Roll Call & Awards

This celebration brings together our Local Food Producer Heroes – the people who have put Kilkenny on the map as a food producing city of the highest calibre. Hear their stories, learn the secrets of their success and sample some of their delicious produce, with RTE Radio One’s John Murray as host.This year, for the first time, Savour Kilkenny want to applaud our Local Food Heroes by honouring and recognising their achievements and innovation by crowning one of them Savour Kilkenny’s Food Producer of the Year. Our esteemed judges will determine which Local Food Hero should be named Savour Kilkenny Food Producer of the Year and be presented with a specially commissioned piece of pottery by Mark Campden, Bridge Pottery.Come along and join in this wonderful celebration of Kilkenny’s finest home produced food.


Mary McEvoy – A Slice of Heaven

A Slice of Heaven creates celestial treats from wedding and occasion cakes to cupcakes and chocolate treats. Mary, former pastry chef at L’Ecrivan Restaurant and a highly qualified cake decorator, uses natural ingredients , sourced locally where possible. A Slice of Heaven won Best New Producer for 2009 and Best in Ireland 2010 by the Bridgestone Guide. The flourishing patisserie recently opened a shop front on High Street Kilkenny.
Ballygown, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny –

Mag Kirwan – Goatsbridge Trout Farm

Based near Thomastown, the Goatsbridge Trout Farm was established in 1961 and since then has demonstrated itself to be an exceptionally successful producer, winning awards such as the Good Food Ireland Highly Commended Food Producer of the Year presented by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, JFC innovation award for being the first in Europe to completely remove bones from rainbow trout fillets below 200 gm. and The South East Female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010. Priding itself on its “farm to fork” philosophy, the Goatsbridge Trout Farm not only supplies truly local products to customers, restaurants and wholesalers but provides innovation and hope throughout Kilkenny and Ireland in such a time of economic struggle by being fearless to pushing boundaries and launching Ireland’s first caviar in March 2012, a product which has been gaining momentum and much acclaim at home and abroad.
Goatsbridge Trout Farm, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny –

Julie Calder-Potts – Highbank Organic Farm

Originally a 17th century farmyard the Calder-Potts family built the farmhouse in the 19th century and the first apple orchards in 1969. The Kilkenny soil, rich in limestone, is idyllically suited to producing delicious apples. This soil accompanied with the Calder-Potts artisan touch ensures no chemicals are used, delivering to us with 100 per cent organic produce. Julie Calder-Potts brings us more than delicious apples, she brings ingenuity with the development of Ireland’s answer to maple syrup; Highbank’s Orchard Syrup. The Highbank Organic Farm provides vision and quality as artisan producers having won many awards to attest this such as Environmental and Food Innovation Awards.
Highbank Orchards, Farmley, Cuffesgrange, Co Kilkenny, Ireland –

Kitty Colchester – Happy Heart Oil Kitty is an inspirational figure for organic and rural businesses for producing the county’s first truly Irish and organic culinary oil. Kitty’s Happy Heart Rapeseed Oil is grown on her parent’s farm, Drumeen Farm, established in 1976 making it one of the oldest existing organic farms in Ireland. Kitty has shown, by avoiding the use of any synthetic chemicals, it is possible to produce an indigenous alternative to imported olive oil that is kind to your body and to the environment. The Happy Heart Rapeseed Oil has won many awards since its debut in 2009, including the Bridgestone and Euro-Toque honours for taste and the Bord Bia gong for most sustainable product.
Drumeen Farm, The Islands, Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny –

Billy Keogh – Keogh’s Model Bakery

Keogh’s Model Bakery pride themselves on their old fashioned baking style, using old-style stone ovens rarely seen in other bakeries in Ireland today. Started by William Keogh in 1838, a great grandparent of today’s owners Billy, Claire and Kevin Snr, Keoghs is one of the oldest bakeries in the country. Every product, whether it is a wedding cake or sliced pan, is produced using tried and tested recipes, passed on through the generations.
Keoghs Model Bakery, Lower Bridge Street, Callan, Co. Kilkenny –

