WEST WATERFORD FESTIVAL OF FOOD 2017
This festival is the annual showcase of all that is on offer in the Dungarvan, Co Waterford and surrounding region from local food producers, restaurateurs and hospitality providers.
This foodie event brings together amazing food, drink and people over a wonderful weekend of demos, discussions and dining of all kinds.
West Waterford Festival of Food centered in Dungarvan is a mecca for food lovers and fun seekers with a programme that has proven to be the perfect mix of free events and ticketed ones; an equally perfect mix of high-end dining opportunities and casual bistro experiences and it certainly offers something for all ages.
The festival's ethos is one of supporting local: local food producers, local restaurants, cafes and local retailers. The festival team is also drawn from the local community, so ticket collectors, parking attendants, ushers, guides and stewards are all local volunteers from across the town and region.
The weekend has also proven to be a magnet for Michelin-starred chefs such as Ross Lewis of Chapter One in Dublin, Derry Clarke of L’Ecrivain, also Dublin, and locally-based Martijn Kajuiter of the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co. Waterford. In 2013 Paul and Máire Flynn of Dungarvan's Tannery Restaurant hosted an evening of nose-to-tail eating with Fergus Henderson of renowned London restaurant St John while the greatly admired Richard Corrigan is a frequent visitor and great supporter of the weekend. Last year saw the return of Ross Lewis and Richard Corrigan along with Fergus and Margot Henderson, Michael Quinn, Garrett Byrne, and Martijn Kajuiter.
This beautiful coastal town of about 9,000 people has a picturesque harbour used by leisure craft of all shapes and sizes and is further enhanced by the majestic Comeragh mountains in its background and is ready to welcome you and showcase the best the landscape which Dungarvan has to offer this April 21st - 23rd. Bígí linn!
A Michelin-starred OX pops 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, there’s a new Greenway to be cycled and the launch of the exciting new Waterford Food Trail, there are superfoods and super chefs, old hands and emerging talents, tapas and trails, foraging and family fun, dramatic dinners and brilliant BBQs – this year the WestWaterford Festival of Food is 10 years old, and it’s going to be the best birthday party ever!
Some of Ireland’s finest chefs, producers, stall-holders and all round lovers of fine food come to the beautiful coastal town of Dungarvan from 21st-23rd April to celebrate the birthday of this fantastic Irish food festival. Combining the best of food and drink, engaging events, pop-up restaurants, one of Ireland’s largest farmers’ markets, trails and tours, kids’ cookery, special birthday celebrations and much more, the 10th annual West Waterford Festival of food is a must visit for food lovers everywhere.
There is a reason 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.
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.
Once again during this year’s West Waterford Festival of Food the Saturday focus is down by the water, with Quayside Saturday, an opportunity to enjoy fun activities, gorgeous seafood as you browse the stalls or simply the beautiful views along the water’s edge. Quayside Saturday showcases the waterside aspects of this seaside town, this year with boat trips from the jetty, all the fun of the RNLI Duck Race and 40 new stalls along the quay.
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 showcasing the best producers and artisans of the region. Meet the producers, fill your basket and stroll the square as you take in the sights and scents of the various stalls.