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10th All Ireland Chowder Weekend 3rd to 5th April 2020 (POSTPONED)

** The “2020 All Ireland Chowder Weekend” has now been postponed due to the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 virus situation.  **

Who makes the best chowder in Ireland?

Come down for our 10th all Ireland chowder weekend  Friday to Sunday, 3rd to 5th of April 2020

Following on from their hugely successful inaugural Veuve Clicquot Restaurant Week, Kinsales’ Good Food Circle are preparing to hosts our annual all Ireland Chowder weekend from April 3-5th April 2020 at Acton’s marquee.

Competing will be some of the best chefs in Ireland to win the coveted Crown of Ireland’s best Chowder with over 25 finalists, following a series of heats in individual counties.

It all started 10 years ago with a one-day event it has now grown to over a 4-day festival. Commencing on Thursday night with a fashion show in aid of Kinsale Youth Support Services. On Saturday our much-loved street feast kicks off at 1 – 4 pm, with an array of entertainers including stilt walkers, balloon makers and trad bands.

Joining us again this year will be the Wild Atlantic Way Craft Beer and Distillery Festival from 4 pm in the Marquee featuring craft beer and spirits from all along the wild Atlantic way with music from local bands.

The headline events is the Clona sponsored All Ireland Chowder cook off, with a part of it being the Kinsale Kids Kitchen Takeover programme involved for the first time, the competition starts from 2-4 pm in the marquee in Actons Hotel.

With a couple of new entrants this year, one from Ocho tapas in Antrim, Shantully Inn in Cavan and McCafferty’s in Donegal, returning competitors from Quinlan’s Seafood in Kerry, Scholars Town in Louth and Bridge House Hotel in Offaly to name but a few who will be competing to take the title, €1000 prize money, Kinsale Gourmet Weekend tickets and our Derek Davis Perpetual trophy.

Who decides the winner of the chowder competition, you do. In this unique atmosphere and fantastic aromas of over 25 chowders bubbling away, with over 1000 people voting last year the winner is truly the people’s choice. Tickets will be available at the door from 1 pm for €15.

The Good Food Circle is made up of 11 restaurants and was set up in 1976 namely being Fishy Fishy, The Bulman, The White Lady, Finns Table, The Blue Haven Hotel, Actons Hotel, Jim Edwards, The White House, The Supper Club, Man Fridays, and the Trident Hotel, all joined together with the one aim of producing top quality food in the beautiful setting of Kinsale.

Currently, the Good Food Circle organizes 4 events each year being the annual Gourmet festival in October now in its 44th year, Kids Kitchen Takeover in November, Kinsale Restaurant Week in February and lastly the All Ireland Chowder weekend.

The full list of finalists (subject to change) : Antrim, Wicklow, Cork, Leitrim, Kildare, Louth, Donegal, Longford, Offaly, Cavan, Kerry, Waterford, Tipperary, Westmeath, Limerick, Galway and Dublin.

Full Programme

Thursday 7.30 pm – Fashion [email protected] The Marquee

Saturday 1-4 pm – Kinsale Street Feast

Saturday 4 pm – Wild Atlantic Way Craft Beer & Distillery Festival

Sunday 2-4 pm – The All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off.

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POSTPONED : 2020 Kinsale Chowder Festival

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