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An Irish Food Festival in Kilkenny

An Irish Food Festival in Kilkenny


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The center of the Irish food scene these days (and yes, there is an Irish food scene; get over the potato jokes), as anyone will tell you, is County Cork, in the far south of Ireland — hotbed of the Irish artisanal food movement and home of the famed Ballymaloe hotel, restaurant, and cooking school. In the past few years, County Tipperary, slightly more towards the middle of the country, has been getting some gastronomic attention, much of it centered around specialty-food merchant and indigenous food enthusiast Peter Ward of Nenagh.

The next part of Ireland to make an impression might very well be Tipperary's neighbor, County

Kilkenny, at least judging from some of the things I ate, people I met, and culinary passion I saw all around me at Savour Kilkenny, an annual three-day program of seminars, cooking demonstrations, food producer tours, and special meals, built around a 75-stall open-air food market, held in and around the small city of Kilkenny itself in late October. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/Joopey)

That city, with a population of about 22,000, was first mentioned in a medieval manuscript in 1085 A.D., but the area was a major monastic center as early as the eighth century. The 13th-century Kilkenny Castle rises above the pleasant, low-key city center, alongside the broad thoroughfare called The Parade, down one side of which runs a row of restaurants, pubs, and shops.

Savour Kilkenny's open-air market was set up on The Parade on October 29th and 30th, offering ample tastes of mostly artisanal food products from the county and its neighbors. One stand belonged to the current star of the local artisanal food movement, Helen Finnegan of Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese, whose semi-soft, washed-rind goat’s cheese, Kilree, was just named Supreme Champion (as well as Best Irish Cheese and Best Semi-Soft Cheese) at the British Cheese Awards, a competition that this year boasted 904 entries from 181 cheesemakers from all over Ireland and Great Britain.

Wandering down The Parade, on a day that swung, in typical Irish fashion, from torrentially rainy to sunny and mild, I also sampled both hot- and cold-smoked trout from Ger and Mag Kirwan's 50-year-old Goatsbridge trout farm, near the 12th-century Jerpoint Abbey in neighboring Thomastown; a strip of locally grown Piemontese beef loin raised by John Commins in County Tipperary (this is the same cattle breed featured at Eataly in New York City, though theirs comes from Montana); a roast free-range pork sandwich, with meat from another Tipperary producer, Oldfarm; a taste of Julie Calder-Potts' patented Orchard Syrup, from organic apples grown at her Highbank Orchards in Cuffesgrange, a Kilkenny farm first established in the 17th century — a syrup as dense and naturally sweet as anything tapped from New England maple trees; a rich chocolate

truffle from Mary Teehan of Thomastown, who styles herself "the Truffle Fairy"; and a spoonful of Madagascar vanilla ice cream from Kilkenny's Cramers Grove, which makes their products using milk and cream from their own dairy herd. Among the stands I bypassed was one selling BBQ kangaroo skewers, which I guessed were probably not based on a locally grown product. (Photo courtesy of Colman Andrews)

I also stopped in at the demonstration tent to say hello to Garrett Byrne, longtime chef at the Michelin one-star restaurant Chapter One in Dublin, who is from this region and returned here three years ago to open an establishment called Campagne, which serves first-rate modern European food based on superb Irish raw materials. Byrne's is, to my mind, the best restaurant in Kilkenny, but it gets competition from the Lady Helen, the dining room at Mount Juliet, a 1,500-acre golf, fishing, and hunting resort just outside the city. Here, chefs Cormac Rowe and Ken Harker lightly cook the Kirwans' trout sous-vide and serve it with seaweed butter, combine scallops from Kilmore on the nearby Wexford coast with jerusalem artichokes and crubeen (pigs' feet) croquettes, and grace Knockdrinna's award-winning goat cheese with pear foam, walnuts, and truffle honey.


Festival of Irish Whiskey to be hosted around Ireland next week

The Festival of Irish Whiskey is a celebration of the culture and rich heritage of Irish Whiskey and offers visitors a chance to explore the places, meet the people and experience the processes behind the making of Irish whiskey.

The festival will run from Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th, 2019 and will feature nearly 40 events and promotions in distilleries, brand homes, and Irish whiskey visitor centers across the country and in conjunction with the on-trade.

