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Launch of the 35th Bollinger Gourmet Festival 7th-9th October 2011


Roman Minihane, The White Lady; Martin Shanahan, Fishy Fishy Cafe; Maria O’ Mahony, Kinsale Good Food Circle; Hal McElroy, Trident Hotel. Picture Dan Linehan / Courtesy of Irish Examiner

Alice is dusting off her headband and checking out the whereabouts of the Dormous who has been seen “hopping” around Kinsale in recent times… much to the dismay of the White Rabbit who say’s that is His job!!  The March Hare just keeps on checking his watch to see ‘how many more sleeps until this year’s Bollinger Gourmet Festival???

Don’t miss the big event, 7 – 9 Oct 2011.  This year sees the return of the Strauss “Bolly” Ball….. Yes Darlings lot’s of lovely Bolly, it’s going to be an Absolutely Fabulous weekend!!

Expect fun, frolics and some fantastic food and wines at this years 35th Bollinger Kinsale Gourmet Festival to be held on 7th – 9thOctober this year.

The Official Friday Opening includes a Bollinger Champagne reception with canapés from the Good Food Circle, followed by a dine-around amongst some of Kinsale’s finest restaurants. The opening event concludes with a ‘Bolly Ball’ with music from the Strauss Orchestra.

‘We are delighted to continue to be involved in the Kinsale Gourmet Festival which has such a prestige within Ireland and we are looking forward to our first ever Bollinger Champagne Ball in Kinsale’ comments Philippe Menguy of Bollinger ‘ I for one am looking forward to coming to such a beautiful part of the Country and tasting what they have to offer.’

Visitors can expect to experience a variety of different events over the course of the weekend. Cookery demonstrations from top chefs, as well as Dining out at the GFC restaurant of their choice as part of the package. Participating Restaurants  include Restaurant D’Antibes, The Blue Haven,The Captains Table @ Actons Hotel, Crackpots, Jim Edwards, Maxs Wine Bar, Man Friday, Pier One @ The Trident Hotel, Toddies, White Lady, Jolas and Fishy Fishy.

The main event on the Saturday is the ‘Mad Hatters Taste of Kinsale’ and the festival concludes on Sunday with a ‘Fruits de Mer’ luncheon supervised by Kinsale’s own celebrity chef, Martin Shanahan of Fishy Fishy, a superb four course seafood extravaganza, complemented by delicious wines from Torres Mas Rabell.

For a full program events and ticket prices check out or log on to to see pictures of previous events (you might even recognise someone!)

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