Only a few days left until 10th Savour Kilkenny for the People

Only a few days left until 10th Savour Kilkenny for the People
Sean Keane

Savour Kilkenny, the South East’s premier Festival of Food, is the place to be this October bank holiday weekend.

To mark the 10th Anniversary the festival has the biggest and best schedule of events to date, with something for everyone in the packed itinerary. The festival is centred around the city’s Parade area beside Kilkenny Castle, but encompasses the entire city with events taking place at venues throughout the weekend. 30,000 people are expected to come and enjoy the culinary celebration.

Kilkenny is one of the country’s leading counties when it comes to food and the quality and standard of food producers, chefs and authors who continually come to Savour Kilkenny every year is testament to this.

Savour Kilkenny 2016 will mark a number of important festival firsts. Savour Kilkenny has teamed up with Gill Books to feature exclusive demonstrations by some of their most popular authors, including Rosanna Davison, Stuart O’Keeffe, Edward Hayden, Anne Neary, Domini Kemp, Patricia Daly, Susan Jane White and Darina Allen to name but a few! The festival is delighted in particular to welcome Darina Allen to the festival –this is the first time that she will captivate the crowds with a cooking demonstration alongside her brother and festival favourite Rory O’Connell (Sat 29th Oct at 1:30pm on the Food Stage).

Another standout first for the festival in 2016 is the Pop up Café and Bookshop at the Parade – the café will be manned by young people who overcame various challenges in their lives, and each of them has received hospitality training with Kilkenny LEADER Partnership, especially for Savour Kilkenny. The young group will be on hand throughout the four days serving customers delicious treats, while they mix and mingle with the Gill authors who are set to be hanging around the café and bookstore throughout the festival.

To celebrate Savour Kilkenny’s 10th Anniversary, the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland has created ‘The Table’, this exhibition is based around a competition which invites craftspeople to respond to the dining experience. A distinctive and completely new show, the pieces in ‘The Table’ are in a variety of media including wood, pottery, metal, glass, paper and much more. Work in the exhibition has been carefully selected for excellence in design and interpretation of the brief.

The itinerary for the four days at Savour Kilkenny is jam packed with something for everyone. Festival highlights will see Jason Byrne present ‘Comedy and Cocktails’ in The Set Theatre, Tuesday, October 25th; Global Kitchen – the best of world cuisine cooked in Kilkenny; and the very popular Craft Beer and Distillers Pavilion, likened to a mini ‘Oktoberfest’, with DJ and artisan street food.

The children’s programme this year has something for kids of all ages - with plays and shows of various kinds, special screenings of favourite food films at Kilkenny Castle, Film Making Workshops, Junior Masterchef 2016 and much more.

For the second year in a row the festival will have a focus on health, and will showcase demos from cookery and healthy living experts, Paula Mee (author ‘Present Your Middle Years’), Kilkenny’s own, Frances Walsh (blogger The Honest Project), and Rosanna Davison, (author Eat Yourself Beautiful’).

The number of exhibitors has also increased, and this year will see 100 exhibitors and another 120 at the Young Food Producers Event at MacDonagh Junction.

For the full festival programme visit