The planned events and promotions range across free and discounted tours, open days, whiskey tastings and food pairings, cooperage demonstrations, meet the distillers talks, and much more. A full schedule of the free and ticketed events is now available online.

Selected highlights from the upcoming festival include:

October 10: Dublin Distilleries on your Doorstep at Arthur’s Pub, Thomas Street All five Dublin distilleries and brand homes will host a joint-tasting event with all proceeds to Solas Project, a charity based in The Liberties, Dublin.

October 10: ‘A Taste of Kilkenny, a Taste of Slane’ - The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild will host a special tasting event with Slane Irish Whiskey and Lord Alex Mountcharles in Bridie’s Bar (Langton’s).

October 12: Tour & Tipple Experience and Dunville's masterclass in The Echlinvillel Distillery, Ards Peninsula

October 12: Spirit of Dublin Food Fair at Teeling Whiskey Distillery - Meet some of Dublin and Ireland’s most exciting artisanal food and drink producers in a showcase of the outstanding quality and diversity of produce across the country of Ireland. The event will feature a demonstration area where delicious meals and recipes incorporating Teeling Whiskey in unique and inventive ways will be showcased throughout the day.

October 12 - 13: Live Cooperage Demonstration at Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin

October 13: Clonakilty Distillery open day

On October 1, Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State Minister of State for Food, Forestry, and Horticulture, unveiled the full schedule for the four-day Festival of Irish Whiskey,

TD Doyle said: ”I am very pleased to see that in 2018 there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries, up 13% compared to 2017 and up 41% compared to 2015, with the number of visitors set to exceed one million in 2019, thus ensuring that the industry remains a significant employer both directly and indirectly through its support of the Irish tourism, agricultural producers, the agri-food sector and the rural economy."

William Lavelle, Head of Irish Whiskey Association in Drink Ireland stated: "IrishWhiskey360° aims to make Ireland the number one destination in the world for whiskey tourism. By partnering with Taste the Island to run this Festival of Irish Whiskey, we hope to open-up Irish whiskey to more visitors than ever.”

You can learn more about the event on its website, Instagram, and Twitter.

Will you be attending the Festival of Irish Whiskey? Let us know in the comments!


Festival of Irish Whiskey to be hosted around Ireland next week

The Festival of Irish Whiskey is a celebration of the culture and rich heritage of Irish Whiskey and offers visitors a chance to explore the places, meet the people and experience the processes behind the making of Irish whiskey.

The festival will run from Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th, 2019 and will feature nearly 40 events and promotions in distilleries, brand homes, and Irish whiskey visitor centers across the country and in conjunction with the on-trade.

The planned events and promotions range across free and discounted tours, open days, whiskey tastings and food pairings, cooperage demonstrations, meet the distillers talks, and much more. A full schedule of the free and ticketed events is now available online.

Selected highlights from the upcoming festival include:

October 10: Dublin Distilleries on your Doorstep at Arthur’s Pub, Thomas Street All five Dublin distilleries and brand homes will host a joint-tasting event with all proceeds to Solas Project, a charity based in The Liberties, Dublin.

October 10: ‘A Taste of Kilkenny, a Taste of Slane’ - The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild will host a special tasting event with Slane Irish Whiskey and Lord Alex Mountcharles in Bridie’s Bar (Langton’s).

October 12: Tour & Tipple Experience and Dunville's masterclass in The Echlinvillel Distillery, Ards Peninsula

October 12: Spirit of Dublin Food Fair at Teeling Whiskey Distillery - Meet some of Dublin and Ireland’s most exciting artisanal food and drink producers in a showcase of the outstanding quality and diversity of produce across the country of Ireland. The event will feature a demonstration area where delicious meals and recipes incorporating Teeling Whiskey in unique and inventive ways will be showcased throughout the day.

October 12 - 13: Live Cooperage Demonstration at Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin

October 13: Clonakilty Distillery open day

On October 1, Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State Minister of State for Food, Forestry, and Horticulture, unveiled the full schedule for the four-day Festival of Irish Whiskey,

TD Doyle said: ”I am very pleased to see that in 2018 there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries, up 13% compared to 2017 and up 41% compared to 2015, with the number of visitors set to exceed one million in 2019, thus ensuring that the industry remains a significant employer both directly and indirectly through its support of the Irish tourism, agricultural producers, the agri-food sector and the rural economy."

