Hinterland Samhain Festival 2019

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Dates: 
01/11/2019 to 03/11/2019

A weekend of food and food culture, in conjunction with Boyne Valley Flavours.

Tickets for events can be purchased in advance online below or by phone via the Box Office on 089 436 9868 from October 3rd. Tickets are also available in advance from Antonia’s Bookstore in Trim.

You can also see a schedule view of the programme here.

Kells Walkabout Tour

Kells Walkabout Tour
Event  1  
Venue: Meet outside the Courthouse

Enjoy a guided walk about the beautiful heritage town of Kells, hosted by passionate and knowledgeable local volunteers.

Free but ticketed

Price €0.00

‘A Wine Goose Chase’

‘A Wine Goose Chase’
WRITER AND PERFORMER: SUSAN BOYLE
Event  2  
Venue: Vanilla Pod Restaurant

Susan Boyle loves wine. What’s more she knows what she’s drinking and talking about. She’s got 2,000 years of Irish wine history to back her up! So, sit back, let her pour you a glass while she takes you on a trip with the tenacious Irish people who transformed the wine world and didn’t let coming from a grape-free land stop them. This one-woman theatrical performance fuses interactive wine tasting with storytelling in an intimate setting. Audience members will have the opportunity to put their senses to use and hopefully leave with a new insight to a drink that has been part of Ireland’s history for much longer than we might think.

Ticket includes Performance, Wines, Tapas & Digestif

Price €25.00

‘Boyne Valley’

BY CHEF TARA WALKER WITH THE ‘GASTRO GAYS‘

‘Boyne Valley’
Event  3  
Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel

Opening up the weekend’s proceedings is a celebration of the Boyne Valley, its produce, its producers and its people. Much revered Chef, Author & Chef patron of the East Coast Cookery School Tara Walker will be joined by Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford, better known in culinary circles as the ‘Gastro Gays’, they will prepare some delicious plates from the region showcasing the best of local produce, celebrating ‘Place on a Plate’

Free but ticketed

Price €0.00

Sheridan’s Samhain Market

Event  4  
Venue: Virginia Road Station, A82 K400

Sheridan’s Cheesemongers host a Samhain market at their headquarters with seasonal local produce and great Coffee!

Free Event

10 Foods from 5,000 years, with JP McMahon

10 Foods from 5,000 years, with JP McMahon
Event  5  
Venue: Courthouse – Meath County Council Stage

Author, playwright, culinary director of The Eat Galway Restaurant Group, Galway (which combines the efforts of his three restaurants, EAT Gastropub, Cava Bodega and Michelin-starred Aniar), founder of International Food Symposium ‘Food on the Edge’ playwright ‘Irish Food – a play’. McMahon is a self-described ‘obsessive educationalist’ with a penchant for both food and academics. He launches his 600 page book in Spring 2020 ‘Irish Food’. He presents his 10 foods from the past 5,000 years in a fascinating insight into Irish Food Culture.

Price €5.00

BREAKING BREAD: Patrick Ryan

Event  6  
Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel

Chef and baker Patrick Ryan, resides at Firehouse Bakery in Delgany, Co.Wicklow and also operates a ‘Bread School’ on Heir Island off the coast of Cork. A regular face of Virgin Media One’s ‘Weekend Am’, Co-author of ‘Bread Revolution’ and as seen on BBC 2’s Big Bread Experiment, since opening the bread school in June 2012, Patrick and his wife Laura have caught the nation’s imagination in their quest to return bread to its rightful place as king of the table. As a founding member of Realbread Ireland, Patrick will share his passion for baking and demonstrate how easy it is for everyone is bake real bread for themselves at home.

