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How to enjoy the Cork Midsummer Festival at home this year

By Sarah Finnan

June 3, 2020 at 1:15pm

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The Long Table Picnic At Home hampers will allow locals to enjoy the festival from the comfort of their own homes. 

The Cork Midsummer Festival is this year introducing a new at-home aspect so locals can enjoy the festivities while still adhering to proper social distancing measures. In the process of putting the finishing touches to this year's plans, organisers have had to think on their feet and change things up so as to allow for the festival to still go ahead. Busy creating beautiful hampers packed full of local produce, it means that fans of the festival can still partake in the celebrations just from the comfort of their own homes.

One of the standout events of the Midsummer Festival, the Long Table event usually sees people join together at one table to share a meal prepared by the city's top local chefs. Last year's event was replaced with a culinary tour called Walk The Long Table while this year's event will take the form of a Long Table Picnic At Home.

Speaking of the move, Claire Nash - a founding member of the Long Table collective - said:

"We would hate the date to pass without marking it this year... So, we decided to do a picnic reflecting the tremendous season which we will be reopening with, foods bursting with flavour and anticipation.

We are all chomping at the bit to reopen, start cooking and looking after our customers again. We hope you'll join us for another glorious day in Cork."

If you want to mark the occasion and ensure it doesn't go by uncelebrated, you can do so by treating yourself to one of the delicious picnic boxes. Designed to feed two people, each one comes filled with a four-course meal which features seasonal produce harvested from the surrounding area - including fish, meats, cheeses, breads, berries, sweets, refreshing local beverages and even some local flowers too.

The contents of each basket will be cooked and prepared by chefs from The Imperial Hotel, Farmgate Caf, Ali's Kitchen, Dockland Restaurant and Nash19, all packed together with the help of Crawford & Co, Jacobs and Electric.

Taking place on June 21st, hampers will be available for collection between 12:30pm and 3:30pm from The Imperial Hotel. Tickets cost €150 and go on sale this Friday via the Cork Midsummer website which you can access here.

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