Festival fever this weekend

There is a feast of festivals on offer in County Kilkenny this weekend, from Savour Kilkenny and Rockfall to Thrillkenny Zombiefest and the Irish Conker Championships.

There is a feast of festivals on offer in County Kilkenny this weekend, from Savour Kilkenny and Rockfall to Thrillkenny Zombiefest and the Irish Conker Championships.

It all kicks off today (Wednesday) as the sixth annual Savour Kilkenny Food Festival starts to heat up. Over five days, the festival will bring delights such as a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, a Domestic Goddesses Bootcamp, celebrity chef demonstrations and the return of the tented food village on the Parade plaza. Twenty cafes, hotels and restaurants have also conjured up festive Savour menus for the festival whose theme this year is “Homegrown and Wholesome.”

The 24th annual Rockfall Festival then kicks off on Friday, as always in aid of Enable Ireland at The O’Neill Centre. Over 70 acts are on the bill for the festival whose highlights will include a Mayfair Ballroom Anniversary Dance, a Woodie Guthrie tribute, an all-ages gigs and local favourites such as TV Jones and the Tomahawks, The River Valley Band and the Uptown Band in venues across the city, finishing up with a Marathon Gig in Kyteler’s Inn on Monday.

Then, on Saturday and Sunday it’s time for the first ever Thrillkenny Zombiefest, which promises to do exactly what it says on the tin, with zombies of all shapes and sizes on the streets and in the pubs of Kilkenny on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday’s Irish Conker Championships in Freshford will round off the weekend, featuring not only conkers, but also a “fringe” programme with Art in the Annex, hip-hop, children’s pottery, a heritage loop walk, a “pig on a spit,” a historical talk, a cookery demonstration and more.