Who can be ‘Best Dressed’ shop window of Festival 2016?

Best dressed window competition
Presenting the award for the Best Dressed Window during the annual Midleton Food and Drink Festival 2015 are Seamus Cunningham, Midleton Chamber, Barbara McGrath, Denby Jewellers, sponsor, 2nd prize winner Caroline Reeves, of Cali Women’s Boutique, 1st prize winner Orlaith Browne of High Society, Jane Murphy, Denby Jewellers and judge Rachel McCarthy of Ina McCarthy Flowers. 

Photo Joleen Cronin

With kind thanks to Barbara of Denbar Jewellers who once again is generously sponsoring our  ‘Best Dressed’ window competition. Shops and businesses of Midleton get your glad rags out and your thinking caps on and let’s get creative. There are first, second and third prizes on offer thanks to Denbar Jewellers. Keep the theme foodie to earn brownie points. Judging takes place on Friday and Saturday 9th/10th September.

Midleton Food and Drink Festival – 3rd to 10th Sept

Midleton Food and Drink Festival
Pictured at the launch are Kevin Aherne, Sage Restaurant, Chris Prinsloo, Jameson Experience, Cinzia Pettinato, Bitesize, and Stephen Lee, Raymond’s Restaurant. Pic: Diane Cusack

East Cork is home to some of the most well regarded food and drink producers in Ireland, and every year they come together to showcase the incredible offerings from the Region. The 2017 Midleton Food and Drink Festival will run from 3rd-1oth of September, with events happening daily in locations across East Cork. 

Whiskey talk and tasting – Jameson Makers Series

Whiskey talk and tastingWhiskey talk and tasting with Dave McCabe, the International Whiskey Ambassador and also, the Irish Whiskey Academy tutor at the Midleton Distillery. His day to day role involves teaching people, those within the industry and whiskey enthusiasts alike, about the production and heritage of Irish whiskey produced at Midleton. He also travels to various events and seminars around the world giving talks on Irish whiskey.

At this special Midleton Food and Drink Festival whiskey talk and tasting, David will talk about our new range of super-premium whiskeys – The Whiskey Makers Series. Perfect for business travellers to pick up on the go, the new series comprises three different whiskeys created by Jameson head craftsmen and named after their favourite piece of tools: The Distiller’s Safe, The Cooper’s Croze and The Blender’s Dog.

The Distiller’s Safe is a true showcase of the original copper pot still distillate. A purist of whiskey making, head distiller Brian Nation explores the influence of the copper on the new-make spirit, using a maturation process that skillfully preserves the qualities of the original distillate, allowing the flavours developed in the pot still to take centre stage. His tool of choice – a spirit safe – allows him to fine tune the whiskey’s style at any point during the distillation process and the resulting blended whiskey carries distinct sweetness from barley sugar and gentle notes of apricot, cinnamon and melon.

The Cooper’s Croze explores the influence that maturation in casks has on whiskey. Head cooper Ger Buckley prized possession – a croze – passed down through his family, is used to make the groove where the head of the cask is positioned. The resulting blended whiskey is matured in virgin American oak barrels, seasoned bourbon barrels and Iberian sherry casks, a combination that delivers vanilla sweetness, rich fruit flavours and a balance of floral and spice notes.

The Blender’s Dog is a tribute to the fine art of blending. Head blender Billy Leighton is tasked with uniting the crafts supplied by distiller and cooper to create harmonious, perfectly balanced whiskeys. His go-to instrument – a “dog” – is used to collect whiskey samples from the casks, allowing him to bring together complementary spirits from Midleton’s extensive range of maturing stock. The Blender’s Dog is a perfect balance of spirit, wood and time; a rich, rounded whiskey with butterscotch sweetness, spices, tannins and an exceptionally long finish.

Whiskey Talk and Tasting event details:

·         Time: 4.30pm, 10th September

·         Location: The Jameson Experience Midleton (Auditorium)

·         Includes a tasting of 3 super premium Jameson Whiskeys

·         Tickets: €10.00

·         Tickets available at reception (limited spaces)

·         Guests must be over 18 Years Old

Will we see you at our Festival Launch?


**Launch Sold Out**

Festival Launch

The Midleton Food and Drink Festival 2016 kicks off with our launch on Wed. 24th August 2016. Starting with a tour of the Jameson centre and a Jameson & Ginger to finish accompanied by small bites to tempt your palette. To follow a 4 course flavour of East Cork dinner with wine. Each course prepared by a different Midleton restaurant:

Jameson, Sage , Raymond’s & The Farmgate.
The great producers of our area are the showcase of this event .
Music by East Cork musicians will be played throughout the evening.

Proudly sponsored by Irish Distillers

Flavours from East Cork,

The Food and Drink Production Capital of Ireland

Wednesday 24th of August

at the Jameson Experience Midleton

Tour 6.30pm    Dinner: 7pm

Tickets €50 available from Tourist Office

All revenue from sale of tickets will be donated to the Midleton Food and Drink Festival