Culture, cookery and ceol to ring in Cork celebration

From crafts to cookery along with culture, craic, and ceol — that’s what the Ring of Cork has to offer.

A new festival to celebrate the ‘Ring’ will be held on Saturday week in Midleton.

Drawing from the region’s specialities, there will be five key festival rings — food, craft, family fun, adventure, and culture and heritage, along with all sorts of interactive activities, from tastings to bushcraft, pottery making to surfing, and learning about the history of the south and east Cork area.

Funded and organised by South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD), the project is also supported by South and East Cork Tourism.

The Ring of Cork includes the towns of Cobh, Midleton, Youghal, Carrigaline, and Ballincollig, and their surrounding areas.

“We wanted to create a truly unique event that would showcase the area which, as well as its beauty and people, has so much to offer tourists, whether they are from Ireland or international travellers,” said Ryan Howard of Secad.

“The artisan crafts and food producers and chefs from this area are world renowned. And our heritage embraces Cobh’s maritime history, including Titanic and the Lusitania, to the Jameson Experience at the Midleton Distillery, while there’s family entertainment from Fota Wildlife to Trabolgan and Leahy’s Open Farm.

“Collectively, they all provide so much variety to visitors coming to the area that we have to celebrate our region with this unique festival.”

Comprised of five themed areas, each with a unique, fun flavour, festival-goers and visitors on the day will be disappointed.

There will be live cookery demonstrations by renowned Cork chefs while artisan food producers and stalls from all over the south and east Cork area will showcase the finest delicacies and delights from the region.

Demonstrations on bushcraft and survival skills, as well as lessons and tips on outdoor adventures from kayaking and surfing to mountain climbing, will also be on offer in the adventure ring.

Tourism marketing manager with the Ring of Cork Billy Mulqueen said: “We are very excited about the festival and we have received fantastic support and interest.

“One of the key objectives is to make the event as interactive as possible, and with the plethora of food demonstrations and lessons available, we would encourage all foodie, craft, heritage, and culture vultures to sample the delights of he region.”

The Ring of Cork brand was launched last year by South and East Cork Tourism to attract more people to the area.

“The festival is particularly important as it encourages visitors to explore this Ring of Cork from wonderful sites of cultural importance, marine activities, scenic trips, festivals and family activities, to great food and fun.

“Attracting more visitors to the region, this year, is a priority,” said Mr Mulqueen.

*www.ringofcork.ie

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