Hybrid weekend of cookery, culture and food to open in the Boyne Valley

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THE well-established Hinterland Arts & Literature Festival in Kells Ireland has teamed up with the Boyne Valley Flavours food movement in Meath Ireland to mark the return of the Samhain Food Festival, a weekend of Irish food and culture.


Launching this Friday 5 November with an afternoon symposium of food education, ‘Samhain – 5,000 years of Irish Food and Culture’ will bring together the best in the Irish food and culture industry together until this Sunday 7 November.


Sheridan’s Cheesemongers’ Kevin Sheridan (left) and Frank Le Moenner at the 2019 Samhain Food Festival

Among the culinary guests expected are Chef Kevin Dundon, John and Sally McKenna, Kevin Sheridan and Gastrogays Patrick Hanlon and Russel Alford. Also expected is Chef Pauric White and Darina Allen of Ballymaloe House.


Gastrogays Patrick Hanlon and Russel Alford are back for the first in person Samhain Food Festival since 2019

“This November sees the welcome return of the Samhain Food Festival in person in Kells County Meath with the theme of Food & Landscape,” said the festival’s marketing coordinator Rebecca Meade. “Following on from a very successful inaugural festival in 2019 (rated Best New Food Festival in Ireland by the McKenna Guides) and a virtual version in 2020, the 2021 offers visitors oodles of fantastic events to attend over three days. The weekend will reflect the seasonal choice of date.”

The festival programme is directed by Olivia Duff of the Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells in association with the Hinterland Festival chairperson Geraldine Gaughran.


Last year’s Samhain Food Festival was a virtual event that included Sally and John McKenna along with Aoife Carrigy. The food historians and authors will be back in person for the 2021 festival

“Ireland’s food culture is in a wonderful state of revolution and a result of millennia of agriculture, rich fertile landscapes and coastlines and in more recent times, passionate food producers (in) collaboration and a belief in food provenance and sustainability,” said Olivia Duff. “The weekend sets out to celebrate Ireland’s food culture, past present and future.”


For tickets book online at https://www.hinterland.ie.

Tags: Samhain Food Festival Hinterland Festival Boyne Valley Flavours #discoverireland

Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is Pynck.com’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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