Taste fifty shades of flavour at the Savour Festival

The sixth annual Savour Kilkenny Food Festival will take place in the city from October 25-29 this year.

The sixth annual Savour Kilkenny Food Festival will take place in the city from October 25-29 this year.

Food lovers will be invited to taste ‘Fifty 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 Ireland’s 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 and Savour Buds focusing on young producers.

Application forms are available online from www.savourkilkenny.com for food producers wishing to take part in the Food Village on the Parade. Hotels, restaurants and eateries around the city are also asked to contact festival director Marian Flanney to discuss possible event in their businesses.

“We are very excited about this years festival and believe it will be best to date,” said Ms Flanney.

“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. Other 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 a 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 and local businesses, including the Kilkenny Design Restaurant, will be announcing special events soon.