Price €10.00

GAME:

Event  7  
Venue: Killua Castle & Deerpark Killua, Clonmellon C15 EWF2

The former residence of the Chapman family with links to T.E. Lawrence and Sir Walter Raleigh, the Sangines Krause family have for the last 15 years sympathetically returned the castle and farm to former glory and beyond with the incredible vision of creating a sustainable demesne. It couldn’t be a better time for an inspiring tour of the residence and deer park in the heart of game season. Chef Pauric White will cook up a venison tasting directly from the farm.

Ticket includes light lunch

Price €10.00

GastroGays, Chew The Fat Podcast

IRISH FOOD, CROSS-EXAMINED IN THE COURTHOUSE

Event  8  
Venue: Courthouse – Meath County Council Stage

Taking to the stand in the courthouse, Irish food will be cross-examined by Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford, food and travel writers and producer-presenters of award winning podcast ‘Chew The Fat’. What is Irish food? What's its unique identity? Are we done with bacon and cabbage? Are we embracing a too 'New Nordic' style of modern Irish food? Should we hold onto old traditions and recipes or embrace cutting-edge technique? Irish food is in its prime, many may say.

The courthouse will come alive in discussion with what makes Irish food tick and where it finds itself in 2019.

Price €5.00

THE SEA: Chef Brian McDermott

THE SEA: Chef Brian McDermott
Event  9  
Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel

Award-winning celebrity chef and author from Co Donegal, Brian McDermott, is chef-proprietor of the Foyle Hotel in Moville. Brian’s book ‘Donegal Table’ scooped ‘Best Cookery Book in the World’ at the Gourmand Book Awards in China. A regular TV Chef on RTE who has his own slot weekly on BBC Radio as well as being awarded ‘Irelands Newcomer of 2019’ by Georgina Campbell. He will share his love of the coast, his passion for provenance and supporting local producers and some thoughts on mindfulness in the kitchen!

Price €10.00

Kells Walkabout Tour

Kells Walkabout Tour
Event  28  
Venue: Meet outside the Courthouse

Enjoy a guided walk about the beautiful heritage town of Kells, hosted by passionate and knowledgeable local volunteers.

Free but ticketed

Price €0.00

The evolution and consequences of our food choices on people, planet and pocket

The evolution and consequences of our food choices on people, planet and pocket
Event  10  
Venue: Courthouse – Meath County Council Stage

A topical panel discussion looking at the changing content of our shopping basket, chaired by Grainne Kelleher CEO of Airfield Estate, Dublin, joined by James Burke, prolific Irish food consultant and retail specialist, David Rane, Director of Guth Gafa Festival and Dr. Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire, TUDublin, respected Irish Food Historian.

Price €5.00

‘Nose to Tail’, JP Mc Mahon, featuring Poet Neil McCarthy

‘Nose to Tail’, JP Mc Mahon, featuring Poet Neil McCarthy
Event  11  
Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel

Michelin star chef, activist, author and founder of International Symposium ‘Food on the Edge’ and playwright ‘Irish Food – a play’, Irish times contributor, JP Mc Mahon will celebrate Irish cuts, every piece of them! He will be accompanied by Vienna based West Cork native poet Neil McCarthy who will entertain with his culinary poetry readings. His debut collection - Stopgap Grace - was published by Salmon Poetry in 2018 and subsequently shortlisted for the Shine Strong Best Collection Award.

Price €10.00

Chef’s Manifesto – There is no Planet B

Chef’s Manifesto – There is no Planet B
Event  12  
Venue: Courthouse – Meath County Council Stage

Chefs have an outsized influence on what the rest of us eat – too often that influence is used to promote diets that are not sustainable for our people or planet. The Chef’s Manifesto is building a community of chefs around the world, equipped with a simple set of actions to deliver a more sustainable and healthier food system for all. In this panel discussion, we will explore practical ways that cooks can bring sustainability to the core of their kitchens and the implications of that for us as customers. It will be curated by Founder of GIY, Michael Kelly who established a sustainable food business GROW HQ in Waterford which is now the Irish action hub for Chef’s Manifesto.  Joining Michael will be Conor Spacey, Culinary Director with Food Space and co-author of The Chef’s Manifesto; and renowned food writer and thought-leader John McKenna of the McKenna Guides.

