Launch of Samhain: 5,000 years of Irish Food & Culture

Published on: 16th October 2019 @ 1:17 PM


On Wednesday 9th October Boyne Valley Flavours and Hinterland Festival Kells officially launched their brand-new festival- Samhain: 5,000 years of Irish Food & Culture in the historic setting of The Courthouse, Kells.

To help launch the festival Boyne Valley Flavours and Hinterland Festival Kells were joined by Chair of Galway 2020- Arthur Lappin and founder of Our Table- Ellie Kisyombe who both gave fantastic speeches highlighting the hugely significant role food plays in our everyday lives, how it brings people together, helped shape our landscapes, and acted as inspiration for artists. Guests also heard from Tracey Coughlan from Fáilte Ireland, Kevin Stewart of Meath County Council, Geraldine Goughran of Hinterland Festival Kells and Olivia Duff of Boyne Valley Flavours.

Arthur Lappin, Chair of Galway 2020-

“Hinterland is an exemplary cultural innovator. Tonight, we launch Samahin a veritable Cornucopia of all aspects of food. Food is too seldom seen in a holistic cultural context and it has a profound influence on our cultural being and this will be explored throughout Samhain”

 Geraldine Gaughran Hinterland Festival Kells-

“We are delighted to partner with the fabulous team from Boyne Valley Flavours. As Hinterland we’ve proudly showcased the wonderful culture and heritage of Kells and the surrounding area and are thrilled that this is being expanded to focus on the excellent food produce of the region. And as with the Hinterland festival in June. Samhain will bring together great minds to stimulate culinary debate and discussion, share experiences, sample produce and have fun – and we can’t wait!”

 This festival taking place in and around Kells County Meath from 1st-3rd November has a heavy weight line-up of events featuring Michelin starred chefs, global award-winning cook book authors, thought leaders in sustainability, zero waste and food as medicine, family self-sufficiency and kids’ workshops. Well known food personalities participating in the festival include Darina Allen, JP McMahon, John and Sally McKenna, Michael Kelly, Niall Sabongi and the Gastro Gays to name just a few.

The theme of Food & Culture will be discussed and debated over the weekend in events such as 

  • 10 Foods from 5,000 years, with JP McMahon
  • The Sea: Chef Brian McDermott
  • The evolution and consequences of our food choices on people, planet and pocket
  • ‘The Irish Paradox – The Island that doesn’t Eat Fish
  • Chef’s Manifesto – There is no Planet B
  • Grow Cook Eat, with Michael Kelly
  • Our Table with Ellie Kisyombe
  • Post Brexit Agri Food Landscape
  • Forgotten Skills with Darina Allen & the Smokin’ Butcher Hugh Maguire
  • ‘Food as Medicine’ with Domini Kemp
  • The Zero Waste Kitchen with Maurice McGeehan

 

These events are part of a packed schedule of many more events that will bring people together to celebrate Irish food and culture.

 This festival is part of Fáilte Ireland’s Taste the Island campaign which kicked off in September 2019. Taste the Island will promote the island of Ireland’s extensive catalogue of food and drink experiences to domestic and international visitors, creating opportunities for Irish businesses to attract higher numbers of visitors outside of the already busy summer months.

 Tracey Coughlan, Fáilte Ireland- 

“Taste the Island’ is an all-island initiative designed to significantly enhance Ireland’s global reputation for its food and drink experiences. It is a three-year programme developed by Fáilte Ireland in partnership with Tourism Northern Ireland and Tourism Ireland. The enthusiasm, passion, creativity and energy that this initiative has been met with by the food, drink and wider hospitality industry is so encouraging. The packed full Samhain event programme taking place in in the Boyne Valley is a fantastic example of the quality food and drink experience Ireland has to offer. Taste the Island highlights more than 700 food and drink-related experiences taking place across the Autumn, reaching into every corner of the country. We look forward to building on this year’s event and creating an even bigger and better Taste the Island for 2020 and beyond.”

 Geraldine Gaughran, Hinterland Festival Kells

“We are delighted to partner with the fabulous team from Boyne Valley Flavours. As Hinterland we’ve proudly showcased the wonderful culture and heritage of Kells and the surrounding area and are thrilled that this is being expanded to focus on the excellent food produce of the region. And as with the Hinterland festival in June. Samhain will bring together great minds to stimulate culinary debate and discussion, share experiences, sample produce and have fun – and we can’t wait!”

 Olivia Duff, Boyne Valley Flavours 

“Samhain sets out to celebrate our food and its relationship to culture from the past, present and future. It’s a brilliantly diverse programme of thought leaders, chefs, writers, historians and culinary personalities who will provide a weekend of entertainment, important discussion and debate and of course wonderful food. I’m really proud that the Boyne Valley will host the weekend, it’s another piece of our journey to becoming a respected food destination in the ancient backdrop where farming and food production began over 5,000 years ago up to today where we have such an array of wonderful produce and thriving collaboration amongst those involved in food, this weekend is further testament to that great community spirit and couldn’t have happened without the generous support of Hinterland.”

To see the full programme of events for Samhain or to book tickets visit www.hinterland.ie or call into the Samhain Box Office in The Courthouse Kells, 11-2pm, Tuesday-Thursday. 

 

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