William Lavelle, Head of Irish Whiskey Association in Drink Ireland stated: "IrishWhiskey360° aims to make Ireland the number one destination in the world for whiskey tourism. By partnering with Taste the Island to run this Festival of Irish Whiskey, we hope to open-up Irish whiskey to more visitors than ever.”

You can learn more about the event on its website, Instagram, and Twitter.

Will you be attending the Festival of Irish Whiskey? Let us know in the comments!


Festival of Irish Whiskey to be hosted around Ireland next week

The Festival of Irish Whiskey is a celebration of the culture and rich heritage of Irish Whiskey and offers visitors a chance to explore the places, meet the people and experience the processes behind the making of Irish whiskey.

The festival will run from Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th, 2019 and will feature nearly 40 events and promotions in distilleries, brand homes, and Irish whiskey visitor centers across the country and in conjunction with the on-trade.

The planned events and promotions range across free and discounted tours, open days, whiskey tastings and food pairings, cooperage demonstrations, meet the distillers talks, and much more. A full schedule of the free and ticketed events is now available online.

Selected highlights from the upcoming festival include:

October 10: Dublin Distilleries on your Doorstep at Arthur’s Pub, Thomas Street All five Dublin distilleries and brand homes will host a joint-tasting event with all proceeds to Solas Project, a charity based in The Liberties, Dublin.

October 10: ‘A Taste of Kilkenny, a Taste of Slane’ - The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild will host a special tasting event with Slane Irish Whiskey and Lord Alex Mountcharles in Bridie’s Bar (Langton’s).

October 12: Tour & Tipple Experience and Dunville's masterclass in The Echlinvillel Distillery, Ards Peninsula

October 12: Spirit of Dublin Food Fair at Teeling Whiskey Distillery - Meet some of Dublin and Ireland’s most exciting artisanal food and drink producers in a showcase of the outstanding quality and diversity of produce across the country of Ireland. The event will feature a demonstration area where delicious meals and recipes incorporating Teeling Whiskey in unique and inventive ways will be showcased throughout the day.

October 12 - 13: Live Cooperage Demonstration at Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin

October 13: Clonakilty Distillery open day

On October 1, Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State Minister of State for Food, Forestry, and Horticulture, unveiled the full schedule for the four-day Festival of Irish Whiskey,

TD Doyle said: ”I am very pleased to see that in 2018 there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries, up 13% compared to 2017 and up 41% compared to 2015, with the number of visitors set to exceed one million in 2019, thus ensuring that the industry remains a significant employer both directly and indirectly through its support of the Irish tourism, agricultural producers, the agri-food sector and the rural economy."

William Lavelle, Head of Irish Whiskey Association in Drink Ireland stated: "IrishWhiskey360° aims to make Ireland the number one destination in the world for whiskey tourism. By partnering with Taste the Island to run this Festival of Irish Whiskey, we hope to open-up Irish whiskey to more visitors than ever.”

You can learn more about the event on its website, Instagram, and Twitter.

Will you be attending the Festival of Irish Whiskey? Let us know in the comments!


Festival of Irish Whiskey to be hosted around Ireland next week

The Festival of Irish Whiskey is a celebration of the culture and rich heritage of Irish Whiskey and offers visitors a chance to explore the places, meet the people and experience the processes behind the making of Irish whiskey.

The festival will run from Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th, 2019 and will feature nearly 40 events and promotions in distilleries, brand homes, and Irish whiskey visitor centers across the country and in conjunction with the on-trade.

The planned events and promotions range across free and discounted tours, open days, whiskey tastings and food pairings, cooperage demonstrations, meet the distillers talks, and much more. A full schedule of the free and ticketed events is now available online.

Selected highlights from the upcoming festival include:

October 10: Dublin Distilleries on your Doorstep at Arthur’s Pub, Thomas Street All five Dublin distilleries and brand homes will host a joint-tasting event with all proceeds to Solas Project, a charity based in The Liberties, Dublin.

October 10: ‘A Taste of Kilkenny, a Taste of Slane’ - The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild will host a special tasting event with Slane Irish Whiskey and Lord Alex Mountcharles in Bridie’s Bar (Langton’s).

