The National Craft Gallery and the Kilkenny Castle Yard provided the backdrop for the opening of the 2014 Savour Kilkenny Food Festival earlier this evening.

Festival chair Ger Mullally got the proceedings underway before 6.30pm on an evening that also included the launch of Something In The Tin, a brand new book from local producer and Savour co-founder Olivia Goodwillie. John McKenna (McKenna’s Guides) did the honours, describing Olivia as a ‘maverick’ comparable to the likes of Myrtle Allen and Veronica Steele.

Savour Kilkenny Food Art Competition 2014
Ben Lanigan’s winning entry ‘Pumpk-Inn’ =, part of this year’s student Savour Kilkenny Food Art Competition 2014

The night also unveiled the winners of this year’s Glanbia-sponsored Food Art Competition, with St. Kieran’s College student Ben Lanigan and Kilkenny College student Jennifer both receiving new iPads as the winners in their respective categories.

Mayor Andrew McGuinness had the final word, praising the work of the organisers, the themes in this year’s festival and in keeping things short and sweet, declaring the 8th annual Savour Kilkenny open.

Photos: Savour Kilkenny Opening

Photos: Savour Kilkenny Food Art Competition

Check out this year’s festival programme in full here.