Each April, food lovers from across Ireland descend upon the scenic seaside town of Dungarvan for the West Waterford Festival of Food. It is now a staple in the Irish Food Calendar with its impressive and inspirational line-up of culinary events that includes everything from foraging trails through the Comeragh Mountains, dinners in historic castles and theatre in a cattle mart.
One of the largest community festivals in Waterford, it simply couldn’t take place without the generous support of its funders, Waterford City & County Council, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Fáilte Ireland, Foras na Gaeilge, LEO Waterford, Waterford Leader Partnership and its sponsors Flahavan’s, Glanbia, Dawn Meats, Garvey’s, Eurofins, FloGas, Blackwater Distillery, San Pellegrino, Coillte, FBD, LocalLink and AIB.
Taking place from Friday, April 26th to Sunday, April 28th, the schedule of events encompasses a long tradition of food production and innovation where producers have worked with the rich agricultural land of the region that is nestled between the Comeragh Mountains and Celtic Sea. Set to be the biggest year yet in its 12-year history, the festival has now announced details of its jam-packed 2019 bi-lingual festival programme which pays homage to the strong Gaeltacht roots of WestWaterford.
Once again, members of Food the Waterford Way will feature strongly, and many are house-hold names whose reputations are unparalleled in the foodie world. Harty’s Oysters, Comeragh Mountain Lamb, Barron’s Bakery, Knockanore Cheese, Legacy Irish Cider and much more!
For the first time ever, a host of well-known and highly accomplished female chefs fill many of the top festival spots and they will outnumber the boys!
Michelin-starred Chef Danni Barri (Eipic), Maeve Walsh (Canteen), Holly Dalton (Gertrude Restaurant / 3fe) Paula Stakelum (Ashford Castle), Rose Greene (formerly of In de Wulf, Belgium) and Lily Ramirez-Foran (Picado Mexican) are all part of the 2019 line up alongside Michelin-starred Ross Lewis (Chapter One), Martin Shanahan (Fishy Fishy) and Peter Everett (Everett’s Restaurant).
They will be joined by Judit McNally (Ormond Café), Nicola Crowley and Dvir Nusery (Mezze Middle Eastern), Marie Power (The Sea Gardener), Louise Clark (formerly Nude Food) and Tom Walsh (new executive chef of The Old Bank, Dungarvan), ensuring an abundance of riches for hungry food lovers in Dungarvan that weekend.