Aurora Planells Bernat, An Talamh de Luibheanna; John Desmond, Michael Twomey Butchers and Chilla Petrovay, Castle Hotel Macroom at the launch of this year's Macroom Food Festival. Photo: Michael O'Sullivan/OSM PHOTO

Jam packed food festival for Macroom

Grab your knife and fork and bring your appetite as a cracker of a food festival is in store for Macroom next month. Macroom Food Festival 2019 will see the town come alive with food, drink, music and all sorts of fun entertainment for four jam packed days in September.

Now in its eighth year, the festival draws a crowd of 10,000 each year and is a favourite in the Cork foodie calendar.

This year’s festival will feature a mix of the old favourites with some new events such as the Comedy Capers event in the Castle Hotel on 19 September and a busking festival to accompany Saturday afternoon’s Taste Trail. On Friday 20 September, there will be a tour of Macroom Buffalo Farm, an insight into the cheese making process and a delicious tasting of their award winning cheeses.

That evening sees a Teatime Swing Dance take place too. Saturday morning is one for the kids when the main square will be transformed into the Clowning Around Kids Zone, with Conor the Clown, face painting, dancing, balloon magic and storytelling. On Saturday afternoon there’ll be orienteering for taste buds on the Taste Trail where participants follow balloons and bunting to taste their way around sixteen different venues in town.

This year, the trail will include a mindfulness station at the library, special dietary needs stations at a number of pharmacies and the always popular international flavours event. Sunday will see the square transformed into an outdoor food market, complete with wacky entertainment from Circus Outside the Box, live music from the Army Band of the Southern Command, face-painting and more.

Visit for the full line up of events.