July 10, 2017
Butler House
July 10, 2017

Billy Byrnes

Venue: Billy Byrne’s, 39 John Street, Kilkenny
Date: Sunday 29th October
Time: 5pm – 9pm and continuing into the night.
Tickets: Full experience ticket – meal and entertainment – €30
To Book: Booking Essential

What’s the next step for a local food culture? Can food be a tool to help communities really thrive in uncertain times? And how much fun can we have finding out? Join us for Kilkenny’s first #SpeakEATsy! Book here:

This #SpeakEATsy is a bespoke show tailored to Savour Kilkenny, featuring a craft beer reception with Costellos Brewing Company, a sit down meal, incredible live music, performance poetry, compelling interview-led conversations & swing DJs to finish. Join hosts Dr. Oliver Moore and Davie Philip from Cloughjordan, out back in the idiosyncratic aesthetic splendour of Billy Byrnes, for an experience that is far more than the sum of its parts. What more could a body and mind ask for?

#SpeakEATsy at Savour opens at 5PM for those who have pre booked with a complimentary craft beer reception by local craft brewery Costellos. Next up, a sit down meal tailored to theme and brought to you by Cloughjordan’s Night Orchard – showcasing the best of what that ecoinnovative region provides – and Kilkenny’s own Market Kitchen.

This meal will includes produce from the multi award winning Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School (RAI Cookery School of the Year 2017) and Ireland’s only community owned and operated farm in Cloughjordan.

Peppered throughout the evening, from five onwards, experience performance poets and acoustic musicians bearing their collective hearts. Acts here include Cuirt poetry slam winner 2016 Mel White, Cloughjordan based singer-songwriter Maggie McEntee and local Kilkenny warbling folk wonderboys the Savage Jim Breen.

A new addition to the already brimming programme, all the way from the Indian sub-continent, is sarod player Sougata Roy Chowdhury, accompanied by Shariajdeep Singe. Sougata is one of the world’s most accomplished sarod players, so it’s a real pleasure and a privilege to have him perform with us.

Stories and compelling conversations will take us deeper into the real essence of the meaning of food and community. We ask – how can we, collectively, through our daily food choices, commit more to our locale and the living world around us? What are the methods trialled in Cloughjordan, how do they work, and can they be replicated elsewhere? We will hear from local food and sustainability innovators from the Cloughjordan Ecovillage including Julie Lockett of Riot Rye Bakehouse and Bread School, while all manner of local Kilkenny food heroes will pop up throughout the night. This includes Brian Dillon, who has embarked on a really innovative apple tree initiative in the region.

Then, dance the evening away to Dastardly Dapper Djs of the Boudoir Sessions purveying the finest gramophone groovers. That’s two parts 20s swing, one part 50s calypso and a dash of 40s boogie woogie to boot. These festival favourites have run themed pre 60s events at festival all over Ireland, from headlining the Westport Arts Festival to closing parties at the infamous Global Green Arena at Stradbally’s Electric Picnic.

Shared food, words and music are great ways to bring people together – SpeakEATsy is a novel take on these simple ingredients and an impulse to cultivate community. And SpeakEATsy – an event which emerged from Cloughjordan Ecovillage, an ecosystem of food innovation in the Irish midlands – is coming to Savour! Booking essential, places strictly limited to 60 people. Click here to secure you space. (the last 3 of these have sold out!). Tickets €30.

SpeakEATsy 5-9PM main show, Boudoir Sessions DJs on to closing time.

Billy Byrne’s bar, John Street, Kilkenny. Sunday 29th October. Ticket E30

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