'Savour Kilkenny 2017' is a festival of firsts! Already one of Ireland’s favourite food events, this promises an even bigger and better festival from 27th to 30thOctober.
Over 30,000 visitors are expected to enjoy Savour Kilkenny – Festival of Food 2017, for the four-day culinary celebration.
This is a festival of firsts this year with new explorations. The popular Neven Maguire shows how to ‘Cook Italian for friends and family’, younger fans will love the fusion of food meets science with ‘Foodoppi’, take time to explore the Medieval Food and Craft Village and enjoy a Highbank Orchards Gin Masterclass; chat with the inspirational Anna May McHugh or get out of town for a Mushroom Hunt at the School of Food, not forgetting taking a chance to hone your craft skills with a ‘make your own wooden spoon’ class. Simon Delaney will showcase recipes from his new cookbook, ‘Simply Simon’s Diner’ with River Cottage presenting ‘Smoking & Curing - from snout to tail’.
An addition to the programme at this year’s Festival showcases local produce at its very best when Taste Kilkenny Food Producers come together for a Pop-Up Culinary Showcase- ‘The Menu’ with five mouth-wateringly scrumptious signature meals. Along with the Street Feast Team, Artisan food producers will be on hand over the weekend to answer questions and chat about what makes good food great. Also new is the first Hero Buyer Award which will be presented by RTÉ’s Ear to the Ground Helen Carroll and TV Chef Stuart O’Keeffe tall to honour Restaurants, cafés and food retailers as the life blood of local food producers and their dedication to local food.
With over 100 events, mostly free, and 100 stallholders Savour Kilkenny features two chef demo areas, as well as The Global Kitchen, the largest Craft Brewers and Distillers Pavilion, and events at Kilkenny Castle, Rothe House and the new Medieval Mile Museum, with a finale in Thomastown on Monday, October 30th.