The Savour Kilkenny Food Festival committee is delighted to confirm that the 6th annual Savour Kilkenny Food Festival takes place in the City from October 25th to 29th 2012.
Food lovers will be invited to taste “50 Shades of Flavour at Savour” at the festival, which will feature a saucy line-up of food experts, chefs, cooks and artisan producers! The theme is “Homegrown and Wholesome”.
The programme for this year’s event – which has established itself as one of Irelands top gourmet weekends – is the best and most ambitious to date with lots of new elements including Kilkenny Food Heroes, a Tasty Tweet-Up, a Nutritional Seminar, Foodcamp and Savour Buds focussing on young producers.
According to festival director, Marian Flannery, application forms are available online from SavourKilkenny.com (Note – these should be live in the next few days) for food producers wishing to take part in the Food Village on the parade plaza. Hotels, restaurants and eateries around the city are also asked to contact Marian to discuss possible event in their businesses.
“We are very excited about this year’s festival and believe it will be best to date. We have a lot of new features this year which will go down a treat with food lovers.”
Some of Ireland’s top cooks will join local celebrity chefs Anne Neary and Ed Hayden for live cookery demonstrations, including Rozanne Stevens, food contributor to the Pat Kenny Radio Show and food writer with the Irish Independent and author of cookbook Delish. More chefs who will work under the direction of Anne and Ed will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
RTE’s John Murray is confirmed as MC for the “Yummy Mummy Cook-off”, guaranteed to get some laughs as well produce some interesting dishes!
Once again the Parade in front of Kilkenny Castle will be transformed into an enormous, buzzing food village with up to 100 artisan food producers offering free tastings and showcasing delicious food.
Local restaurants will be putting on special events, with a return of the popular Sensory Dining Experience in the Club House Hotel where guests eat blindfold and let their taste buds act as their eyes! The Pembroke Hotel in Patrick Street is featuring Back to Food all weekend with a dinner based around foraging of foods designed to awaken people’s sense of nature. Other restaurants, including the Kilkenny Design Restaurant, will be announcing special events soon.
Other highlights this year include:
- Kilkenny Food Heroes – Award-winning Kilkenny food producers including Goatsbridge Trout and Knockdrinna Cheese will take reveal the secrets of their success.
- A Tasty Tweet-Up – Get to meet, greet, tweet and eat with tweeters, food bloggers and food lovers at Ireland’s first National Food Tweet-Up in the special Tweeting Tent on The Parade. With special guests.
- Final of Kilkenny’s Young Foodie of the Year – organised by Kilkenny’s LEADER Partnership
- An exciting Food Art competition through secondary schools
- Nutrition Seminar: “Food for Growth – How to ensure our kids are getting the right nutrition!” With a focus on nutrition for children and young people, and how to get the best from all foods
On a personal note, I can’t wait for the festival this year. I’ve been delighted to have been involved in some small way the past two years and I’m just as delighted to be involved again this year. Roll on October – time to get the training in.