Taste of Kildare is back to celebrate the country’s food heritage

Chef Derry Clarke from The Club at Goffs and Chef Natalie Collins from The Japanese Gardens with Pippa Clancy from Kill Co Kildare Pic: Brian McEvoy

Ireland has some of the best quality food in, well, the world. We have some incredible chefs across the island. And sure, we all know how great our drink is!

The Taste of Kildare is back this year to shine a spotlight on it all!

The event will be held at Naas Racecourse the weekend of the 20th to 22nd of September with a fresh look and a bumper line-up of sessions and workshops to explore.

And it’s not one to be missed!

Chef Derry Clarke from The Club at Goffs ,Chef Gary O Hanlon from The K Club, Chef Duro Vdovic from Fallons of Kilcullen ,Chef Natalie Collins from The Japanese Gardens and Chef Sean Smith from Cliff at Lyons Pic: Brian McEvoy

Taste of Kildare promises to be bigger than ever before as it returns for a third year.

Into Kildare is collaborating with a network of over 100 partners in the tourism and hospitality sectors to deliver a vast choice of experiences and adventures for visitors of all interests and ages. Kildare County Council’s Local Enterprise Office is bringing ‘The Flavours of Kildare Collective’ and returning to Taste of Kildare for a second year running, with a line-up of 20 artisan producers.

There will be plenty to take in from the traditional Irish dishes that have stood the test of time to the innovative Asian-inspired creations that reflect our modern palate, highlighting the culinary excellence that Co Kildare is known for.

The bustling food stalls will showcase the creations of dozens of skilled local artisans. There will also be renowned chefs demonstrating their culinary prowess live on stage as well as engaging talks and workshops led by industry experts.


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With a host of demos, masterclasses and special food and drink villages to discover, those in attendance will learn how to whip up the finest cocktails (and mocktails), create a beautiful tablescape, forage for fresh ingredients, blend the perfect spices to add zing to any dish, and reduce food waste and make sustainable choices at home.

Holly White will even be offering wellness tips on Sunday, while a sound bath expert will be guiding visitors through calming meditation. It’s Taste of Kildare like you’ve never seen before.

There will be plenty of Kildare chefs in attendance including Derry Clarke of The Club at Goffs; Gareth Naughton of Neighbourhood; Gary O’Hanlon from The K Club; Sean Smith from Cliff at Lyons; Jordan Bailey and Majken Bech-Bailey from Bech-Bailey; Natalie Collins of The Japanese Gardens Restaurant at the Irish National Stud & Gardens; Duro Vdovic of Fallon’s of Kilcullen; and Magali Buisson of O’Dooles Restaurant.

There will also be visiting chefs including celebrity chef Rachel Allen, Chapter One’s Ross Lewis, Melissa McCabe of Feast, and Martin Shanahan of Fishy Fishy.

It’s definitely not one to be missed!

Tickets, from €15, are on sale now here.

Pippa Clancy
John Healy , Chef Gary O Hanlon from The K Club and Aine Mangan,CEO of Into Kildare
Aurelija Kupryte from The K Club
Lorna Duffy
Dee Ahearn
Martina Hnatysyn ,Derry Clarke and Avril Bannerton
James Kavanagh and William Murray
Edel Conroy and Andy Nolan
Ally Garvey and her daughter Pippa
Lauren Moore
Martina Hnatysyn
Martina Hnatysyn ,Derry Clarke and Avril Bannerton
Sinead De Buitleir
Olwyn Delaney
Gillian Quinn

Photos by Brian McEvoy


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