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“The river walk starting from behind Kilkenny Castle all the way to Bennettsbridge is just gorgeous! Stunning nature as the river trickles along.” Distance/time: 12km, allow two to three hours.

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Delicious food, divine design – Trail Kilkenny hosts an Artisan Feast in The Mill at Nicholas Mosse Bennettsbridge on October 26th

Trail Kilkenny – the unique collective of walking, cycling, food and craft trails around County Kilkenny – hosts an Artisan Feast in typically stylish fashion, a long table dinner showcasing craft and food from Kilkenny County in Nicholas Mosse’s Mill at Bennettsbridge from 7.30pm on Sunday, October 26th.

Celebrating the food and craft culture of the black and amber county, the Trail Kilkenny long table dinner harnesses the splendid skills of food producers and artisan makers, not just with the delicious dinner menu, but also with the table décor, so from plates and glasses to cider and preserves, as many elements as possible have been hand crafted and produced in the county.

Bringing a flavour of Trail Kilkenny to dinner in an informal and pleasurable way, the producers and makers who participate in the various trails offered by this unique and imaginative organisation come together to provide a TASTE of Kilkenny through its food and drink and a sense of what’s MADE in Kilkenny through its craft.

Over 20 foodies will  feature on the menu of ‘delicious food’ plus nearly the same number of craft makers will contribute to the evening’s ‘divine design’ and guests will have a chance to meet and mingle with some of these food producers and craft makers; who will host the evening’s long table dinner.

The handsome Mill at Bennettsbridge will be alive with colour and texture, from gorgeous colourful throws from Cushendale Woollen Mills and gently glowing candles from Moth to a Flame. Delectable amuse-bouches, appetisers, mains, dessert assiettes and cheeses will be paired with attractive ceramics and hand thrown pottery with plates, ramekins, bowls and platters from Nicholas Mosse, Rosemarie Durr, Andrew Ludick, Mark Campden, Klaus Hartmann, Karen Morgan and Ray Power of Castle Arch Pottery. Hand crafted ceramic jugs from Caroline Dolan of The Bridge Pottery and beautiful handblown jugs and glasses from Jerpoint Glass will be on the table, all created by crafters on the MADE in Kilkenny Trail.

Guests will enjoy a feast created using produce from members of TASTE of Kilkenny along with produce from emerging producers, including ingredients from Goatsbridge Trout Farm, Knockdrinna cheeses, Lavistown sausages, Mary Walshe’s duck, Ryeland House Cookery School’s quiches and Chilli Jam, Second Nature rapeseed oils, Sarah’s Honey from Mileeven, Glasraí & Goodies brownies with Cramers Grove ice cream, Slice of Heaven’s macaroons, Truffle Fairy chocolates and Heike Kahle’s willow bread baskets filled with Tess’s wholemeal bread and The Speltbakers spelt bread with country butter by Breda McDonald (of ICA Bootcamp fame!).

Wines on the night will be provided by Kilkenny city’s Le Caveau with juices from Mosse’s and ciders from Highbank Orchards.

With the opportunity to talk in detail to food producers and craftspeople about their passion for what they do, while surrounded by marvellous handmade objects from MADE and an absolute banquet of tastings from the TASTE of Kilkenny Food Trail, the long table dinner from Trail Kilkenny will be a sensory feast and a celebration of skill, talent and hospitality!

The evening is a highlight of the 2014 Savour Festival programme which runs in Kilkenny from Friday 24th – Monday 27th October. Visit the Festival website on for full programme details

The Trail Kilkenny Long Table Artisan Dinner in the Mill at Nicholas Mosse, Bennettsbridge is at 7.30 p.m. on Sunday October 26th costs €60 per person, and places are very limited. Tickets are available from Trail Kilkenny. Contact Harry Everard tel 056 7752111 email Bus transport available from Kilkenny City  – please enquire at time of booking.


