Savour Kilkenny, one of the country's most popular food festivals, kicks off this October Bank holiday weekend.
This weekend looks like it will be jam-packed with food events all over the country, but the one we're most excited about is definitely Savour Kilkenny. The festival started way back in 2006 where it aimed to showcase the work of innovative local artisan producers. Now in its twelfth year, Savour has grown to include over 100 events and stallholders, with demonstrations by some of Ireland’s best known chefs.
Starting Thursday October 25th, visitors to the medieval city can enjoy a five-day programme filled with demos, talks, activities and entertainment. With chefs like Kevin Thornton, JP McMahon, the Happy Pear twins and Domini and Peaches Kemp rostered to appear, as well as a talk in aid of Pieta House by Rosanna Davidson, there will certainly be something to please everyone.
With such a variety of events taking place, it will be hard to visit them all, but we've rounded up our highlights for you to add to your itinerary for the weekend.
A Tribute to the O'Connells of Cullohill and Their Contribution to the Irish Food Industry
Saturday 27th October 1.30pm. Hosted by Edward Hayden at Marble Kitchen
You certainly know the O'Connell family from Cullohill, even if their name does not ring a bell. An intrinsic part of the renaissance of Irish food, the O'Connells are a large family from county Laois who ran the first true Irish gastropub. Rory O'Connell, Darina Allen and their siblings will talk to Edward Hayden about their mother's legacy, how it has shaped the O'Connell food legacy and the future of Irish food.
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A Tribute to the O'Connells and their contribution to the Irish food industry We don’t hear enough about the O’Connells of Cullohill, yet numerous members of this close-knit large family have been central in the development of the Irish food scene over the past decades. Savour Kilkenny wishes to acknowledge the marvellous contribution that our neighbours from Co. Laois have made to the ‘renaissance’ of real Irish food, by hosting this very special event for Savour 2018. 🏠 Marble Kitchen , The Parade 📆 Saturday 27th October ⏰1.30pm 🎟FREE Host Edward Hayden Info here 👉 http://bit.ly/2MNJ2pR #savourkilkenny #kilkenny #foodfestival
Finn's Fit Food by Finn Ní Fhaoláin
Saturday 27th October 12.30pm at the Savour Health Hub
Finn Ní Fhaoláin, author of the fab gluten free cookbook Finn's World, is set to appear at the Savour Health Hub by KBC this Saturday. Finn's book is all about eating healthy and tasty food that just so happens to be gluten free. This talk will see her continue to help educate the masses about how gluten free living can also be perfect fuel for living a healthy lifestyle.
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FINS FIT FOOD Finn Ní Fhaoláin is one of the Irish food scenes’ latest sensations – a private chef, marine scientist and food writer – her bestselling cookbook Finn’s World has enjoyed success for its no-nonsense approach to a gluten-free lifestyle and healthy eating. Join Finn to discover all about tasty recipes for coeliacs and more! 🏠 Savour Health Hub, KBC 📆Saturday 27th October ⏰ 12.30pm 🎟 FREE TO BOOK: NO BOOKING NECESSARY BUT ARRIVE EARLY! Kindly sponsored by @kbcbankireland #savourkilkenny #kilkenny #foodfestival #ireland #kbckilkenny @saltwaterstories.me
Laura and Rory Gannon from Cakeface
Saturday 27th October 4.30pm at the Global Kitchen
Laura and Rory Gannon are the the married couple behind Cakeface patisserie, which specialises in exquisite French pastries. Having met at Ballymaloe Cookery School, the pair headed off to Paris to hone their craft before opening Cakeface in August 2017. This Saturday, join the couple as they demonstrate some of the techniques that have made their patisserie so popular.
Food On The Edge with JP McMahon
Sunday 28th October at the Marble Kitchen
Don't worry if you missed Food On The Edge this year, JP McMahon will be at Savour this week to give you the lowdown on the event. JP will also discuss his vision for the future of food on both a global and local level at this talk, as well as challenging the audience to reflect on their connection to food.
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FOOD ON THE EDGE JP McMahon: chef, restaurateur, author and culinary director of the EatGalway Restaurant Group, which comprises of Michelin-starred Aniar Restaurant, award-winning Spanish restaurant Cava Bodega, and Tartare Café & Wine Bar. JP is committed to the educational and ethical aspects of food, to buying and supporting the best of local and free-range produce, and engaging directly with farmers and producers. Join JP McMahon on the Main Stage for a talk on the vision for the future of food and how we can make things better on both a local and a global level. 🏠 Marble Kitchen, The Parade. 📆 Sunday 28th October. ⏰ 3.30pm. 🎟 FREE. NO BOOKING NECESSARY BUT ARRIVE EARLY! #savourkilkenny #kilkenny #foodfestival #ireland @mistereatgalway @foodontheedge
There are countless other events taking place over the course of the festival, including Savour Kilkenny by Bicycle, a G and Tea Afternoon Tea and an Organic Orchard Distillery Taste Tour. There will be entertainment for the little ones too, with Pumpkin Patch Pottery, Yoga Storytelling for Kids and BBQs in the woods on offer.
There will also be a two-day market taking place on Saturday and Sunday, featuring 100 stalls showcasing artisan food from all over the country. The market, which will be located on the city centre's Parade, will serve as the festival's focal point, so be sure to visit and soak up the atmosphere.
Savour Kilkenny takes place this week from Thursday 25th until Monday 29th October. More information on the festival can be found here.