Record crowds turn out to Savour Festival

A record number of festival-goers braved the October weather at the weekend to attend events at this year’s Savour Kilkenny food festival.

A record number of festival-goers braved the October weather at the weekend to attend events at this year’s Savour Kilkenny food festival.

A record-breaking 7,800 food lovers visited the market on the parade on Saturday, and despite showers and a dip in temperature, another 6,000 turned up on Sunday. Meanwhile, over 2,500 people attended ticketed events over the five days.

John McKenna of the Bridgestone Guide said that Savour Kilkenny is clearly a festival by the people, for the people.

“It’s not dropped from the sky,” he said.

“It is run by volunteers who are passionate about food. It is easy to start a festival but not so easy to keep one going and the sixth year of this festival has been the best yet.

“Savour has really put Kilkenny on the food map, as has the development of a fantastic Food Trail. This is a real recipe for future success for Kilkenny.”

For more on Savour, see tomorrow’s Kilkenny People.