Waterford Harvest Festival is renowned for championing the great producers of the South-East region and this year will be no different.
The festival, which takes place from September 8th to 10th, is introducing new restaurant events to better showcase local produce, while still retaining their jam-packed programme of tasty, family-focused, fun-filled events.
The opening event, The Banquet on the Mall, is a collaborative celebration of local producers as chefs Darren Collins of The Olive Tree Restaurant, Shane McGrath of the Cliff House and The Seagull Bakery’s Fergal Walsh prepare a sumptuous five course meal at the Olive Tree on the Mall.
Owner Trevor Prendergast is looking forward to bringing this unique communal dining experience to the festival, saying: “This event really highlights the breadth and calibre of produce we have on our doorstep, with a menu consisting of glazed pigs head, whole Comeragh lamb, BBQ oysters and lobsters and sourdough flat breads, all sourced from within the county.”
La Boheme Restaurant welcomes the owner and head chef of Miyazaki in Cork, Takashi Miyazaki. One of Japan’s most exciting and innovative chefs will prepare an unforgettable Japanese dining experience.
An advocate of Japanese cooking, Miyazaki’s philosophy is to introduce its delights to many, commenting: “There are so many types of Japanese food. It is like a treasure box. I want people to enjoy the real flavours of Japan.”
The Granary Café in the bustling city centre will serve up a sophisticated Afternoon Tea, consisting of sandwiches, tasty pastries and delectable desserts made from the freshest local produce.
Dooley’s Hotel will host the ever-popular Love Local Lunch, whilst Burzza, in its inimitable style, is preparing a pizza/burger and craft beer pairing weekend.
Already sold out, the closing event of the Harvest Festival is the Bay Tree Bistro’s Grand Finale. This “Three Sisters” themed event features owner and chef Keith Boyle, alongside Billy Whitty of Aldridge Lodge, Paul Hynes of La Côte Seafood Restaurant and Michelin starred chef, Ken Harker of the Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet. Each chef will create a course showcasing their individual talents, unique flair and love of food.
The weekend will also be peppered with an eclectic range of free family, fun and food infused events, including festival markets, a Blaa Eating Competition, music on the Mall Stage, harvest readings at the Book Centre, coffee roasting and much more.
For more information, visit www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie or stay up-to-date by checking out #WaterfordHarvest on Facebook and Twitter.