THE new two-day Curragh Autumn Festival of Racing in late September hasn’t received a huge amount of attention yet but we’re betting it will be a winner.
Feature race on the opening day (Saturday, September 24th) is the Goffs Million and the main event on the second day is the €600,000 Irish Cesarewitch.
Off the track, the Curragh has teamed up with Co Kildare’s tourism body, Into Kildare, to provide racegoers with a ‘Taste of Kildare’ that weekend.
Some well-known Kildare chefs, restaurants, food producers and artisan food innovators have been invited to showcase their produce at the races.
Among the eateries signed up are Killashee Hotel, Barberstown Castle, Fallon’s of Kilcullen and Harte’s of Kildare.
The ‘Born and Bred in Kildare’-themed event will feature food stands and food trucks showcasing the best locally produced cuisine.
Racegoers will have the chance to sample and purchase artisan products while also having the opportunity to taste signature dishes prepared by Kildare’s best known food outlets.
If you’d rather dine in a more refined setting, the racecourse is offering a seven-course tasting menu in its Leger Suite, with the food prepared by seven well-known local restaurants.
General admission tickets are available now for €15 (they will be €20 on the day). Children under 18 are free, accompanied by an adult. Tickets for the Ultimate Taste of Kildare Experience in the Leger Restaurant will launch soon.