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Samhain Food Festival

A Culinary and Cultural Feast, November 5th - 7th 2021.

HInterland Festival Kells, the now well-established festival of Arts & Literature has teamed up with the thriving Boyne Valley Flavours food movement in the region to bring a hybrid weekend of discussion, cooking, culture, poetry, drama and of course food! The weekend will reflect the seasonal choice of date and is titled ‘Samhain – 5,000 years of Irish Food and Culture.

Following on from a very successful inaugural festival in 2019 (‘Best New Food Festival in Ireland’ by the McKenna Guides) and a virtual version in 2020, the 2021 Festival offers visitors oodles of fantastic events to attend over the 3 days including

cookery demos, food & drink tastings, farm tours, producer visits, farmer’s markets, panel discussions, kids workshops, long table suppers, poetry readings & more featuring award winning chefs, best selling cookery cook authors, culinary experts, food writers & thought leaders in sustainability and agriculture

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Throughout the weekend Samhain welcomes a plethora of well known chefs, food writers and culinary experts including John and Sally McKenna, Darina Allen, Aoife Carrigy, Kristin Jensen, Lily Rameriz-Foran, Gaz Smith, Rick Higgins, Nicola Brady, Dee Laffan, Kevin Sheridan, Russell Alford and Patrick Hanlon AKA GastroGays, Philip Boucher Hayes, Darragh McCullough and Tara Walker to mention just a few, who will host events including cookery demos, panel discussions, farm walks among others.


Saturday night will see a very special ‘Samhain Supper’ with student Chefs from various culinary colleges creating a stunning feast using the very best of Boyne Valley ingredients for an event that involves celebrating the subliminal time that is Samhain with toasts, tales and special performances.

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Hinterland Festival of Literature and the Arts is among the most prominent literary festivals in Ireland. Each year over four days, Kells welcomes writers, readers, history buffs, music lovers and artists.  Part of Hinterland's appeal is due to it's children's programme - no other arts and literary festival is as family friendly as Kells.  On the "fringe" there are art and antique exhibitions, a Lit Crawl and music nights.   


See you all next June – Put the dates in your diary. Hinterland 2022 23-26 June.

Kells Type Trail...


Turning Kells into a Canvas of Type


Through a series of collaborations local artist Mark Smith and his creative team at Kells Type Trail transform our historic  streetscape into a canvas of type celebrating typography and lettering as a modern art form. Each year one chosen word is translated into a variety of languages reflecting the diversity of the community in Kells.  Thirty indoor and outdoor art installations form a walking trail around the town.  As one piece is chosen as a legacy piece every year the longterm objective of creating a permanent Type Trail presence is now in it's eleventh year.​

A message from Mark 2021

"As everyone can imagine everything has been knocked out of sync with Covid 19.  It has created loss and changed everything we thought of as normal for the time being.  To feel more secure in our surroundings and give the artists the peace of mind that their work will receive the public interaction it deserves, this year's Type Trail will begin August 12th continuing  for 6 weeks.   Stay Safe and see you all in mid August,  Kells Type Trail".

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The pre-Christian and early Christian worlds are evoked as the lantern parade winds it's way through ancient narrow streets and through the monastic site.  The event which takes place in early December each year features giant lanterns, street performers, picturesque live crib, carolling monks and Santa Claus.  With and emphasis on the sacred and magical, the theme of the children bringing the light of Christmas to the town generates huge participation by the local community. Coinciding with St Colmcille's birth on December 7th, the festival imbues St. Colmcille and his monks contribution to keeping the light of learning alive in Europe during the Dark Ages.


Guth Gafa International Film Festival


The wonderful chapels of the Old Convent host Guth Gafa International Film Festival.   In intimate surroundings the documentaries screened arouse discussion and debate.  With family screenings, workshops and Guth Gafa's trademark of all filmmakers in attendance to present their film and discuss them with the audiences makes Guth Gafa the most unique documentary film event in Ireland.

Guth Gafa 2021 dates to be confirmed.