friday is the evening when towns, villages and cities across Ireland will erupt with creativity as the annual cultural spectacular, Culture Night, return. 

Museums, galleries, cathedrals, studios, observatories, libraries, parks, government buildings and theatres will throw open their doors for free visits, tours, workshops, readings, performances and demonstrations for Culture Night.

Full programme of events on 


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