Nessa Robins Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Last month I had the pleasure of going on a day trip with the Irish Food Writer's Guild. Kilkenny was our destination, and we were met with open arms by so many of the county's most enthusiastic and passionate food producers. Our day started in the beautiful Highbank Organic Farm. Julie and Rod treated us to a tour of their farm and their new distillery, where they produce the most delicious organic apple gin, schnapps and orchard spirit. While in Highbank we had the opportunity to meet, and have a chat, with some more Kilkenny food producers. We then popped by Thomastown's remarkable School of Food. They have an incredibly impressive facility and recently have launched their professional Level 5 certificate course. Our next stop was Goatsbridge Trout Farm, where Mag and Ger gave us the history of the farm and we even had the chance to catch a glimpse of their splendid school of trout. Our outing finished with a truly scrumptious meal at the magnificent Mount Juliet. Each bite of our meal was delectable. Kilkenny certainly is a stunning part of our country, with so much good food to offer. As a group we agreed we really had a marvellous time. I'm currently the social media officer for the Guild, but in general for any event my camera is always to hand. Here are just a few of the photos I captured on our memorable trip to Kilkenny.