One of Ireland’s largest and most popular food festivals, Savour Kilkenny, is celebrating its 13th year this October bank holiday weekend.
Showcasing local food, culture and produce, Savour Kilkenny will welcome a host of the most innovative celebrities and opinion makers in the world of food, to the medieval city in Ireland’s Ancient East.
International visitors for this year’s festival include best-selling Australian author and national TV star, Kim McCosker who will bring her 4 Ingredients thinking to the Savour Stage. Other familiar faces on the Savour Stage include Edward Hayden and Anne Neary alongside other homegrown Irish stars Paul Flynn, Clodagh McKenna, Catherine Fulvio, Rory O’ Connell, Darren Kennedy and Mount Juliet’s Ken Harker and John Kelly.
As well as the Savour Stage, there are some great events taking place across the city including a food and fitness bootcamp with Kathryn Thomas in Kilkenny Castle. On the KBC Bank Wellness Stage, with host nutritionist Aveen Bannon, visitors can expect healthy cooking demonstrations and informative talks and workshops with top experts, discussing a range of topics from early childhood to old age.
Other festival highlights include the bustling food market with over 100 delicious stalls, an Australian Beach BBQ with Kim McCosker of 4 Ingredients, a Vegan Night with Roz Purcell at Harper’s Restaurant, a Medieval Banquet at the Medieval Mile Museum, the Culinary Ability Awards Gala Dinner at The Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel and an afternoon of top tips, advice and tastings for Entertaining at Home in Hunter’s Yard Mount Juliet.
Looking forward to this year’s festival, Marian Flannery, Festival Director, Savour Kilkenny said:
“We’ve put together a jam-packed programme for the 13th Savour Kilkenny festival with something for people of all ages to enjoy. Kilkenny is at the forefront of an exciting time on the food scene in Ireland and we’re delighted that the festival shines a light on local businesses who are doing great things with local produce. As well as cookery demonstrations, workshops, expert talks and advice, visitors can expect special food events in local hotels, restaurants and eateries as well as a great selection of food and drinks stalls on The Parade. Each year, the event draws thousands of visitors to Kilkenny and Ireland’s Ancient East and tickets are already selling fast for 2019, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.”
The festival programme has plenty for families including Déise Medieval – A Living History, Fanzini Productions, Bunting Fairy and Screen-printing workshops, The Cool Food School, a Young Food Producers Market, an Agri-Aware Animal Farm and much more.
Other not-to-be-missed events include an Organic Wines Talk and Tasting with Owen Murphy from Wines Direct, Brian O’Toole’s Introduction to Beekeeping, Tom Coleman’s Overcoming Sleeping Problems and a workshop on essential oils with Sharon Hearne Smith.
This year will also see the introduction of the new Food Provenance award in partnership with Kilkenny LEO and KCLR where local eateries will be recognised for the focus they place on local and regional producers and seasonal cooking.
Don’t miss this annual festival which celebrates the very best of Kilkenny’s vibrant food culture with a core commitment to supporting local growers, producers and local cafes and restaurants. Savour Kilkenny Food Festival, 24th to 28th October 2019.