Savour Kilkenny is now one of Ireland’s leading food festivals. Heading into this year’s 13th annual festival, the event celebrates the produce and food culture of the surrounding rich pastureland, home to some of Ireland and Europe’s best food. While the produce of its dairy and meat sector are internationally renowned, the festival celebrates local artisan products and a vibrant local restaurant and café culture which has seen the area become a leading food destination.
The festival takes place over the October bank holiday weekend at the end of Autumn and at the end of the traditional harvest season and draws tens of thousands of visitors; increasingly it is now also a homecoming festival for local people living away from the Marble City.
The focus is on an informal gathering on the city’s medieval parade public space in front of the eight centuries old Kilkenny Castle.