The 2011 Savour Kilkenny Food Festival gets underway proper from today before the big demos and food market take over from tomorrow right across the weekend. I’ve been busying myself looking after some of the online elements of this year’s festival (including a revamped SavourKilkenny.com) but come the weekend I’ll be on the ground throwing myself into anything and everything the festival has to offer.
Two events taking place today include the Feast Of Chefs (sold out) and the first of the weekend’s seminars, this one on Nutrition For Sport and a Healthy Lifestyle.
For the feast of chefs event, five chefs will cook five courses at Garrett Byrne’s Campagne where he is joined by Mark Gaffney (Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel), Will Fitzgerald (Springhill Hotel), Neil McEvoy (Pembroke Hotel) and Maria Raftery (Zuni Hotel) to create a mouth-watering feast using the best of Kilkenny ingredients. The evening is tied into the Rockfall Festival, also taking place in Kilkenny this weekend and so all proceeds from the night will go towards Enable Ireland / The O’Neill Centre in Kilkenny.
At the seminar later tonight (8pm at The Pembroke Hotel), Noreen Roche (sports dietician and advisor to Kilkenny hurling team), Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny hurling team) and Glanbia’s Claire McGartland will look at sports nutrition, dietary regimes in the world of sport and what sports people and athletes should be eating and drinking for optimum performance.
The seminar is what’s called a ‘wristband event’. Where tickets had to be bought for the food market and a number of other events last year, the bulk of them have been rolled into a festival wristband. You pay €10 for your wristband and you are covered for entry to any wristband event across the entire weekend (today through Monday). Wristbands are available to buy online on SavourKilkenny.com or from the box office at The Maltings, James Street (beside CBS Secondary School, 1 minute walk from Market Cross Shopping Centre on High Street).
The Parade Plaza is almost complete and ready to roll and while you won’t find me at either event above tonight, you will find me at Foodcamp tomorrow in the Newpark Hotel. If you haven’t registered for Foodcamp yet, you can do so at SavourKilkenny.com/foodcamp. There is a community lunch on tomorrow as well so if you are coming along to Foodcamp (free), consider bringing enough lunch for yourself and one other, it all gets shared out and lunchtime which makes for a great fun lunch experience.
The full Foodcamp Speaker Schedule is now available. If you spot me there, do say hello, I promise not to be too grouchy (unless I’m starving)!