Star Lineup for Taste of Kildare Festival!

Kildare Rose, Grainne Carr, Ardclough (l) and Rose of Tralee, Dr Jennifer Byrne, sampled some Kildare culinary delights as they promoted the Taste of Kildare Food Festival. – Image: Michael Donnelly.

TV chef, Martin Shanahan, will be one of the star hosts at the first annual Taste of Kildare festival which takes place on Sunday August 19.

Shanahan will be joined by other leading Irish chefs, including Thomas Haughton and Ross Lewis, in a series of cookery demonstrations celebrating the best that the county’s restaurants and food producers have to offer.

The festival will be held in the Walled Garden at the K Club, Straffan, between 12.30pm and 5.30pm.

The K Club event will also feature craft beer, wine tasting, children’s activities and music from renowned singer-songwriter Paddy Casey, a jazz band and DJ.

Organised by County Kildare Tourism, Taste of Kildare will see local businesses coming together to create a wonderful experience, promoting Kildare’s food offering to a national and international audience.

“Food is at the heart of Kildare’s tourist offering, accounting for €2 out of every €5 spent by visitors,” said County Kildare Tourism Development Manager, Aine Mangan.

“Taste of Kildare will bring our amazing restaurants and wonderful artisan food producers and suppliers together in one space, creating an annual experience that will serve as a calling card for the county.

“It will feature a number of different experiences from a sit-down marquee buffet with a choice of food from our restaurants to a festival farmers’ market in the walled garden to cater for everyone.”

Taste of Kildare will be the highlight of Taste of Kildare Week – when the county’s restaurants will host a celebration of local flavours, countywide tastings and free demonstrations. It starts on Monday August 12, and coincides with the visit of the 65 Rose of Tralee finalists to the county.

“Taste of Kildare will be sustainable and all-inclusive with a place for all businesses and a food offering for everyone, from the local community and families to tourists and corporate visitors,” said Aine Mangan.

Tickets priced at €10, plus€1 booking fee, are now on sale at for the one-day event

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