November 25, 2020
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Savour this: Kilkenny food festival assembles country’s top chefs for 2020 event

Savour Kilkenny have assembled some of the country’s leading chefs to deliver a special series of online winter warmer recipes for food lovers everywhere.

The special virtual event will replace Savour’s traditional annual gathering of more than 50,000 people in the heart of the medieval city.

Kilkenny favourites Edward Hayden and his long-term collaborator Anne Neary are joined by Michelin star John Kelly of Mount Juliet and JP McMahon of Galway’s Aniar, as well as celebrity chefs Kevin Dundun and Paul Flynn.

Ballymaloe leaders Darina Allen and Rory O’ Connell will bring a taste of West Cork to this year’s online proccedings, while Gary O’ Hanlon brings a French flavour and Jeeny Maltese and Arun Kapil bring a truly international twist to proceedings.

The cookery demo broadcasts will take place on Tuesdays at 3pm with Anne Neary and 7pm every Wednesday with Edward Hayden, and every Friday night at 7pm until mid January. And if you are unable to tune in at the designated time,the recordings will be available for viewing on Savour Kilkenny’s social media and YouTube channels.

Savour Kilkenny chairperson Ger Mullally said this year’s line-up is “testament to the loyalty some of Ireland’s top chefs have to the now 14-year-old food festival”.

Mr Mullally added: “Our festival prides itself on cooking demonstrations by the very best food practitioners in Ireland.

“The fact that these chefs have responded positively so quickly to our request to provide the best online demos we can in the current climate is a wonderful indication of their respect and support for our festival. Their creativity in their own kitchens will reflect the creativity of our team in reimagining and re-presenting our festival in this ‘new normal.”

The leader of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Andrew McGuinness, added: “Savour Kilkenny Festival is not only a local festival but is now a successful national event.

“Although we won’t see the thousands of visitors this year that Savour Kilkenny would usually attract to Kilkenny, I am delighted to see that there will be a virtual festival allowing the many followers that the Festival has accumulated over the years to tune in and enjoy online the line-up of chefs willing to share their culinary knowledge.

“Kilkenny County Council are proud to be associated with the Festival and on behalf of my fellow Elected Members, I would like to commend the Savour Kilkenny Festival Committee in organising this virtual Festival this year, encourage everyone to show their support for the online event and look forward to seeing the festival back stronger than ever in 2021.”

To view the full line-up of events for Savour Kilkenny 2020, visit: http://www.savourkilkenny.com/events

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