57,000 attended Savour Kilkenny Food Festival 2023 over weekend

Pictured at the festival is Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School

Cookery demonstrations, sell-out events and workshops enjoyed by thousands across four-day event



31 October 2023

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Celebrating the diversity of Irish food, Kilkenny delighted the crowds this weekend with an estimated 57,000 people attending the 15th annual Savour Kilkenny Food Festival 2023.

Taking place across numerous different Kilkenny venues as well as food markets on the parade, families and food enthusiasts enjoyed a wide range of cookery demonstrations, sell-out events and workshops.

Savour Kilkenny offered a star-studded line-up that welcomed visitors from near and far. Taking to the stage over the four day festival included iconic Ballymaloe chefs, Darina Allen, Rachel Allen and Rory O’Connell, renowned culinary experts Kevin Dundon, Jess Murphy, Arun Kapil, Edward Hayden and Anne Neary as well as lifestyle experts Derval O’Rourke and Nathalie Lennon.

“I was delighted to be asked to take part in Savour Kilkenny this year. What an atmosphere across the weekend!” said chef Kevin Dundon. “Kilkenny has always been welcoming to me and the joy of sharing food tips and ideas with fellow food lovers at Savour is truly unparalleled.”

The weekend also ensured a memorable experience for the entire family. The festival provided Halloween-themed activities that catered to children, including a teddy bear’s picnic, a Young Food Producers’ Market and a fun-filled Hallowe’en cooking class. Additionally, the much-anticipated Madra Monday was hosted by singer Jake Carter, bringing joy and excitement to all attendees and their pets.

“Our team is thrilled with the overwhelming success and positive response we have received for Savour Kilkenny Food Festival 2023,” said Savour Food Festival manager, Marian Flannery.

“We believe in celebrating the diversity and richness of Irish cuisine, and this year’s festival has truly exemplified that. We are grateful to all the talented chefs, food producers, local businesses, sponsors, volunteers and, most importantly, the food enthusiasts who made this event a huge success. We’re looking forward to what 2024 has in store.”



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