Price €5.00

POTATO: DR MÁIRTÍN MAC CON IOMAIRE AND PÁDRAIC ÓG GALLAGHER, WITH MARIA FLYNN

POTATO:
Event  13  
Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel

A discussion and demo with Irish patriarchs of the potato Dr Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire and Pádraic Óg Gallagher & Heritage Potato Producer Maria Flynn of Ballymakenny Farm.

The session will trace the introduction of the immigrant potato from origin in South American origin, to its central position in Irish cuisine and culture. Discussion will span centuries taking in the famine, varieties of potato, methods of production at all levels of society, and will demonstrate how to make a number of quintessentially Irish potato dishes including Boxty, Champ, and Colcannon, all associated with an Samhain, including histories and information from the Irish Folklore Commission, songs, poetry and stories written about the humble spud!

Price €10.00

Poetry Reading at the BOOK MARKet café

Poetry Reading at the BOOK MARKet café

Event  14  

Venue: BOOK MARKet café

Described as being of “Equal parts showman and shaman“ Neil McCarthy has featured as a guest speaker in literary festivals, conferences, fringe festivals across Europe, in Australia, and the US. (See also Event 9). Neil will read some of his work in the intimate surrounding of the BOOK MARKet café.

Price €5.00

‘The Irish Paradox – The Island that doesn’t Eat Fish

Event  15  

Venue: Courthouse – Meath County Council Stage

Is Ireland the only island nation in the world in which seafood does not have a core position in the country's cuisine? Why have we not fully used and developed the resource that surrounds us?

Research from the Socio-Economic Marine Research Institute (SEMRI) Galway, shows while Ireland's 'blue economy' has grown more rapidly than the wider economy in recent years, it is still small.

We host a panel discussion with three Irish masters of the coast - Birgitta Curtin, Niall Sabongi & Sally Mc Kenna to look at the prospect of Ireland championing our status as a seafood island nation.

Price €5.00

CHEESE – The story of milk and farmhouse cheese

Event  16  

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel

Hosted by master Cheesemonger himself, Kevin Sheridan (Sheridan’s Cheesemongers) and local cheesemaker Michael Finnegan (Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheeses). Kevin will present Ireland's dairy and butter production history and more recently thriving Irish Farmhouse cheese culture. This event includes tastings of raw milk farm butter, some premium Irish cheeses, finishing with our own Boyne Valley blue talking to Michael about the reality of cheese making in Ireland today. Tasting will be accompanied by a beer pairing from Boyne Brewhouse, with beer expert Sally-Anne Cooney.

Price €20.00

Long Table Samhain Supper with Festival Guest Chefs

Event  17  

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel

A long table seasonal supper will celebrate the liminal time of Samhain with toasts, tales and tasting menu from the Boyne Valley by contributing visiting chefs.

Ticket includes dinner, drinks & tales.

Price €50.00

‘Meet the Miller’ at Martry Mill

‘Meet the Miller’ at Martry Mill

Event  30  

Venue: Martry Mill

Martry Mill has been grinding grain since 1641. The sustainable operation is thanks to fourth generation James Tallon who will give a fascinating insight into the culture of milling in Ireland. There will be an opportunity to ‘mill and fill’ your own bag of stone ground flour and join Chef Gerry Meade in cooking some beautiful bread, ready for the Sunday lunch table!

Free but ticketed

Price €0.00

Grow Cook Eat, with Michael Kelly

Grow Cook Eat, with  Michael Kelly

Event  18  

Venue: Courthouse – Meath County Council Stage

How to grow, cook and eat with your family through the year. This talk will inspire you to try growing your own food and give you the basics on how to do it successfully, focussing on practical tips from the speaker’s years of growing. Michael started to grow his own food when he realised some garlic he was buying was imported from China. What started as a garlic growing experiment became a life-time obsession with the joys and health and sustainability benefits of growing your own food. He will talk about getting started, working on your soil, key pests and will focus on some of his favourite veg to grow including beetroot, garlic (of course), tomatoes, courgettes and great salads.

