LOCAL WOMAN Marian Flannery has been appointed as the manager of this year’s Savour Kilkenny Food Festival which takes place in the historic city over the October Bank Holiday Weekend, October 28th-31st.
Marian, who is married with two children, said this week she was delighted to have been given the challenge of managing this year’s Savour Kilkenny Food Festival which is now one of the biggest events on the national food calendar.
“This year’s programme is going to be very exciting. Following last year’s success we will be using the Parade Plaza again for a tented food village with stalls where you can taste and buy the very best of food from Kilkenny producers, restaurants, hotels, cafes and chefs. “
Once again the majestic walls of Kilkenny Castle will form a spectacular backdrop for the 5th annual Savour Festival, which promises to be bigger and better this year with lots of mouth-watering events in store.
Flannery , who has a Masters in Executive Leadership, is a senior project with 23 years experience in developing, financing and marketing projects in both the public and private sectors.
Operating as an independent contractor since 1999 she has successfully managed lots of projects in the food arena including R&D, production and marketing. She also has vast experience in rural development and has worked in the tourism and heritage sectors.
Marian said the festival will kick off on Friday October 28 with a Food Camp, with food bloggers, food lovers, chefs, restaurateurs, producers and representatives from the food industry in Ireland and abroad gathering to discuss various issues affecting the industry. The central theme of the Food Camp will be “Defining Irish Food”.
As well as cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs, tastings, and the return of the highly popular Masterchef, a new addition this year will be a focus on healthy eating.
“This festival will give people a chance to savour Kilkenny’s heritage, culture and personality through its food with something for all the family. As well as Kilkenny there will be events in towns around the county,” she said.
Marian was born and reared in Kilkenny and one of a family of eight children. Her parents ran the well known Carmel Hotel on John Street which gained a reputation as one of the best hotels for ‘commercial travellers’ in the area. It was also a popular haunt for all the local rugby followers.
Ger Mullally, Chairperson of the Savour Kilkenny Festival, said the committee is looking forward to working with Marian in the weeks ahead.
He said despite the tough economic climate there has been a very positive response from sponsors and supporters of the festival so far to ensure this year’s event is a huge success. He highlighted the economic importance of our food industry and said the festival will market Kilkenny’s wonderful food culture and produce.
The Savour Kilkenny committee will again be offering stalls to local producers and food businesses at a nominal charge and hotels, restaurants, cafes, chefs and shops from the city and county can reserve their space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org