OVER 40,000 are expected to arrive especially for the foodie celebration this October Bank Holiday weekend, October 25 to 29.
Savour, launched by Agriculture and Food Minister Michael Creed, has become one of the leading food festivals in the country.
This year’s line-up includes cookery demonstrations from some of the country’s best loved chefs and culinary events of every kind.
There will also be a two-day market on the Parade.
At the official launch in Parliament Street’s Rothe House, Minister Creed said he was delighted to announce details of a wonderful festival.
“In Ireland, and particularly in the South East, we have a profound heritage with food, and it’s something we must continue to invest in and celebrate.
“Savour Kilkenny presents the perfect opportunity to highlight the work being done by food producers all across the country, it provides a platform where their work is showcased and reminds us just how creative and talented the people working within this industry are.
“Savor is also a great attraction for tourists and it’s fantastic once again to see the medieval city put on a world-class festival for everyone to enjoy.”
Ger Mullally, the chairman of Savour Kilkenny said they were delighted to launch the Savour Programme and cannot wait for this year’s festival.
“We believe visitor numbers are going to be at an all-time high. We can attribute this increased interest in the festival to many factors, including, the stellar line up and packed itinerary of events, as well as continued support and participation from producers and businesses in Kilkenny.”
The Children’s Programme will once again take priority, with a variety of activities to suit all ages.
This includes everything from The Young Food Producers Market, to Treasure Hunts to Cooking Classes.
Itinerary for the five days is jam packed with something for all the family.
Festival highlights include cookery demos with The Happy Pear, Edward Hayden, Rosanna Davison, Derval O’Rourke, Rory O’Connell, David Gillick, Kevin Dundon, Domini and Peaches Kemp, Kevin Thornton, Finn Ní Fhaoláin, Eugene McSweeney and JP McMahon.
A festival first is the Savour your Wellness series which features cooking demos, engaging talks and well-being focused clinics.
Another is The Darkness into Light Bowls Exhibition. The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in association with Ceramics Ireland and Savour Kilkenny invited ceramicists from all over Ireland to donate a Darkness into Light bowl to be auctioned in aid of Pieta House.
Personalities here will include Darina Allen, Rory O’Connell, Frances Walsh from The Honest Project and hurlers, Jackie Tyrrell, and Paul Murphy.