Helen Finnegan – Knockdrinna Cheese

Helen Finnegan has come a long way since experimenting with some neighbour’s milk in her kitchen, to being one of the finest quality artisan cheese makers in the country. Knockdrinna Cheese is based in Stoneyford and since 2004 Helen has mastered her techniques. Helen has been actively working to propel her cheese making by producing different cheeses between 2007 and 2011, as well as new and diverse projects such as whey fed pigs and other farm products. Knockdrinna not only provides fine produce but a great day by taking a visit out to their pet farm and their farm shop where you can find their products. Helen has won an Irish Food Writers’ Guild Award and Knockdrinna Cheese has numerous awards under its belt such as British Cheese Awards and Farmhouse Cheesemaker of the Year awards
Knockdrinna Farm House Cheese, Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland –

Mary Walsh – Kilkenny Free Range Poultry

RRearing a small number of free range chickens, ducks and geese began as a hobby for Mary, little did she realise what an established small business would become of it. In the towns’ land of Shellumsrath, Kilkenny Free Range Poultry can be found and this is where Mary manages the chicks and goslings from day one up and all the way to the end customer. She has built the business around a strong ethos of quality, “quality for the consumer as well as quality for the lives of the birds”. The feed for the birds is sourced locally and of the highest quality components of which are derived from natural products with no added antibiotics or chemicals. Kilkenny Free Range has featured on RTE Radio One with Damien O’ Reilly, The Sunday Business Post tried and tasted by Gillian Nelis and the Irish Food Guide Blog.
Shellumsrath Goose, Callan Road, Co Kilkenny –

Olivia Goodwillie- Lavistown Sausages

Lavistown House celebrated it’s 200th year anniversary in 2010 and has been a centre for creative living for the past 33 years. After many an evening spent experimenting around the kitchen table with various natural spices and wine and mini tasters, Roger and Olivia started producing a variety of fine gourmet sausages. They have been making sausages at Lavistown house for more than twenty years, with a variety of delightful flavours on offer. With all the pork provided by a local farmer, the options on offer include Garlic, Chilli, Breakfast, and even Italian style cocktail sausages, which are still coeliac friendly and gluten free, containing no fillers or additives.
Lavistown House, Kilkenny, Ireland –

Sarah Gough – Mileeven Fine Foods

Established in 1988, Mileeven Fine Foods was initially set up through Sarah’s Mother Eilis’ hobby of beekeeping. Their extensive product range includes Organic Honey, Single Source Honeys, Organic Preserves, Fruit Cakes, Christmas Puddings and a wide variety of sauces. The Goughs range has proven popular worldwide – renowned stores such as Harrods and Selfridges stock the Mileeven range. Mileeven Fine Foods has received much recognition, winning Great Taste Awards on a regular basis over the last decade. The Goughs also were The South East Women in Business Award winners for Excellence in Food in 2010 as well as the Kilkenny County Enterprise Award winners 2010.
Mileeven, Owning Hill, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny

Joy Moore- Oldtown Hill Bakehouse

Kilkenny dairy farmer Joy Moore began her bakery venture as a means to use up surplus fresh milk from the farm in 1999. Now the Oldtown Hill Bakery, located on the family farm has a County Enterprise Award under its belt and produces a delicious range of breads, cakes and other baked goods.. Joy recently expanded the business to include the production of home-made donuts, Dolly’s Donuts, which have been going down a treat nationwide
Oldtown Hill Bakehouse, Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny,

Mary Teehan – The Truffle Fairy

Award winning chef Mary Teehan set up her chocolate business in Thomastown in 2005. ‘The Truffle Fairy’ produces high quality chocolates and chocolates with the best and ethically sourced ingredients and natural flavours. The chocolate delights are truly handmade, the artisan way of bringing the chocolate to life and unleashing its deepest and richest flavours for the public to indulge in. The Truffle Fairy has proved itself not just in the South East but on the international stage also, winning the Great Taste Award 2012 Gold Star as well as numerous Gold Stars at the International Great Taste Awards 2011.
Chapel Lane, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny –

Paul & Theresa Doyle – Tess’s Bakery

Tess’s Bakery was opened in 2005, by chef of 25 years Paul Doyle and his wife Theresa, who has over 14 years experience in the baking industry. The bakery provides the county with fantastic traditional produce such as soda and three seed loafs as well as tarts, crumbles and sponges. The key attractions for the Doyle’s products are that they are yeast, sugar and preservative free. The baking is done so under great care, using only quality ingredients in the old style traditional way.
Tess’s Bakery-Paul and Theresa Dyole, 73 B Hebron, Industrial Estate, Kilkenny.