Savour Kilkenny food festival: Gin, mushrooms, alpacas and Ireland's celebrity chefs
Kilkenny gets cooking
New Suesey Street game menu
Clodagh McKenna's new autumn/winter menu at Arnott's
October is Reuse Month - so pick up a Keep Cup
The 11th Savour Kilkenny will run from October 27-30 and has grown from a small festival to one with more than 100 events and 100 stallholders.
Among the new events happening for the first time this year are Taste of Japan at the National Craft Gallery; a wooden spoon-making class with Éamonn O'Sullivan of Hewn; a Medieval Food and Craft Village; a Highbank Orchards' Gin Masterclass; a Mushroom Hunt with Ireland's foremost mycophagist, Bill O'Dea; the School of Food's Market Garden, and a food-meets-science event called Foodoppi, hosted by Aisling Larkin and Louise Lennox, aimed at younger visitors interested in molecular gastronomy.
Edward Hayden will be in conversation with national treasure Anna May McHugh of ploughing fame, and Catherine Fulvio will present a cookery demonstration, 'A Taste of Home', ahead of her new RTÉ TV series and cookbook.
Athlete and Celebrity MasterChef winner David Gillick will be cooking up one-pot wonders, and the GastroGays, Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford - regulars on TV3's The Six O'Clock Show - will be sharing their favourite Friday Night Feasts.
Simon Delaney, the 'nearly man' of the most recent Celebrity MasterChef, will be cooking American diner-style recipes from his upcoming cookbook, Simply Simon's Diner.
Gill Meller, whose Gather (Quadrille, £25) is one of the best cookbooks of recent years, will demonstrate "two simple, seasonal and very special recipes" from the book, while his River Cottage colleague Steven Lamb hosts the demo 'River Cottage Smoking and Curing - From Nose to Tail'.
No Irish food festival is complete without an appearance by Neven Maguire, Ireland's favourite chef, and he'll be in Kilkenny 'Cooking for Family & Friends, Italian Style' on Saturday 28.
Lynda Booth of the Dublin Cookery School will be cooking from her new book, Fearless Food, and Rory O'Connell from his, Cook Well, Eat Well.
The Happy Pear twins, David and Stephen Flynn, will demonstrate 'Healthy, Warming Autumn Meals', with competition in the easy-on-the-eye stakes from Stuart O'Keeffe from Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, showcasing some American-inspired dishes.
The Smallholders Showcase will feature talks on everything from beekeeping to butter making and alpaca farming, and there are also taste trails, street feasts and tastings aplenty.
IT'S GAME ON AT SUESEY STREET
On October 13 at No. 25 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin, maître d' John Healy launches chef Richard Stearn's new Suesey Street game menu, which will run until November 25. The special six-course dinner with matching wines is €75. To book, phone (01) 669 4646.
SAMPLE CLODAGH'S KITCHEN AT ARNOTTS
Clodagh McKenna's new autumn/winter menu features dishes such as chowder with corn and mussels; lamb cutlets with salsa verde and aubergine; and warm chocolate and pecan brownie with salted caramel sauce to sustain hungry shoppers.
PICK UP A KEEPCUP
October is Reuse Month, and KeepCups are one way of reducing waste from disposable coffee cups. The 12oz classic version fits in with the ambitions of the Conscious Cup Campaign, comes in lots of attractive colours and costs between €12.99 and €14.99 at various stockists nationwide.