Taste of Kildare Returns to the Curragh Races

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The autumn Curragh Racing will also become a foodie haven for racegoers. Into Kildare, the tourism body for the county has launched ‘Taste of Kildare’ which will be held at the Curragh Racecourse during the Autumn Festival of Racing (24-25 September). The home of the classics, The Curragh will be transformed into a foodie heaven. Racegoers will be offered the opportunity to taste some of the country’s best food.  

Taste of Kildare Returns to the Curragh Races

Taste of Kildare will be run by Into Kildare which has invited an eclectic mix of well-known local chefs, restaurants, food producers and artisan food innovators to showcase their produce. 

The two-day event will allow racegoers the chance to sample delectable dishes from restaurants and hospitality outlets including, the 4-star Killashee Hotel, Barberstown Castle, Fallon’s of Kilcullen and Harte’s of Kildare among many more. 

The first day of Taste of Kildare, Saturday 24 September will run on the same day as the prestigious Goffs Millions, Europe’s richest race for two-year-olds. It will be themed ‘Born and Bred in Kildare’ and will feature food stands and food trucks that will showcase the best locally produced products. Racegoers will have the chance to sample and purchase artisan products while also having the opportunity to taste signature dishes prepared by the county’s best-known food outlets. 

Taste of Kildare
Food heaven at The Curragh

A Culinary Experience in the St. Leger Suite

Day 2 of the festival will run on The Friends of the Curragh Irish Cesarewitch race day, Sunday, 25 September. A unique opportunity awaits racegoers and food lovers as the premier Leger Suite will set the scene for a magnificent culinary experience. Guests can enjoy a truly memorable lunch as seven of Co. Kildare’s best-known and loved restaurants will prepare a 7-course tasting menu. 

Each of the dishes will reflect the personality and style of the food outlet and will offer guests the chance to sample dishes created by multi-award-winning chefs. Located on the 3rd floor of the iconic Aga Khan Grandstand, The Leger Suite enjoys superb views of the parade ring, finish line and panoramic views across the Curragh track and famous Curragh plains. 

Taste of Kildare
Curragh Racing – Irish Cesarewitch Day, The Curragh Racecourse, Newbridge, Kildare 10/10/2021 Annalise Cullen on Loingseoir wins The Bord Na Mona Recycling Apprentice Handicap Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Supported by Local Enterprise Office

Áine Mangan (CEO, of Into Kildare) said, “We are much looking forward to the return of the Taste of Kildare as a live event this year. After two years of various lockdowns and restrictions, it’s wonderful for people to have the chance to gather again and enjoy delicious food and drink.

Taste of Kildare is being sponsored by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) which is a big supporter of the food and drink industry in the county. Tickets for Taste of Kildare are priced from €15 and include race day entry (children under 18 are free, accompanied by an adult).  

Tickets for the Ultimate Taste of Kildare Experience in the Leger Restaurant will launch soon. For more information and to buy tickets see here. If you are a food producer, hotel or restaurant and want to take part in Taste of Kildare please email [email protected].

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Joan Scales
Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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