Samhain – a Gaelic seasonal festival which marks the end of the harvest season & the beginning of winter or darker half of the year. It is said Samhain marked that time when the veil between this world & the otherworld thinned & spirits could pass over more easily; & so were appeased with offerings of food & drink, thus ensuring the people & their livestock survived the dark days ahead. A festival of great gatherings & feasts, welcoming others to the table, words exchanged for food & drink, contests were held & sacrifices were made.
Samhain Festival for 2023 (Thursday 02nd to Sunday 05th November) takes many of these elements to the Heritage Town of Kells, Co Meath; for a magnificent weekend celebrating the coming together of 5,000 years of Irish Food & Culture. More than just a means of survival, the food we eat and our attitude to it, is influenced by external factors along with tradition, family our beliefs and practices. The Samhain Festival of Food & Culture will take you on an exploratory journey, a feast for enjoyment and curiosity, with a great line up of Chefs & Food Writers; Cookery Demonstrations; Farm Tours; Farmers Markets; street artists; meet the makers; children's workshops and plenty of lovely food tastings!
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.