Andrew Doyle, Minister of State Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, has today (01 October) unveiled the schedule for the Festival of Irish Whiskey, which takes place from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 October, 2019.
The four-day festival will feature nearly 40 events and promotions in distilleries, brand homes and Irish whiskey visitor centres across the country and in conjunction with the on-trade drinks industry.
The Festival of Irish Whiskey forms part of Fáilte Ireland’s Taste the Island campaign and is being co-ordinated by IrishWhiskey360°, the new brand and home for Irish whiskey tourism.
"The partnering of IrishWhiskey360°, with Taste the Island, realises the FoodWise 2025 commitment that Industry and state agencies should work collaboratively to develop an Irish Whiskey and food pairing trail as a major tourist attraction and to differentiate Irish food and drink produce, while also celebrating the rich heritage of Irish Whiskey," Minister Doyle stated.
Highlights from the festival includes: Hidden Dublin Whiskey Tasting Tour across various locations in Dublin city, Slane Irish Whiskey at the Kilkenny Whiskey Guild in Bridie's Bar, Kilkenny, Lambay & Walsh Whiskey tasting evening in the Stags Head, Dublin, Athlone Whiskey Walking Tour, Co.Westmeath and also Clonakilty Distillery Open Day, Co.Cork.
'No. 1 Whiskey Destination'
Overall the festivals offerings range across free and discounted tours, which offers visitors a chance to explore the places, meet the people and experience the processes behind the making of Irish whiskey.
“IrishWhiskey360° aims to make Ireland the No. 1 destination in the world for whiskey tourism," William Lavelle, head of Irish Whiskey Association in Drink Ireland.
"By partnering with Taste the Island to run this Festival of Irish Whiskey, we hope open-up Irish whiskey to more visitors than ever.”
To see the full schedule visit here.
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