Midleton Food Festival Video
I decided to introduce this video in front of what is Midleton’s latest tourist attraction, the Choctaw nation memorial sculpture. This is a memorial to a most surprising and generous contribution to Irish famine relief, by a group of Native American Indians called the Choctaw people. The Choctaw people gathered together in Oklahoma, on March 23, 1847 to collect funds for the starving Irish people. They raised $170 a significant sum if converted to today’s value, which is all the more surprising as just 16 years prior to this collection, the Choctaws were among one of the so-called “civilized tribes”, who were forced off their land by President Andrew Jackson (the son of Irish immigrants) and forced to complete a 500-mile trek to Oklahoma that would become known as the Trail of Tears. The Choctaws themselves felt an affinity with the Irish people because of this hardship and, on hearing of their suffering, they wished to contribute. They were both communities who had fallen foul of the conquests of others which had in turn led to loss of property, forced migration and exile, mass starvation, and cultural suppression (most notably language).
Midleton county Cork is a very special Irish town. I say this because when I arrived in Midleton 10 years ago it had the feel of a town in the south of France. This was mainly due to the wealth of fine restaurants and in my opinion one of Irelands best farmers markets and a great fresh fish shop. Southern French towns often have a winery, but Midleton has one of the world’s best loved Whiskey distilleries in Jameson. I have felt for a long time that Midleton is one of Ireland’s top foodie towns even before the accolade was created. Midleton has also many boutique shops that people come to from near and far to shop in and as it is only a short train journey from Cork city, Midleton is a must visit destination for foreign and local tourist alike. So when I was asked to make a video for the Midleton food festival 2015 I jumped at the chance to show what I saw in the town when I arrived.
The links below are links to blog posts I made at the time of the festival using some of my photographs.
1: Opening night at The Granary Midleton: https://atasteof-ireland.com/2015/09/05/a-taste-of-ireland-midleton-food-festival-opening-night-with-ballycotton-seafood-the-granary-food-store/
2: Sage Restaurant goes to sea: https://atasteof-ireland.com/2015/09/10/a-taste-of-ireland-sage-restauarnt-goes-to-sea-midleton-food-festival-fringe-event/
3: Mediaeval banquet at the Jameson centre Midleton https://atasteof-ireland.com/2015/09/10/a-taste-of-ireland-midleton-food-festival-launch-mediaeval-banquet-at-jameson-distillery/
The food festival traditionally takes over the whole main street however the festival has grown to incorporate fringe events organised by the local restaurants in the lead up to the main festival day. It happens in September so do mark this event in your calendar when coming to Cork in the autumn. https://www.facebook.com/midletonfoodfestival/?fref=ts
If your interest is the arts then Midleton caters to your needs with a newly established festival (organised by local artists for local artists) that is growing momentum,
The Midleton Mid May Arts Festival.
I also had the pleasure of recording the 2015 Mid May arts festival below. The fabulous music is provided by The Kiltha Tones
and The Carrigtwohill Gospel choir
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