Summer Féile 2018 Launch Event


The Old Butter Roads Food Trails is super excited to be organising the 2nd year of the Summer Féile and this year looks to be even better than last year. Festivities kick off on Saturday May 05 with the Blarney/Cork Féile which will also include the official launch of The Féile. 


The Old Butter Road Summer Féile is a month long festival that will be launched with an event at Church of the Resurrection, Blarney. The Féile will be officially launched  by renowned food writer Joe McNamee . The Old Butter Roads Food Trails Producers and Restauranteurs will also be in attendance.  There will be Storytelling with The Gab, Paddy O'Brien and much more. Free Event with Donations for the Church welcome. See You There. 

Location: Church Of the Resurrection Blarney Adm: Free


Special Guest Speaker Joe McNamee


Joe McNamee has been writing about food since the late 1990s and is a weekly Food Columnist/Food Feature Writer (and erstwhile Restaurant Reviewer) with the Irish Examiner and a Contributing Editor with John & Sally McKenna's Irish Food Guides. He also writes for other publications, is a Contributing Editor with Taste of Ireland and works as a consultant for small producers, food retailers and restaurateurs. He is the co-author of cookbook/memoir, Clifford & Son (Liberties Press).

Originally trained as a graphic designer, he made the switch to journalism in the late ‘90s, initially as a magazine editor before becoming a features writer with the Irish Examiner and eventually moving to the arts desk to become Deputy Arts Editor. At various lean periods in his life, he has worked as a chef with over eight years professional experience, including two years as head chef in Cork's legendary Quay Co-op Evening Restaurant. He is currently studying at Cork Institute of Technology for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Culinary Arts. He is a member of Slow Food Ireland and the NUJ and dearly loves to commit eating.

Joes runs a lively and entertaining blog  where he writes about all things food and Cork. Be sure to check out The Swashbuachaill


Paddy O'Brien - The Gab storytelling

The Gab is a community committed to the practice and preservation of the oral tradition of storytelling as well as the development of storytelling as a contemporary art.

The most important stuff to The Gab:

  • Respect for all storytellers and listeners
  • Storytelling cultural preservation and practice
  • Development of storytelling as a contemporary art
  • Building a diverse and inclusive storytelling community in and around Blarney and Cork

Our regular monthly event is called The Gab Mixtape, an entertaining evening of storytelling where storytellers perfect their storytelling skills in an informal, positive environment. Stories are interspersed with a little song and a little poetry but the spotlight is very much on the art of storytelling.

Paddy O'Brien will be Fear an Tí for the launch of the Old Butter Roads Summer Festival launch. Always entertaining and lively, be sure not to miss this. 

To learn more about The Gab be sure to like their page on facebook