October is a great month, not only because I have the nice excuse to light the fire again and get cosy at home, but the cooking style also changes to more hearty dishes. Right now, I am watching the Ireland-Russian match (not looking good for the guys in green) and the smell of a stew is waving through the house.
I am also looking forward to this weekend as the Kinsale Food Festival is on - actually it started today. Tomorrow takes the much anticipated Mad Hatter's Taste of Kinsale place. A guided tour to some of the 12 members of the Good Food Circle. The event kicks off with a reception in Acton's Hotel after which the tour to 4 tasting venues starts. Participants can sample gourmet food with selected wines. A condition to take part is to wear a mad hat (why else would they call it the Mad Hatter's tour). The tour will end with a party at the White Lady. Tickets 90 Euro.
In case you are heading to Kilkenny for the October Bank Holiday weekend make sure you pay a visit to Kilkenny Castle and the new Parade Plaza where the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival will take place. A tented village will include foodie stalls where you can buy the best that Kilkenny has to offer. Cooking demonstrations by Kevin Dundon and Catherine Fulvio will definitely draw a crowd. Tasting plates can be purchased and kids will have fun at the cupcake decoration competition. Planned events include 18th Century Dining in Mount Juliet Hotel in Thomastown, Sensory dining in the Club House Hotel, a 'Hurler in the kitchen' in Cafe Sol and much more. Most restaurants will offer special menus. For more details go to www.savourkilkenny.com