Savour Kilkenny, rock ‘n’ roll choc­cies & San Fran street food are on this fort­night’s menu. Eat­ing his words: STU­ART CLARK

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It’s road trip time as Hot Flavours heads to Savour Kilkenny, which is run­ning from Oc­to­ber 27-30 in the Mar­ble City.

One of the fes­ti­val’s star turns is David

Gil­lick, the 400 me­tre-run­ning Olympian turned healthy food guru whose From The

Track To The Ta­ble Cook­book is a must-have. Along with mat­ters of a culi­nary na­ture, the first Ir­ish Celebrity Mas­terChef win­ner gave us the in­side scoop on Usain Bolt when we met him re­cently.

“I first en­coun­tered Usain at the Juniors in Ja­maica in 2002,” David re­calls. “It was my first in­ter­na­tional and this guy, who was two years younger than me, was al­ready phe­nom­e­nal. Ob­vi­ously, over the course of his ca­reer, he got faster and faster and dom­i­nated his op­po­nents. Usain’s a freak; he’s tall, lean, has the long­est legs and just epit­o­mises what an ath­lete should be. He has the per­son­al­ity to match, and has tran­scended his sport in terms of ev­ery­body know­ing who he is.”

David is in Kilkenny on the Satur­day to give his One Pot Fits All! demo.

The Grey­stones, County Wick­low na­tive who helped sign The Killers to their first UK record deal with Lizard King, Síona Ryan, has reivented her­self as an ar­ti­san choco­latier whose Wake Me Up Be­fore You Go Go Espresso Ganaches and Cham­pagne Su­per­nova Marc de Cham­pagne Caramels – there’s a theme de­vel­op­ing here! – graced ta­bles last week at the Q Awards in Lon­don.

That’s not the only Oa­sis con­nec­tion with Síona danc­ing in one of their early videos. Her

COCOFAN good­ies are avail­able from the likes of Avoca and The But­ler’s Pantry.

Hav­ing as­sessed qual­ity, af­ford­abil­ity and the num­ber of food fes­ti­vals, winer­ies and craft brew­eries per capita, Wal­letHub has de­clared

San Fran­cisco to be the US’ Best Foodie City, with Port­land, New York, Los An­ge­les and Mi­ami mak­ing up the rest of the top 5.

If you’re San Fran-bound, make sure to check out the Roli Roti Gourmet Ro­tis­serie, a Ferry Plaza food truck whose Porchetta Sand­wich is a thing of car­niv­o­rous beauty.

Hav­ing last month opened The Wick­ham

Tap in Lim­er­ick – make sure to say “howaya” to Emma, the best bar­keep in the world when you go in! – the Gal­way Bay Brewery is mak­ing its Belfast bow with North­ern Lights, an ar­ti­sanal-minded es­tab­lish­ment housed in the old Brew­bot build­ing on the Ormeau Road.

Siona Ryan, a flour pow­ered David Gil­lick & pig­ging out on Porchetta at Roli Roti

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