A feast of fun in store at the 2019 Macroom Food Fest
Macroom Food Festival 2019 has just announced this year's well-rounded line-up and it is looking like another cracker of a weekend.
Kicking off with Comedy Capers at the Castle Hotel on Thursday September 19, the festival will see the town of Macroom come alive with food, drink, music and all sorts of fun entertainment for four jam packed days in September.
This year's festival will feature a mix of the old favourites with some new events such as the Comedy Capers event and a Busking Festival to accompany Saturday afternoon's Taste Trail.
On Friday there will be a tour of Macroom Buffalo Farm, an insight into the cheese making process and a delicious tasting of their award winning cheeses.
Meanwhile, back in town, C103 will broadcast live from The Castle Hotel, featuring lots of local producers, on-air tastings, interviews and music.
Later that evening, we'll be dressing up for a stylish, foot-tapping Teatime Swing Dance spectacular, complete with tea, coffee, light bites and sweet treats at The Castle Hotel.
Saturday morning is one for the kids: the main square will be transformed into the Clowning Around Kids Zone, with Conor the Clown, facepainting, dancing, balloon magic and storytelling.
On Saturday afternoon there'll be orienteering for taste buds on the Taste Trail - participants follow balloons and bunting to taste their way around sixteen different venues in town. This year, the trail will include a mindfulness station at the Library, special dietary needs stations at a number of pharmacies, the always popular International Flavours and some more surprises, along with the usual favourite tasters.
Macroom Food Festival is also now accepting entries from musicians for their chance to play at a number of Busking Stations around Macroom on the afternoon of Saturday September 21 and will be holding an open voting competition on Facebook over the coming month.
The first prize winner will also get to open for Hot Guitars later that evening at the Saturday Night Session on the Square. Musicians should send their demo videos now to email@example.com.
As always, Sunday will see the square transformed into a massive outdoor food market, complete with wacky entertainment from Circus Outside the Box, live music from the Army Band of the Southern Command, face-painting and lots more.
Students will get competitive at the Danone Nutricia Annual Schools Cook-Off and as always, there will be plenty to eat and drink all round - from local organic meats to vegetarian and vegan delights, baked treats, seasonal produce, artisan ice cream and everything in between, from Macroom, Cork, Munster and beyond.
The festival draws a crowd of 10, 000 each year and is a favourite in the Cork foodie calendar.
See www.macroomfoodfestival.com for full line up of all the events.