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Local festival celebrates international flavour and cultural diversity through food

Local festival celebrates international flavour and cultural diversity through food

Hélène Aubazac participant in the ‘Macroom International Food Flavours Group’ with recipe leaflet

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.

In Macroom SECAD Partnership provides supports to individuals and groups through the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) including one to one advice on training, employment, and self-employment opportunities by appointment at the SECAD office, Macroom E, Bowl Rd., Macroom.

Download the recipe leaflet developed by the ‘Macroom International Food Flavours Group’ HERE.




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