October 12: Tour & Tipple Experience and Dunville's masterclass in The Echlinvillel Distillery, Ards Peninsula

October 12: Spirit of Dublin Food Fair at Teeling Whiskey Distillery - Meet some of Dublin and Ireland’s most exciting artisanal food and drink producers in a showcase of the outstanding quality and diversity of produce across the country of Ireland. The event will feature a demonstration area where delicious meals and recipes incorporating Teeling Whiskey in unique and inventive ways will be showcased throughout the day.

October 12 - 13: Live Cooperage Demonstration at Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin

October 13: Clonakilty Distillery open day

On October 1, Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State Minister of State for Food, Forestry, and Horticulture, unveiled the full schedule for the four-day Festival of Irish Whiskey,

TD Doyle said: ”I am very pleased to see that in 2018 there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries, up 13% compared to 2017 and up 41% compared to 2015, with the number of visitors set to exceed one million in 2019, thus ensuring that the industry remains a significant employer both directly and indirectly through its support of the Irish tourism, agricultural producers, the agri-food sector and the rural economy."

William Lavelle, Head of Irish Whiskey Association in Drink Ireland stated: "IrishWhiskey360° aims to make Ireland the number one destination in the world for whiskey tourism. By partnering with Taste the Island to run this Festival of Irish Whiskey, we hope to open-up Irish whiskey to more visitors than ever.”

You can learn more about the event on its website, Instagram, and Twitter.

Will you be attending the Festival of Irish Whiskey? Let us know in the comments!


Festival of Irish Whiskey to be hosted around Ireland next week

The Festival of Irish Whiskey is a celebration of the culture and rich heritage of Irish Whiskey and offers visitors a chance to explore the places, meet the people and experience the processes behind the making of Irish whiskey.

The festival will run from Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th, 2019 and will feature nearly 40 events and promotions in distilleries, brand homes, and Irish whiskey visitor centers across the country and in conjunction with the on-trade.

The planned events and promotions range across free and discounted tours, open days, whiskey tastings and food pairings, cooperage demonstrations, meet the distillers talks, and much more. A full schedule of the free and ticketed events is now available online.

Selected highlights from the upcoming festival include:

October 10: Dublin Distilleries on your Doorstep at Arthur’s Pub, Thomas Street All five Dublin distilleries and brand homes will host a joint-tasting event with all proceeds to Solas Project, a charity based in The Liberties, Dublin.

October 10: ‘A Taste of Kilkenny, a Taste of Slane’ - The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild will host a special tasting event with Slane Irish Whiskey and Lord Alex Mountcharles in Bridie’s Bar (Langton’s).

October 12: Tour & Tipple Experience and Dunville's masterclass in The Echlinvillel Distillery, Ards Peninsula

October 12: Spirit of Dublin Food Fair at Teeling Whiskey Distillery - Meet some of Dublin and Ireland’s most exciting artisanal food and drink producers in a showcase of the outstanding quality and diversity of produce across the country of Ireland. The event will feature a demonstration area where delicious meals and recipes incorporating Teeling Whiskey in unique and inventive ways will be showcased throughout the day.

October 12 - 13: Live Cooperage Demonstration at Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin

October 13: Clonakilty Distillery open day

On October 1, Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State Minister of State for Food, Forestry, and Horticulture, unveiled the full schedule for the four-day Festival of Irish Whiskey,

TD Doyle said: ”I am very pleased to see that in 2018 there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries, up 13% compared to 2017 and up 41% compared to 2015, with the number of visitors set to exceed one million in 2019, thus ensuring that the industry remains a significant employer both directly and indirectly through its support of the Irish tourism, agricultural producers, the agri-food sector and the rural economy."

William Lavelle, Head of Irish Whiskey Association in Drink Ireland stated: "IrishWhiskey360° aims to make Ireland the number one destination in the world for whiskey tourism. By partnering with Taste the Island to run this Festival of Irish Whiskey, we hope to open-up Irish whiskey to more visitors than ever.”

You can learn more about the event on its website, Instagram, and Twitter.

Will you be attending the Festival of Irish Whiskey? Let us know in the comments!


Festival of Irish Whiskey to be hosted around Ireland next week

The Festival of Irish Whiskey is a celebration of the culture and rich heritage of Irish Whiskey and offers visitors a chance to explore the places, meet the people and experience the processes behind the making of Irish whiskey.

