I am really excited about this upcoming weekend because I have been lucky enough to have been invited to a major celebration in Kilkenny on Sunday October 26th which will see people in hundreds of homes in the City and County cooking up a storm and throwing open their doors for a mouth-watering Night of 1000 Feasts, as part of the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival.
I am ready, mouth duly watered to join them!
I will be attending a series of talks, demonstrations and tastings in Kilkenny City and I'll also be taking a visit to Thomastown, a picturesque village 18km outside the city, which was recently awarded the title Town of Food for a food and craft trail. (Seriously, I'm going to have to be rolled home.)
Town of Food is a community led initiative aimed at promoting Kilkenny as an important food destination. It aims to support the production and promotion of local, quality food ingredients and to develop an educational food hub to attract professional and amateur cookery students.
Under the EU Rural Development Programme, LEADER will provide funding to Town of Food of up to €750,000 for Building works, marketing and training to the end of 2015. In order to access this grant, Town of Food must raise €182,000 in ‘matched funding’ through donations, fundraising and sponsorship. The Night of 1000 Feasts will hopefully raise this much needed funding.
It's the perfect time of year to host such a wonderful event. The end of the harvest season has come and there is an abundance of food. As we slide into the darker half of the year and hibernation it makes sense for us to make our own light by feasting and making merry. I am ALL for making merry as you well know!
The long weekend can't come quickly enough. I'm getting hungrier and hungrier the more I think about it!
I'll be using the hashtag #1000Feasts while I'm there so you can follow along on Twitter and Instagram and get a digital 'flavour' of all the wonderful produce and products Co. Kilkenny has to offer. Make sure to keep an eye on my Facebook page too as I'm sure I'll be popping in there to say hi too.
Many thanks to Green and Vibrant for the invitation, I can't wait!