Lo­cal events for whiskey fes­ti­val

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

POWERSCOUR­T Dis­tillery will host two events in the forth­com­ing Fes­ti­val of Ir­ish Whiskey, an­nounced by Ir­ishWiskey3­60 and Taste the Is­land.

There will be around 40 events and pro­mo­tions around Ire­land from Oc­to­ber 10 to 13. There will be a guided tour and tast­ing master­class at Powerscour­t Dis­tillery on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 10, then whiskey tast­ing and food pair­ing on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 12.

An­drew Doyle TD, Min­is­ter of State for Food, Forestry and Hor­ti­cul­ture, un­veiled the sched­ule last week.The planned events and pro­mo­tions range across free and dis­counted tours, open days, whiskey tastings and food pair­ings, cooper­age demon­stra­tions, meet the dis­tillers talks and much more. There is a range of free and tick­eted events.

Min­is­ter Doyle said that 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.

‘I am very pleased to see that in 2018 there were 923,000 vis­i­tors to Ir­ish whiskey dis­til­leries, up 13 per cent com­pared to 2017 and up 41 per cent com­pared to 2015, with the num­ber of vis­i­tors set to ex­ceed one mil­lion in 2019, thus en­sur­ing that the in­dus­try re­mains a sig­nif­i­cant em­ployer both di­rectly and in­di­rectly through its sup­port of the Ir­ish tourism, agri­cul­tural pro­duc­ers, the agri-food sec­tor and the ru­ral econ­omy,’ said Min­is­ter Doyle.

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