Many of Ireland’s finest chefs and fine food producers and enthusiasts will meet in the beautiful coastal town of Dungarvan from 21st-23rd April to celebrate the 10th birthday of the West Waterford Festival of Food. Dungarvan is called Fungarvan during the West Waterford Festival of Food, as the town and its hinterland come together in a true community spirit to deliver an extraordinary array of events in an exciting, jam-packed programme.
Among the highlights of the festival, there will be a Michelin-starred OX pop up for lunch in The Tannery, renowned chef Stephen Harris of The Sportsman in Kent cooks dinner, there’s Holy Smoke to be had and bespoke gin to create, and there’s a new Greenway to be cycled. The occasion will also be ideal for the launch of the exciting new Waterford Food Trail.
The 10th annual West Waterford Festival of Food celebrations kick off on Friday 21st, with a number of events during the day and the launch party in Dungarvan’s Grattan Square at 5 p.m. The Restaurant Trails, the ultimate movable feast, start on Friday night too.
Other Friday night events include the Showcase Waterford Dinner, a seven-course tasting menu where top chefs will be demonstrating their skills and the bounty of exceptional ingredients available from the county. On this night, Lawlor’s Hotel, will host a celebration of Dungarvan’s maritime heritage with a menu focused on the finest fresh local seafood.
On Saturday night, the Tannery continues the festival tradition of hosting an exceptional cooking talent from elsewhere – this year that role going to chef Stephen Harris of The Sportsman in Whitstable.
On Sunday The Tannery will host OX, which comes down from Belfast to cook a very special Sunday lunch.
Every day of West Waterford Festival of Food sees a busy schedule of trails and tours, whether it’s seaweed foraging, taking one of the interesting Bus Bia tours with their three different itineraries full of fascinating visits to local farmers and producers, or dropping in to the Health Hub, a venue dedicated to the latest health and wellness trends in food, which has talks, panel discussions, films and demos running all weekend.
A key event at every West Waterford Festival of Food is the hugely popular Farmer’s Market, this year on Sunday April 23rd. One of the largest artisan food markets on the island, this year is set to be the biggest yet with over 100 stalls.
Full details on the 2017 programme will be available on the Festival website by mid-March, with many events already open for booking. For bookings and inquiries contact 058 21433 or visit westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com
West Waterford Festival of Food 2017 celebrates ten years of the vibrant food culture of this wonderful part of the world – come join the party!