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Darina Allen will be hosting a tribute to Myrtle Allen at this year's Samhain Festival. Ballymaloe Cookery School

Amazing Line-Up Announced For This Weekend's Samhain Festival In Kells

The festival takes place this Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd in County Meath.


Presented by Hinterland and Boyne Valley Flavours, Samhain - 5,000 Years Of Irish Food & Culture will take place in Kells, County Meath this weekend.

This Samhain festival, which is part of the Taste The Island initiative, will take place in Kells this Saturday, November 2nd, and Sunday, November 3rd. Featuring a stellar list of personalities, including Darina Allen, JP McMahon, John and Sally McKenna and many more, the festival will celebrate the themes of food and culture through a weekend of discussion, cooking, food, live podcasts and more. 

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Darina Allen. Photo by Harry Weir.
Darina Allen. Photo by Harry Weir.

Star-Studded Line-Up

As part of the festival, there are heaps of food events taking place throughout the weekend. Malawian chef Ellie Kisyombe is set to bring 'Our Table', a community-driven, non-profit project that highlights the need to end direct provision through conversation over food, to Kells for a special one-off lunch, while Samhain Supper, hosted by visiting chefs will take place on Saturday night.

To celebrate the weekend's literary theme, chef Brian McDermott will cook from his book 'Donegal Table, while Michael Kelly from GIY Ireland will lead a session to inspire families to grow their own produce. As well as these events, there are lots of literary-based discussions scheduled for the weekend, including a debate on 'The Irish Paradox – The Island that doesn’t eat Fish’, a 'Tribute To Myrtle Allen with Darina Allen and Regina Sexton, a 'Post-Brexit Food Landscape' debate and much more.

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Join us this Saturday 2nd November 5.30pm for CHEESE – The story of milk and farmhouse cheese. This promises to be a really special event with master Cheesemonger Kevin Sheridan of Sheridans Cheesemongers joining local cheese producer Michael Finegan of Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheese to talk about Irish Farmhouse cheeses and the realities of cheese making in Ireland today. This event includes tastings of raw milk farm butter, some premium Irish cheeses including of course Boyne Valley Blue & Bán. Tasting will be accompanied by a beer pairing from Boyne Brewhouse, with beer expert Sally-Anne Cooney. Tickets including tastings & beer pairing €20.00 Book here- https://www.hinterland.ie/p-258-cheese-the-story-of-milk-and-farmhouse-cheese.aspx #Samhain2019 #TastetheIsland #BoyneValleyFlavours #BVFoodSeries

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Speaking about the festival, Sinéad Hennessy of Fáilte Ireland told us how delighted she was to have it be part of the Taste The Island initiative.

“We are delighted to have ‘Samhain – 5,000 years of Irish Food’ included under Fáilte Ireland’s new ‘Taste the Island’ initiative, a 12-week celebration of Ireland’s food and drink taking place this September, October and November in conjunction with Tourism Northern Ireland and Tourism Ireland. Our research tells us that tourists are not always aware of our high-quality produce and the sustainability credentials around our food and drink before visiting - we are aiming to address this lack of awareness and highlight Ireland’s seasonal ingredients, adventurous tastes and bold experiences through ‘Taste the Island’."

Samhain - 5,000 Years Of Irish Food & Culture will take place in Kells, County Meath this Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd. Tickets are available here