Savour a green flavour to 2018 foodie festival
SAVOUR Kilkenny is going Green. The Savour Festival – in conjunction with Kilkenny County Council and Clean Technology Centre – has adopted green initiatives this year that will minimise environmental impacts through waste minimisation and also increase environmental awareness for stall holders and festival goers. The Environment Section of Kilkenny County Council is funding the greening of the festival through the Local Authority Prevention Network fund. Savour has introduced a green charter for stall holders who will pledge to minimise waste and reduce water and energy consumption amongst a variety of other environmentally friendly pledges.
This year the festival will provide food waste bins, in addition to general waste bins, which will cater for cooked or raw food, compostable packaging, cardboard and newspaper. This green initiative will divert food waste from landfill and instead the waste will be composted and converted into a usable product. Kilkenny County Council and the Savour Committee encourage festival goers to separate their waste into compostable and general waste, to refill their water bottles at water points that will be provided thus reducing the need for plastic bottled water and to walk, cycle or car pool to get to events.
Cathaoirleach Eamon Aylward commented that “Savour is not only a local festival but is now a successful national event attracting 40,000 plus visitors and the green initiatives adopted by the Festival Committee are to be commended as they will have the dual effect of increased environmental awareness and waste minimisation amongst the business community and festival goers.”