Brian Fallon (Fallons of Kilcullen), County Kildare Tourism Development Manager Aine Mangan and Michael Davern (K Club) at the launch of the Taste of Kildare event.
A new annual festival, celebrating the best that Kildare’s great restaurants and food producers and suppliers have to offer will start next summer at the K Club.
Called the Taste of Kildare Festival, it was announced today at the K Club before a gathering of representatives from the county’s food industry.
Organised by County Kildare Tourism Board, the meeting discussed how local food businesses could join together to create an experience which, they hope, will prove to be a massive attraction to visitors and the local community.
Tanya Doyle (Agape Foods), Camila Grey (Lemongrass) and Bernie Everard (Splate). Pic: Mark Reddy
“Food is at the heart of Kildare’s tourist offering, accounting for €2 out of every €5 spent by visitors,” said County Kildare Tourism Development Manager Aine Mangan. “Taste of Kildare will bring our amazing restaurants and wonderful artisan food producers and suppliers together in one space, creating an annual experience that will serve as a calling card for the county.
“The response from the first meeting was very positive, and plans are already in train for what will be one of the annual highlights of the summer tourism calendar. Taste of Kildare will feature a number of different experiences from a sit-down marquee buffet with a choice of food from our restaurants to a festival farmers market in the walled garden to cater for everyone.
Peter McCormack (PS Coffee Roasters) and Sharon Deegan (Keadeen Hotel) at launch of the Taste of Kildare. Pic: Mark Reddy
“The festival will be a sustainable and all-inclusive event with a place for all businesses and a food offering for everyone, from the local community and families to tourists and corporate visitors.
“Myself and Kildare Failte Directors Michael Davern of the K Club and Brian Fallon from Fallons of Kilcullen would like to thank everyone who came to the first meeting, and invite everyone who is interested in getting involved in the festival to contact me at Into Kildare.”
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