Bigger than ever before, Taste of Kildare returns in September

The new-look festival celebrates the county’s rich food and drink heritage and the innovative people working behind the scenes to excite our palates.

Summer may be just beginning but the team at Taste of Kildare are busy preparing for the start of autumn and the anticipated 2024 festival, which 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. Supported by Ballymore and hosted by Into Kildare, the tourism board for the county, this year’s Taste of Kildare will be a celebration of the rich and diverse food culture that thrives in Co Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s culinary scene. 

Now in its third year, Taste of Kildare is set to be bigger than ever before, with Into Kildare 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. 

As visitors wander through the festival, they’ll encounter a world of flavours, 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. Attendees will have the chance to explore the bustling food stalls showcasing the creations of dozens of skilled local artisans; witness renowned chefs demonstrating their culinary prowess live on stage; and participate in engaging talks and workshops led by industry experts. 

With a host of demos, masterclasses and special food and drink villages to discover, they’ll 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.

They’ll also meet the culinary stars behind Kildare’s top dining establishments, including celebrity chef 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. These chefs are the architects of Kildare’s dining scene, each bringing their unique flair and passion to the table. 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. 

Whether you’re looking to indulge in perfectly paired food and beverage combinations, sample regional specialities or sharpen your skills in a hands-on workshop or masterclass, Taste of Kildare has something for everyone, with family-friendly entertainment and activities on Sunday and live music courtesy of Smash Hits, The Victory Dolls and Spring Break enhancing the vibrant atmosphere.

“I am thrilled to once again support the tourism industry in Kildare and bring the Taste of Kildare to life. Our past successes at prestigious venues like The Curragh and The K Club are a testament to the vibrant potential of our region. We are committed to continuing this tradition of excellence and showcasing the rich culinary and cultural experiences that Kildare has to offer.”

Aine Mangan, CEO of Into Kildare

“We’re proud to support Taste of Kildare this year, bringing the community together to celebrate the county’s rich food culture. Being from Kildare myself, I know how special an event like this is for bringing families, friends and neighbours together. Ballymore built its first show home in Kildare over 40 years ago and has built 4,000 homes in the county since, with another 3,000 planned, so this partnership means so much to the whole company. We look forward to helping showcase Kildare’s culinary talent in September.”

Linda Mulryan, Deputy Managing Director of Ballymore

Join us at Taste of Kildare for an unforgettable journey through the world of food, right in the heart of Kildare. It’s an event that promises to be as diverse and dynamic as the food culture it celebrates.

Tickets

Tickets, from €15, go on sale this Thursday, the 16th of May at www.tasteofkildare.ie.
Special and group packages are available, including the VIP Experience, €75pp; Italian Quarter, €390 for a table of six; Terrace BBQ Experience, €65pp; Harvest Dining Experience, €1,050 for a table of six; and a Private Dining Experience (price on request), with early bird offers currently available.

Notes to Editor

The inaugural Taste of Kildare was held at The K Club in 2018 and attracted more than 3,500 visitors. This was followed by the second festival in 2022 at The Curragh Racecourse during the Autumn Racing Festival with a combined attendance of over 15,000 visitors. The third Taste of Kildare festival will be held at Naas Racecourse the weekend of the 20th to 22nd of September 2024 and is expected to be bigger than ever, with Into Kildare collaborating with a network of over 100 partners in the tourism and hospitality sectors to highlight Co Kildare’s rich culinary scene.

Photos by Brain McEvoy