The festival will run from Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th, 2019 and will feature nearly 40 events and promotions in distilleries, brand homes, and Irish whiskey visitor centers across the country and in conjunction with the on-trade.

The planned events and promotions range across free and discounted tours, open days, whiskey tastings and food pairings, cooperage demonstrations, meet the distillers talks, and much more. A full schedule of the free and ticketed events is now available online.

Selected highlights from the upcoming festival include:

October 10: Dublin Distilleries on your Doorstep at Arthur’s Pub, Thomas Street All five Dublin distilleries and brand homes will host a joint-tasting event with all proceeds to Solas Project, a charity based in The Liberties, Dublin.

October 10: ‘A Taste of Kilkenny, a Taste of Slane’ - The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild will host a special tasting event with Slane Irish Whiskey and Lord Alex Mountcharles in Bridie’s Bar (Langton’s).

October 12: Tour & Tipple Experience and Dunville's masterclass in The Echlinvillel Distillery, Ards Peninsula

October 12: Spirit of Dublin Food Fair at Teeling Whiskey Distillery - Meet some of Dublin and Ireland’s most exciting artisanal food and drink producers in a showcase of the outstanding quality and diversity of produce across the country of Ireland. The event will feature a demonstration area where delicious meals and recipes incorporating Teeling Whiskey in unique and inventive ways will be showcased throughout the day.

October 12 - 13: Live Cooperage Demonstration at Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin

October 13: Clonakilty Distillery open day

On October 1, Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State Minister of State for Food, Forestry, and Horticulture, unveiled the full schedule for the four-day Festival of Irish Whiskey,

TD Doyle said: ”I am very pleased to see that in 2018 there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries, up 13% compared to 2017 and up 41% compared to 2015, with the number of visitors set to exceed one million in 2019, thus ensuring that the industry remains a significant employer both directly and indirectly through its support of the Irish tourism, agricultural producers, the agri-food sector and the rural economy."

William Lavelle, Head of Irish Whiskey Association in Drink Ireland stated: "IrishWhiskey360° aims to make Ireland the number one destination in the world for whiskey tourism. By partnering with Taste the Island to run this Festival of Irish Whiskey, we hope to open-up Irish whiskey to more visitors than ever.”

You can learn more about the event on its website, Instagram, and Twitter.

Will you be attending the Festival of Irish Whiskey? Let us know in the comments!


Festival of Irish Whiskey to be hosted around Ireland next week

The Festival of Irish Whiskey is a celebration of the culture and rich heritage of Irish Whiskey and offers visitors a chance to explore the places, meet the people and experience the processes behind the making of Irish whiskey.

The festival will run from Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th, 2019 and will feature nearly 40 events and promotions in distilleries, brand homes, and Irish whiskey visitor centers across the country and in conjunction with the on-trade.

The planned events and promotions range across free and discounted tours, open days, whiskey tastings and food pairings, cooperage demonstrations, meet the distillers talks, and much more. A full schedule of the free and ticketed events is now available online.

Selected highlights from the upcoming festival include:

October 10: Dublin Distilleries on your Doorstep at Arthur’s Pub, Thomas Street All five Dublin distilleries and brand homes will host a joint-tasting event with all proceeds to Solas Project, a charity based in The Liberties, Dublin.

October 10: ‘A Taste of Kilkenny, a Taste of Slane’ - The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild will host a special tasting event with Slane Irish Whiskey and Lord Alex Mountcharles in Bridie’s Bar (Langton’s).

October 12: Tour & Tipple Experience and Dunville's masterclass in The Echlinvillel Distillery, Ards Peninsula

October 12: Spirit of Dublin Food Fair at Teeling Whiskey Distillery - Meet some of Dublin and Ireland’s most exciting artisanal food and drink producers in a showcase of the outstanding quality and diversity of produce across the country of Ireland. The event will feature a demonstration area where delicious meals and recipes incorporating Teeling Whiskey in unique and inventive ways will be showcased throughout the day.

October 12 - 13: Live Cooperage Demonstration at Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin

October 13: Clonakilty Distillery open day

On October 1, Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State Minister of State for Food, Forestry, and Horticulture, unveiled the full schedule for the four-day Festival of Irish Whiskey,

TD Doyle said: ”I am very pleased to see that in 2018 there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries, up 13% compared to 2017 and up 41% compared to 2015, with the number of visitors set to exceed one million in 2019, thus ensuring that the industry remains a significant employer both directly and indirectly through its support of the Irish tourism, agricultural producers, the agri-food sector and the rural economy."

