Local festival with international flavour
For the second year running SECAD Partnership joined forces with the dynamic Macroom Food Festival to deliver a family friendly cookery demonstration as part of the series 'Local Food, International Flavour' at the Castle Hotel on Sunday, the final day of the festival.
In a town with an already rich food heritage and a growing international reputation for fine artisan foods, the cookery demonstration marked the culmination of the work of the 'Macroom International Food Flavours Group', a local group of like-minded people which includes Bangladeshi, Hungarian, French, Italian and Spanish members.
The group has been at the core of SECAD Partnership's Food Fusion integration programme to celebrate diversity through a shared love of food. Specifically, the group welcomes people in developing recipes together to provide a flavour of the cultural diversity of Macroom and the surrounding areas. Under the guidance of Ballymaloe-trained chef Shermin Thompson, the international group launched a short recipe leaflet to share at the event.
SECAD Partnership's Food Fusion Integration Programme is supported by the Communities Integration Fund and the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme. The free programme runs in both Macroom and Midleton and appeals to new communities, to serious foodies and to those curious about international cuisine.
Meanwhile, the winners of the SECAD Primary Schools poster competition in which 10 local schools from Macroom and surrounding areas participated were also announced on Sunday as part of the festival. The theme was 'Food from around the World' and a great amount of creativity was on display at the exhibition at the Castle Hotel on Sunday. Results are as follows:
Junior Category (junior infants, senior infants & first class):
1st Melanie Spillane, Kilbarry NS, 2nd Caoimhe Ni Dhuinin, Scoil Fhionnbarra, Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh, 3rd Sarah Healy, St Joseph's Primary School, Macroom.
Intermediate category (second, third & fourth class):
1st Charlie Magee, St Colman's BNS, Macroom, 2nd Gavin O'Riordan, Muinefliuch NS, 3rd Emily Mehigan, St Joseph's PS, Macroom.
Senior category (fifth & sixth Class):
1st Clodagh McDonagh, St Joseph's Primary School, Macroom, 2nd Daniel Murphy, Muinefliuch NS, 3rd Rebecca Morgans, Rusheen NS.