Adult
€5.00
Child 4-10 yrs (free but ticketed)
€0.00

Our Table with Ellie Kisyombe

Our Table with Ellie Kisyombe

Event  19  

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel

Come and break bread, break down barriers and open up the conversation over brunch with Irish and International flavours celebrating the flavours of the Boyne Valley.

Our Table was founded by activist Ellie Kisyombe and Michelle Darmody, who met through a shared belief that a conversation needed to be started about Direct Provision, and the goal to facilitate change through conversation over food. Our Table is a community based, non-profit project that aims to create nurturing and empathic spaces where people can gain skills, are paid a wage and can gain knowledge of the Irish food industry.

All ticket proceeds will go to ‘Our Table’ organisation.

Price €25.00

Post Brexit Agri Food Landscape

Event  20  

Venue: Courthouse – Meath County Council Stage

The UK has a Halloween appointment with destiny – whatever form that takes. If it manifests as a ‘no deal’ implosion, Boris’s trick is unlikely to be Ireland’s treat. Journalist Deirdre Hurley with Minister of State Helen Mc Entee and Farming Correspondent Daragh Mc Cullough discuss the implications for Ireland of a (probable at the time of going to press) ‘crash out’ UK exit from the EU on the agri food sector and safe guarding the small independent food business that Ireland may hang it’s hat on for the future.

Price €5.00

Forgotten Skills with Darina Allen & the Smokin’ Butcher Hugh Maguire

Forgotten Skills with Darina Allen & the Smokin’ Butcher Hugh Maguire

Event  21  

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel

The doyenne of Irish Food, Darina Allen owns and runs the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Co Cork. Darina is a well-known cookbook author and television presenter. She writes weekly for the Irish Examiner and other occasional pieces as well as the leader of the East Cork Slow Food Convivium. Darina set up the first Farmers Market in Ireland on the Coal Quay in Cork in 1996, and has been a key activist in promoting organics, sustainable production and zero waste in the kitchen.

Darina will chat with the Smokin’ Butcher, Hugh Maguire, about some of the lost skills in Irish cooking. She will make a fresh black pudding with Hugh and this event will be followed by the Launch of the National Black Pudding Day.

Price €10.00

The Cool Food School

The Cool Food School

Event  22  

Venue: Courthouse Back Room

Terrific Tomatoes - a tomato story telling workshop (and so much more) for kids!

Deirdre from The Cool Food School is delighted to be bringing her interactive, innovative, healthy eating workshops to Hinterland this year. Deirdre has already shared her fun approach to food education with thousands of children across Ireland in schools and at events like Bloom, Taste of Donegal and Savour Kilkenny. A mum of 3, Deirdre is passionate about encouraging the next generation to explore food through their senses and open their minds to new tastes.

She will be bringing her popular “Terrific Tomatoes” workshop to Samhain this year. Suitable for kids from age 4+, they will get to listen to, touch, chop, peel and maybe even taste fresh food! There is a focus on where food comes from, what it looks like, how it sounds all done through a lovely story.

Price €5.00

Kells Walkabout Tour

Kells Walkabout Tour
Event  29  
Venue: Meet outside the Courthouse

Enjoy a guided walk about the beautiful heritage town of Kells, hosted by passionate and knowledgeable local volunteers.

