For the second year running SECAD Partnership was delighted to join forces with the dynamic Macroom Food Festival to deliver a family friendly cookery demonstration as part of a series ‘Local Food, International Flavour’ at the Castle Hotel on the final day of the festival, Sunday, 24th September.
In a town with an already rich food heritage and a growing international reputation for fine artisan foods, the cookery demonstration marked a culmination of the work of the ‘Macroom International Food Flavours Group’ a local group of like-minded people including Bangladeshi, Hungarian, French, Italian and Spanish members.
The group has been a central core of SECAD Partnership’s Food Fusion integration programme to celebrate diversity through a shared love of food. Specifically, the group welcomed people to develop 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 Food Fusion programme running in both Macroom and Midleton appeals to new communities, to serious foodies and to those curious about international cuisine. The programme provides an opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge existing in our communities and celebrates cultural diversity through food and welcomes additional people to join to learn about food from around the world meet new people and make new friends.
The winners of the SECAD Primary Schools poster competition in which ten local schools from Macroom and surrounding areas participated were also announced on Sunday 24th September.. 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 given below
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 and fourth class)
1st Charlie Magee, St Colman’s BNS, Macroom
2nd Gavin O’Riordan, Muinefliuch NS
3rd Emily Mehigan, St Joseph’s Primary School, Macroom
Senior category (fifth and sixth class)
1st Clodagh McDonagh, St Joseph’s Primary School, Macroom
2nd Daniel Murphy, Muinefliuch NS
3rd Rebecca Morgans, Rusheen NS
SECAD Partnership is a Local Development Company which provides supports to individuals and groups through the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP). These supports include one to one advice on training, employment, and self-employment opportunities by appointment at the SECAD office, Macroom E, Bowl Rd., Macroom.
For further information, please contact SECAD at 021 461 3432 or email@example.com