Cork's Long Table event is scrapped this year to be replaced by a new culinary tour

Cork's Long Table event is scrapped this year to be replaced by a new culinary tour
People having dinner in the evening sunshine last year at the Cork Midsummer festival long table event on the South Mall. Picture Dan Linehan

The annual Long Table dinner party held on South Mall will not be returning for 2019, organisers have said.

It will instead be replaced with a culinary tour called ‘Walk The Long Table’ where participants will visit various city restaurants enjoying an eight-course meal and drinks.

The long Table event has become a feature event of the Cork Midsummer Festival with South Mall closed to traffic to allow more than 400 guests share a single table and enjoy food from the city's top chefs.

However, organisers say the event will 'lie fallow' this season but would return with a bigger and better feast for the senses in 2020.

To satisfy the foodies this year, a three-hour culinary tour is being organised where participants will meet the faces of Jacobs on The Mall, Electric, Nash 19, The Farmgate Café, Crawford and Co, Ali’s Kitchen, The Imperial Hotel, Dockland; and learn about local produce they use in their dishes on a daily basis.

Participants will sample eight courses of the very best local produce, expertly paired with exquisite drinks.

“We celebrate the season daily in our restaurants and Walk the Long Table is such a fantastic opportunity for all of us to continue to work together in collaboration, showcasing the authenticity of the food in our region, and highlighting how important food tourism is to us” commented Claire Nash of Nash 19 “meanwhile we will continue to work behind the scenes for Cork’s Long Table Dinner 2020.” 

The two leading the Food Trails this year will be Chef Trisha Lewis of Jacob’s on the Mall and Ali Honour of Ali’s Kitchen on Paul Street.

Walk the Long Table will take place at twice daily, at 2.30pm and 3pm on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th, Friday 14th, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th, and Friday 21st June 2019 as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.

Tickets priced at €85 include eight courses plus drinks along the trail. Booking opens on May 2, following the official festival launch, via http://www.corkmidsummer.com.

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