Powerscourt Distillery offers an array of tasting pleasures, which does not end with the whiskey. We are delighted to announce that we will be extending our very successful Whiskey and Food pairing experience in the coming weeks and months. Our in-house Food Historian & Food and Beverage specialist Santina Kennedy, has developed a Food and Whiskey Pairing experience, incorporating carefully selecting high-quality Irish artisan foods products to provide a delectable accompaniment to our Fercullen range of whiskeys.
Inspired by the quality of the Ferullen range of whiskeys and the history and location of the Powerscourt Distillery, she has chosen foods that reflect that history, legacy and the innovation of local food producers.
The food and whiskey pairings include Irish Farmhouse Cheeses in a variety of styles and textures, including some local Wicklow cheese. There’s also a selection of Irish charcuterie, cured using traditional methods by artisan producers. Irish crackers, local breads, Wicklow honey and other accompaniments add to the ‘food story’. Sweet treats include a small selection of Irish made biscuits, many of them gluten-free, locally baked cakes, such as the Fercullen fruit cake steeped in whiskey. The Fercullen Whiskey Ice cream is the perfect dessert, and there is a large selection of locally made chocolates. Powerscourt Distillery is uniquely positioned to showcase local produce with six carefully appointed individual tasting rooms available for private and corporate hire, pre and post-wedding events, high-end AV lounge, and retail areas which are open to the public for tours and tastings.
Joining the Powerscourt Distillery team in 2019, Santina brings a wealth of experience from Irish food and hospitality, having run her own award-winning Irish food business for many years, where she championed local and Irish food producers.
Building on her education in Food Science, she recently completed an MA in Gastronomy and Food Studies at TU Dublin. Santina’s research and interests focus on the history of Irish food and hospitality, beverage culture, and folk customs associated with Irish food and farming. She has also developed a Food and Folklore Tour at Powerscourt Distillery which takes guests through the history of Irish food and drinks culture from ancient Ireland to the modern-day.
Santina represents Powerscourt Distillery on the Wicklow Naturally food and drinks network, which showcases local food and drink producers in the Garden County. She chairs the ‘Tell the Wicklow Story’ committee for this group which aims to promote the best of Wicklow food and drink to a local, national and international audience through media and events.
A native of County Wicklow, Santina has a personal interest in the heritage of her workplace. Her ancestors worked in the Mill House when it was a central part of farming life on the Powerscourt Estate over hundreds of years.