The Gazette Group, 7th November 2013, Jessica Maile
Happy Trails in Kilkenny
“A trip to Thomastown is worth the visit where numerous artisan establishments are grouped together. Meet Brid Lyons in her shop Clay Creations and watch her make her sculptures. Close by is the Karen Morgan Porcelain studio and graft galley, where you can view her creations and watch her work in her studio.”
“What could be better than to eat your way around Kilkenny? This trail allows you to travel the county to find home-grown and specialist eateries unique to Kilkenny.”
“The Truffle Fairy on Chapel Lane may just be heaven. Mary Teehan has been making handcrafted chocolates and truffles since 2005 and is a winner of many Great Taste Awards. This is a shop for chocolate lovers everywhere.”
“Throughout Kilkenny you will find home grown artisan specialties such as Lavistown Sausages, Knockdrina cheese, Goatsbridge smoked trout and a truly refreshing cider from Highbanks Orchard.”
“The North Kilkenny Cycle Loop has two separate loops of 27km and 82km for the more experienced cyclist. Cycle from Kilkenny City to Castlecomer and back via Freshford. These two loops can take from 1.5 to six hours of pure cycling heaven from the laneways and villages of Northern Kilkenny.”

Image Interiors , November 2013, Nathalie Marques Courtney
Blazing a Trail

Image-Interiors-Trail-Kilkenny2-150x150“Trail Kilkenny has been developing these leisurely routes since 2007. Whether you fancy quiet walks that end curled up with a particularly good cup of tea, or exerting hikes that culminate in breathtaking mountain-top views, there are dozens of combinations, allowing you to pick and mix from an impressively vast array of pit stops based on your mood and appetite.”
“We scoffed down Lavistown sausages smeared with delicious onion marmalade, Knockdrinna cheese (the same variety that was served to the Queen on her visit), and Goatsbridge trout, all washed down with a glass of warm Highbank Orchards “medieval cider.” – a beautiful organic cider, sweetened with fresh honey.”
“As dusk fell, we headed into the city and entered the studio of Rudolf Hetzel, a jewellery maker who landed in Kilkenny in 1966 and never left. Hetzel’s son Christopher speaks so passionately about traditional jewellery-making that it’s impossible not to swoon.”
“The next day started with a visit to Anne Neary’s home and cookery school to bake some bread. The local legend is a much-loved doyenne of the Kilkenny foodie scene, and was heavily involved in the recent Savour Kilkenny food festival. Her engaging, lively teaching style could put even the most timid cooks at ease”
“Relaxed, full and laden down with goodies, not even the clatter of roadworks could dampen our spirits.”

Metro Herald, 22nd October 2013, Aaron Dunne
Plenty for foodies to savour in Kilkenny

1metro-herald“All her food, of course is locally sourced, from places such as Goatsbridge, a premium Irish trout farm located just outside Thomastown. It specialises in smoked trout and has recently released a stunning and unique range of caviar. Keep your eye out for that one.”
“Lavistown House, meanwhile, is another location already well- renowned for its top quality artisan food. Once best known for its cheese, its new range of sausages are proving a massive hit.”
“There are so many things to do around Kilkenny – from afternoon tea and scones with Brede Thomas at Ballyduff House ( to trying the multi award-winning chocolate of Mary Teehan in Thomastown – and it’s not all down to filling your belly.”
“ A number of trails and walks, cycling trips and hikes, and a list of all the many local and arts and crafts specialists to visit, such as Mark Campden and Caroline Dolan, will help to kepp those calories off.”

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Notes to Editors

There is a fantastic range of easily accessible, high quality walking, cycling, food and craft trails for visitors to County Kilkenny, with Trail Kilkenny trails full of taste and flavour, full of sights, sounds and textures, full of history, culture and beauty, to be experienced on two wheels, in a car, or on your own two feet. Most importantly, Trail Kilkenny trails are designed to be experienced through the passion and commitment of local producers, residents and craftspeople, who help to make an adventure of every day spent in Kilkenny.

You will find the full range of trails including walking and cycling trails as well as TASTE of Kilkenny Food Trail and MADE in Kilkenny Craft Trail here on
View the trails, download trail maps and pdf’s of each of the trail guides plus the free Trail Kilkenny App.

You can also follow Trail Kilkenny on Twitter on @trailkilkenny or on Facebook at or pick up one of the free maps and guides available in many tourism and hospitality outlets around the county.


Gillian Duke
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