Kinsale gourmet festival adds ‘pepe’ to the menu

A TOP gourmet festival got a new “pepe” in its step last night.

Premium Spanish sherry Tio Pepe was confirmed as the first title sponsor of the Kinsale Gourmet Festival which will celebrate its 30th festival next month.

What began in 1976 as an end of season party for staff and suppliers will take place this year over three days and nights from October 6 to 8.

“We’re thrilled to be part of the longest running food festival in Ireland — our association with the festival goes back over 20 years,” said Michael Barry, of Tio Pepe distributors Barry and Fitzwilliam Maxxium.

Details of the festival were announced in Fishy Fishy Café last night.

TV host Derek Davis will launch the festival in the Trident Hotel.

“You then get to dine in a restaurant of your choice and you can return to the Nash Wines Festival Club at the Trident for late-night entertainment,” festival director Jack Walsh said.

The Beringer Mad Hatters Taste of Kinsale will take place on Saturday with 12 member restaurants participating in the events at four venues throughout the town.

“The escorted tour does the venue crawl, starting off with some bubbly at Actons to get in the party mood,” Mr Walsh said.

“Then it’s back to Actons for some light bites and entertainment at the Newport Knees Up and Gumbo Show.

“For those who still have a spring in their step, Saturday night will be the birthday party of the year at Acton’s Hotel with top European Jive and Swing Band the Jive Aces over from the UK at the official C&C Gourmet Birthday Party.”

The Concha Y Toro New England Lobster Bake and Buffet will take place on Sunday where every diner digs into a whole lobster, prepared Native American style by chefs from Newport, Rhode Island and Kinsale.

“Kinsale has faced the economic ups and downs of the past 30 years but it has always been about great food, great craic,” Mr Walsh said.

“Now with Tio Pepe supporting the festival we know the future is even brighter.”

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