Feast Cork 2018, the East Cork Food & Drink Festival, returns from September 2nd to 9th, again based in the market town of Midleton with its rich food heritage.
Bringing together a host of hardworking, innovative food producers from all over this landscape that is largely defined by food production and food heritage.
A delicious line-up of events is scheduled for the week, so 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 promises an up close and personal take from the people who make and produce some of the region’s most distinctive foods.
Here’s our pick of the best events during the festival:
Meet the cheesemakers – on Tuesday, September 4th explore the range of artisan, handmade, natural Ardsallagh Goats’ Cheese made by the happy goats of the Murphy family over a glass or two of wine.
On Thursday, September 6th, Ballyvolane House will be hosting Bertha’s Revenge Gin Distillery tour & tasting followed by a long-table lunch in the dining terrace.
Spend the day on Friday, 7th September, at Ballymaloe House with the FEAST Irish Distillers Cocktail Workshop followed by lunch. A unique workshop featuring head gardener Mags Coughlan and bar manager Traford Murphy in the Ballymaloe walled garden starting with foraging for seasonal cocktail ingredients and garnishes followed by learning tricks of the mixologist’s trade with Traford in a cocktail making and tasting workshop.
The big day out at Feast Cork is on Saturday September 8th, with 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.
For the full programme and details and prices of booking dinners and events, see Feast Cork site