William Lavelle, Head of Irish Whiskey Association in Drink Ireland stated: "IrishWhiskey360° aims to make Ireland the number one destination in the world for whiskey tourism. By partnering with Taste the Island to run this Festival of Irish Whiskey, we hope to open-up Irish whiskey to more visitors than ever.”

You can learn more about the event on its website, Instagram, and Twitter.

Will you be attending the Festival of Irish Whiskey? Let us know in the comments!


Festival of Irish Whiskey to be hosted around Ireland next week

The Festival of Irish Whiskey is a celebration of the culture and rich heritage of Irish Whiskey and offers visitors a chance to explore the places, meet the people and experience the processes behind the making of Irish whiskey.

The festival will run from Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th, 2019 and will feature nearly 40 events and promotions in distilleries, brand homes, and Irish whiskey visitor centers across the country and in conjunction with the on-trade.

The planned events and promotions range across free and discounted tours, open days, whiskey tastings and food pairings, cooperage demonstrations, meet the distillers talks, and much more. A full schedule of the free and ticketed events is now available online.

Selected highlights from the upcoming festival include:

October 10: Dublin Distilleries on your Doorstep at Arthur’s Pub, Thomas Street All five Dublin distilleries and brand homes will host a joint-tasting event with all proceeds to Solas Project, a charity based in The Liberties, Dublin.

October 10: ‘A Taste of Kilkenny, a Taste of Slane’ - The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild will host a special tasting event with Slane Irish Whiskey and Lord Alex Mountcharles in Bridie’s Bar (Langton’s).

October 12: Tour & Tipple Experience and Dunville's masterclass in The Echlinvillel Distillery, Ards Peninsula

October 12: Spirit of Dublin Food Fair at Teeling Whiskey Distillery - Meet some of Dublin and Ireland’s most exciting artisanal food and drink producers in a showcase of the outstanding quality and diversity of produce across the country of Ireland. The event will feature a demonstration area where delicious meals and recipes incorporating Teeling Whiskey in unique and inventive ways will be showcased throughout the day.

October 12 - 13: Live Cooperage Demonstration at Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin

October 13: Clonakilty Distillery open day

On October 1, Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State Minister of State for Food, Forestry, and Horticulture, unveiled the full schedule for the four-day Festival of Irish Whiskey,

TD Doyle said: ”I am very pleased to see that in 2018 there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries, up 13% compared to 2017 and up 41% compared to 2015, with the number of visitors set to exceed one million in 2019, thus ensuring that the industry remains a significant employer both directly and indirectly through its support of the Irish tourism, agricultural producers, the agri-food sector and the rural economy."

William Lavelle, Head of Irish Whiskey Association in Drink Ireland stated: "IrishWhiskey360° aims to make Ireland the number one destination in the world for whiskey tourism. By partnering with Taste the Island to run this Festival of Irish Whiskey, we hope to open-up Irish whiskey to more visitors than ever.”

You can learn more about the event on its website, Instagram, and Twitter.

Will you be attending the Festival of Irish Whiskey? Let us know in the comments!


Festival of Irish Whiskey to be hosted around Ireland next week

The Festival of Irish Whiskey is a celebration of the culture and rich heritage of Irish Whiskey and offers visitors a chance to explore the places, meet the people and experience the processes behind the making of Irish whiskey.

The festival will run from Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th, 2019 and will feature nearly 40 events and promotions in distilleries, brand homes, and Irish whiskey visitor centers across the country and in conjunction with the on-trade.

The planned events and promotions range across free and discounted tours, open days, whiskey tastings and food pairings, cooperage demonstrations, meet the distillers talks, and much more. A full schedule of the free and ticketed events is now available online.

Selected highlights from the upcoming festival include:

October 10: Dublin Distilleries on your Doorstep at Arthur’s Pub, Thomas Street All five Dublin distilleries and brand homes will host a joint-tasting event with all proceeds to Solas Project, a charity based in The Liberties, Dublin.

October 10: ‘A Taste of Kilkenny, a Taste of Slane’ - The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild will host a special tasting event with Slane Irish Whiskey and Lord Alex Mountcharles in Bridie’s Bar (Langton’s).

