A Taste of Ireland: Midleton Food Festival, launch & Mediaeval banquet at Jameson Distillery

Medieval Festival Jameson Centre Midleton Distillery (9/09/15)

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Last night saw the official launch of the Midleton Food Festival with a medieval banquet hosted by the festivals main sponsors, the Irish Distillers at the Iconic Jameson Whiskey distillery in Midleton

Guests were treated to many fine whiskeys and talks in the beautiful Jameson conference room by local tourism and funding bodies such as Ring of Cork and SEACAD, including a roll out of a new initiative offering an alternative to the Wild Atlantic Way called the Ancient East.

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After a tour of the distillery guests were treated to a fabulous medieval feast sponsored by Irish Distillers, local restaurants and suppliers.

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Menu

Starter: (Raymond’s restaurant Midleton). Jameson cured salmon, fennel & watercress, smoked beetroot with horseradish crème fraiche.

Main Course: By Jameson Experience (meat supplied by O’Farrell’s butchers Midleton, veg by The Village Green Grocer).

Medieval feast sharing board of rack of Lamb, organic chicken, wild boar sausages, corn on the cob, cherry tomatoes, beetroot, potatoes in a sack, fries,, grilled mushrooms, a selection of sauces.

Dessert: (Kevin Ahern Sage restaurant). The Black Barrel Midleton Brick using Wilkies of Midleton bean to bar organic chocolate mousse toasted mallow, pastry crisp with Jameson Black Barrel whiskey.

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The Jameson centre is a must see for any visitor to the East Cork area, with a fine architecture, distilling history and of course some of the world’s finest Whiskey. If a food event showcasing local producers, suppliers, restauranteurs, chefs and a Mediaeval theme is added to this solid foundation, then you have a really magical food experience to rival any other banqueting experience in Ireland.

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What I particularly liked was that it was an Irish banquet using products Ireland is famous for, whiskey, Lamb, Pork, Salmon etc. and the Midleton experience head chef and chefs are to be applauded for serving the gathered diners such a feast.

Any visitor to Ireland really needs to consider Midleton as a high priority on their list of must visit and stay places.

10/10 great event, food and drink.

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