Workshops for budding cupcake decorators and truffle makers at Carlow Culinary Christmas on Saturday, December 8

Kelly Lou Cakes


GREAT bakers, cupcake decorators, chocolatiers and truffle makers of the future will get top tips from the experts at fun-filled, cupcake decorating and chocolate truffle making workshops running at Carlow’s Visual on Saturday, December 8, as part of the mouth-watering Carlow Culinary Christmas programme.

Renowned baker and owner of Kelly Lou Cakes, Café and Boutique Bakery, Kelly Ging, will share her Christmas cupcake decorating skills and tips with children aged 5 to 12 years during two workshops which run at Visual at 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Each class is limited to just 10 eager decorators and every child will decorate and bring home a box of six cupcakes, a recipe card and certificate of completion. All children must be accompanied by one lucky adult who attends for free. The cost per child is just €10 and places are booking up fast.

Sisters, Karen and Natalie Keane, are passionate about everything to do with chocolate and their chocolate truffle-making workshops with Bean and Goose Craft Chocolate are also set to be a sell-out success. They run at 12 noon, and again at 3pm.

The ten lucky participants will create their own piece of chocolate heaven and will craft up to 5 truffles each to bring home, along with a recipe card and a certificate of completion. Again, the entry cost is just €10; the classes are open to children aged 5 to 12 and every child must be accompanies by an adult, who attends for free.

Carlow Culinary Christmas is a Carlow Local Enterprise Office initiative and Head of Enterprise, Kieran Comerford, said the workshops are always a huge hit. “So many of our great bakers, chefs, food producers and more, all showed great passion and flare from a young age. It’s something we hear over and over again. We’re confident that these workshops will inspire the great bakers and chocolatiers of the future.

“Carlow has a fantastic food culture that continues to evolve and is creating an ever increasing number of jobs in the sector. We’re delighted that this year’s Carlow Culinary Christmas programme again includes workshops and events for everyone. The fact that places are limited to just 10 children for each workshop means that everyone will get hands-on help, tips, advice and the encouragement they need.”

Carlow Culinary Christmas runs from December 6 to 8 at Visual. This year’s festive programme includes a feast of demonstrations, stalls, free give-aways and more. Fishy Fish’s Martin Shanahan takes to the stage for the opening night on Thursday, December 6. Rachel Allen is the VIP chef on Friday, December 7 and a fun-filled evening of side-splitting laughter and more is promised as comedian, Karl Spain, hosts a celebrity cook-off on Saturday, December 8.Tickets for all the demonstrations are available through the Visual Box Office.

The fabulous food village also opens nightly and will feature all ingredients for a festive feast, great food gifts and everything you could possibly want to make it a culinary Christmas like no other. It also affords local people and visitors to Carlow for the three day event an opportunity to chat directly with the producers and hear about the passion, the craft and the work that goes into all of their goods.



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