Savour tours, trails and workshops

    Workshops with Brian O’Toole

    SAVOUR Kilkenny returns for its 12th festival of foodie fun for all the family.

    The festival that has fast become one of the leading food festivals in the country is in the heart of Kilkenny City over the Hallowe’en Bank Holiday Weekend, October 25 to 29.

    This year the programme is filled with more events and activities than ever before including tours, trails, and lots of workshops.

    Most events are free, but some workshops and special tours and trails are ticketed and booking/payment in advance is required. Please go to

    Beekeeping: Are you interested in keeping bees and having your own honey, but don’t know where to start?

    Join beekeeper Brian O’Toole from Leinster Honey on October 27, from 10am to 1pm at Kilkenny Design Centre for an introduction to the buzzing world of bees.

    Tickets are €25 per person, to be booked in advance.

    Trek and Treat: Explore the Kilkenny countryside on Bank Holiday Monday, 10am to 3pm with an experienced guide.

    Starting at the picturesque village of Inistioge and heading along the river to the Woodstock Waterfall and on to the beautiful grounds of Woodstock.

    Finish in the cosy Woodstock Arms for delightful cuisine Tickets. €30 must be booked in advance.

    Wooden Butter Knife: This workshop is an introduction to the art of whittling in which you will learn basic knife grips (skills) and techniques for carving wood.

    You will learn all the skills you need to whittle a knife from a block of wood and come away with your very own hand-carved knife.

    Participants will be taught the safe way to work with a very sharp knife and wood.

    No wood-working experience is necessary although participants should be reasonably comfortable with using sharp tools.

    All raw materials and tools are provided. The event is on October 29 at Kilkenny Design Centre.

    Tickets, €50 must be booked in advance.

    Wild Food Outing: Join Two-Star Michelin Chef Kevin Thornton for a Wild Food Outing in the Castle Park.

    Meet in the Main Marquee following Kevin’s demo for a leisurely walk where you will have the chance to interact and learn from Ireland’s most passionate chef as you identify and gather wild edible foods.

    The outing, limited to 15 people, is in the beautiful woodlands at the Castle Park.

    Date is October 28, 2.30pm. Tickets, €35 must be booked in advance.

    The Famine Bowl: Join Etaoin Holahan of Fennelly’s, visual artist Deirdre O’Mahony, and Callan Workhouse Union, for an insightful talk on the historic Famine Bowl, a gargantuan metal bowl which was once used to prepare Indian meal for consumption by poverty-stricken residents of Callan Workhouse. 

    The historic talk is free on October 29 from 2pm to 3pm.

    Keogh’s Bakery Tour: On October 29 at 1pm, you are invited to take a tour of prize-winning Keogh’s Model Bakery, Bridge Street, Callan, one of the oldest bakeries in the country.

    Established in 1838, Keogh’s operates today from the same premises where it began 180 years ago.

    The bakery has been passed down through generations of the Keogh family and is now under the stewardship of master baker Billy Keogh. 

    Taste Keogh’s signature bread down the road in Fennelly’s of Callan who use the rustic loaf every day, making Keogh’s loaves the ultimate zero carbon footprint bread.

    The tour is free but is limited to 20 spaces so advanced booking is required.

    Marian Flannery, Festival Director, said they were delighted to reveal some of the wonderful workshops, tours and trails planned as part of this year’s festival.

    “These events are wide and varied, but with a common theme. They each celebrate our heritage and our wonderful natural surroundings.

    “These events make Savour Kilkenny special and every year they are becoming even more popular.

    “It’s also wonderful to see that the festival provides a platform where such interesting events can take place.

    “Early booking soon is advisable as demand for these events is high.”

    Other events scheduled as part of the Tours, Trails and Workshops line-up include Savour Kilkenny by Bicycle, Organic Orchard Distillery Tour at Highbank Orchard, Introduction to Butchery at Croan Cottages and Wild Fire Forest Feast.

    For more information on any of these events or to book tickets please visit


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