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Showers and high winds did not dampen the spirits of foodies this bank holiday weekend as more than 50,000 people took to the medieval streets of Kilkenny to sip and taste their way through the flavor market.

The Savor Kilkenny Food Festival took place across Kilkenny from October 28-31 with an eclectic mix of well-known Irish chefs, innovative food artisans, world-class street food and artisan cuisine, and experiences cultural inspired cuisine showcasing the best of Kilkenny and Irish produce, chefs and culinary innovation.

At Savor 2022 there was something for the whole family – even the dogs with a new Madra Monday event featuring a dog show and dog-friendly activities.

Festival director Marian Flannery said: “We were delighted to return to the streets, restaurants and cafes of Kilkenny for our 16th year of the festival and celebrate our local producers and restaurants. Tens of thousands of people have come to our market and demonstrations, and many more have taken part in culinary events organized by our amazing partners in the city and county of Kilkenny. I would like to thank everyone for coming despite the adverse weather conditions and for supporting this dynamic and crucial sector.

Located in the heart of Kilkenny with the castle as a backdrop, the iconic Market and Craft Brewers and Distillers marquee was at the center of the festival where over 80 artisan producers and street food stalls offered mouth-watering cuisine and refreshments from around the world. entire.

Festival-goers were entertained throughout the day by stilt-walkers Diva Dee and Monsieur Gusto, who braved the blustery weather for the festivities, Fruity ‘n’ Dishy jugglers and spinners, and Latvian dancers from Karbunklis who performed great dance routines at the castle gates.

Savor Kilkenny committee chairman Ger Mullally said:

“Kilkenny is a popular place to visit at any time, and we particularly saw that this Savor weekend 55,000 people visited the market over two days.

“We are delighted with the response to the festival and would like to thank the local authorities in Kilkenny, the county’s food and drink businesses and all the volunteers who have helped keep the Savor magic alive!”

On the main Savor stage, the free demonstrations were more popular than ever where festival favorites and pioneers of Irish cuisine Rory O’Connell, Kevin Dundon and Derry Clarke brought together crowds eager to find culinary inspiration and discover some tricks of the trade. Relish newcomers Daniel Lambert, Kwanghi Chan and Gráinne Mullins who brought in a new generation of budding chefs, and local stars Edward Hayden and Anne Neary entertained audiences with their explosive mix of culinary prowess and mischief.

Dining highlights included a Michelin dining experience at the Mount Juliet Estate where guests enjoyed an exquisite tasting menu of Lady Helen Restaurant’s most iconic dishes prepared by Chef John Kelly; an evening of tapas, cocktails and salsa with host Brian Redmond of Dancing with the Stars as he encouraged diners to try some basic salsa moves in the ambient setting of the Hibernian Hotel Brasserie; and a special farm-to-fork gourmet event using the finest local and sustainable ingredients at Statham’s Restaurant, showcasing local producers “Taste Kilkenny” through a menu curated by Executive Chef Ken Harker and his team, and featuring featured artisan producers MADE in Kilkenny in a table setting curated by textile designer Zoë Carol.

As the debate continues to rage on the challenges facing our environment and economy, the focus was on building a sustainable future for the food industry and weekend discussions in the Sustainable Hub of the festival explored ideas on these crucial questions.

Savor Kilkenny Food Festival has been kindly supported by local partners and sponsors.