Free but ticketed

Price €0.00

‘Food as Medicine’ DOMINI KEMP

‘Food as Medicine’
Event  23  
Venue: Courthouse – Meath County Council Stage

Domini Kemp, chef, food writer (including best selling cookbook ‘The Ketogenic Kitchen’) and restaurateur but after getting breast cancer in 2013 (and going through conventional treatment), became frustrated by the lack of interest and out of date information available about nutrition as a cancer patient. This led her to complete an MA in TUD in Food & Gastronomy after co-writing the best-selling cookbook. For many of us, food is our day-to-day medicine. It's not just about calories or eating for pleasure but also about healing, well-being and nourishment. We live in a society where there's a pill for every ill, but food and lifestyle interventions are not often prescribed by today's doctors. This is slowly changing with the introduction of Culinary Medicine into many US medical schools, could this eventually bring about much-needed change for the next generation of doctors?

Domini's talk will champion the idea of "food as medicine".

Price €5.00

The Zero Waste Kitchen: MAURICE MC GEEHAN

The Zero Waste Kitchen
Event  24  
Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel

Join Executive Chef Maurice Mc Geehan, for his Zero Waste Kitchen Cookery Demo as he shares tips and recipes so you can minimise food waste and maximise the use of the entire produce that comes into your kitchen, creating more tasty and sustainable menu options for your family.

Currently Executive Chef at Airbnb EMEA, Slow Food Community Manager and member of the National Chef Advisory Council with Chef Network, Maurice, from Co. Donegal, created a food program based in authentic healthy food, sourced from sustainable producers and suppliers, from within our own Irish shores, and he designed and implemented an in-house fermentation program, that is serving as a template for many other businesses in the country.

His aim is to create a sustainable and workable template that everyone can apply to their businesses and at home.

Price €10.00

A Tribute to Myrtle Allen

A Tribute to Myrtle Allen

Event  25  

Venue: Courthouse – Meath County Council Stage

When Myrtle Allen opened the doors of her home at Ballymaloe in 1964 and invited guests to ‘dine in a country house’, she hoped she would provide those who came with a reason to return and indeed she did. She also created a thriving rural business that has had influence far beyond its location in Co. Cork. A country house hotel, renowned for its delicious farm-to-table food long before the term was invented. Her endeavours also encouraged the founding of the Ballymaloe Cookery School by Darina and her brother Rory O'Connell in 1983. Sadly Myrtle passed away in June 2018 and in May 2018 her archive of papers was bequeathed to University College Cork by the Allen family. This presentation will celebrate the impact that Myrtle had on Irish Food Culture. There will be the opportunity to learn of some of Myrtle's best loved recipes and eminent food historian, Regina Sexton will be joined by Darina Allen, to give a talk on Myrtle Allen’s legacy.

Price €5.00

The Gluten Free Kitchen with Gearoid Lynch

The Gluten Free Kitchen with Gearoid Lynch

Event  26  

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel

Chef Proprietor of the Award Winning Olde Post Inn & Cookery School in Cavan, former Commissioner General for Euro Toques, Gearoid was diagnosed Coeliac only three years ago. He wrote this best selling book, ‘My Gluten Free Kitchen’ to demonstrate that life gluten free can still be enjoyed in the kitchen, ‘meals you miss, made easy’ is his slogan, he will demonstrate some favourites from his book to show just how it can be acheived.

Price €10.00

’Two Pints of Plain for the Bould Bloomin’ Bowsies’, by Aoife Carrigy

’Two Pints of Plain for the Bould Bloomin’ Bowsies’, by Aoife Carrigy

Event  27  

Venue: The Railway Bar

Take a glass-in-hand romp through a short literary history of Irish pubs and their high (and low) culture with food and drinks writer Aoife Carrigy as your guide, as she shares an eclectic depiction of the Irish pub as described by classic characters, from Bloom to Behan to Blindboy Boatclub. Aoife has an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature from UCD, where she first met Leopold Bloom. She is currently concluding post-graduate research into 'Cultural Representations of the Irish Pub’ at TU Dublin's National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies.

Price €15.00

Phone: 
089 436 9868
Address: 
Hinterland Festival Kells
Kells & District Chamber
Kells Business Park
Cavan Road
Kells
Co Meath
A82 E1C6
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