October 12: Tour & Tipple Experience and Dunville's masterclass in The Echlinvillel Distillery, Ards Peninsula

October 12: Spirit of Dublin Food Fair at Teeling Whiskey Distillery - Meet some of Dublin and Ireland’s most exciting artisanal food and drink producers in a showcase of the outstanding quality and diversity of produce across the country of Ireland. The event will feature a demonstration area where delicious meals and recipes incorporating Teeling Whiskey in unique and inventive ways will be showcased throughout the day.

October 12 - 13: Live Cooperage Demonstration at Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin

October 13: Clonakilty Distillery open day

On October 1, Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State Minister of State for Food, Forestry, and Horticulture, unveiled the full schedule for the four-day Festival of Irish Whiskey,

TD Doyle said: ”I am very pleased to see that in 2018 there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries, up 13% compared to 2017 and up 41% compared to 2015, with the number of visitors set to exceed one million in 2019, thus ensuring that the industry remains a significant employer both directly and indirectly through its support of the Irish tourism, agricultural producers, the agri-food sector and the rural economy."

William Lavelle, Head of Irish Whiskey Association in Drink Ireland stated: "IrishWhiskey360° aims to make Ireland the number one destination in the world for whiskey tourism. By partnering with Taste the Island to run this Festival of Irish Whiskey, we hope to open-up Irish whiskey to more visitors than ever.”

You can learn more about the event on its website, Instagram, and Twitter.

Will you be attending the Festival of Irish Whiskey? Let us know in the comments!


Festival of Irish Whiskey to be hosted around Ireland next week

The Festival of Irish Whiskey is a celebration of the culture and rich heritage of Irish Whiskey and offers visitors a chance to explore the places, meet the people and experience the processes behind the making of Irish whiskey.

The festival will run from Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th, 2019 and will feature nearly 40 events and promotions in distilleries, brand homes, and Irish whiskey visitor centers across the country and in conjunction with the on-trade.

The planned events and promotions range across free and discounted tours, open days, whiskey tastings and food pairings, cooperage demonstrations, meet the distillers talks, and much more. A full schedule of the free and ticketed events is now available online.

Selected highlights from the upcoming festival include:

October 10: Dublin Distilleries on your Doorstep at Arthur’s Pub, Thomas Street All five Dublin distilleries and brand homes will host a joint-tasting event with all proceeds to Solas Project, a charity based in The Liberties, Dublin.

October 10: ‘A Taste of Kilkenny, a Taste of Slane’ - The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild will host a special tasting event with Slane Irish Whiskey and Lord Alex Mountcharles in Bridie’s Bar (Langton’s).

October 12: Tour & Tipple Experience and Dunville's masterclass in The Echlinvillel Distillery, Ards Peninsula

October 12: Spirit of Dublin Food Fair at Teeling Whiskey Distillery - Meet some of Dublin and Ireland’s most exciting artisanal food and drink producers in a showcase of the outstanding quality and diversity of produce across the country of Ireland. The event will feature a demonstration area where delicious meals and recipes incorporating Teeling Whiskey in unique and inventive ways will be showcased throughout the day.

October 12 - 13: Live Cooperage Demonstration at Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin

October 13: Clonakilty Distillery open day

On October 1, Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State Minister of State for Food, Forestry, and Horticulture, unveiled the full schedule for the four-day Festival of Irish Whiskey,

TD Doyle said: ”I am very pleased to see that in 2018 there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries, up 13% compared to 2017 and up 41% compared to 2015, with the number of visitors set to exceed one million in 2019, thus ensuring that the industry remains a significant employer both directly and indirectly through its support of the Irish tourism, agricultural producers, the agri-food sector and the rural economy."

William Lavelle, Head of Irish Whiskey Association in Drink Ireland stated: "IrishWhiskey360° aims to make Ireland the number one destination in the world for whiskey tourism. By partnering with Taste the Island to run this Festival of Irish Whiskey, we hope to open-up Irish whiskey to more visitors than ever.”

You can learn more about the event on its website, Instagram, and Twitter.

Will you be attending the Festival of Irish Whiskey? Let us know in the comments!


Watch the video: Savour Kilkenny Food Festival Ireland (October 2022).