Local festival celebrates international flavour and cultural diversity through food

Ballymaloe trained Chef, Shermin Thompson gives a live cookery demonstation "Fusion of the Worlds Best Food" at the SECAD set of events on Sunday as part of the ongoing festivities at the Macroom Food Festival who SECAD are one of the main sponsors. Picture: John Delea.

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.

Paddy (2), Carmel, Ryan (6), Seán (4) & Chloe (8) Macroom check out the hundreds of picture drawings at the SECAD poster competition.
Picture: John Delea.

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.  


Eoghan (7) & Ella Buckley (9), with cousin Lily (9) and Cathal Buckely (4), Macroom smile for a picture at the SECAD poster competition results.
Picture: John Delea.


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.

Chuffed To Bits – Clodagh McDonagh, 6th class at St Josephs Macroom proud of her 1st place win with buddies Meabh Kelleher (L) and Ruth Creed at the SECAD poster competition results on Sunday.
Picture: John Delea.


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.

Dad Mark, Leo (1), Mum Clare & Melanie Spillane (8) who took 1st place for her second class at Kilbarry NS at the SECAD poster competition results on Sunday.
Picture: John Delea.


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 info@secad.ie