April 14, 2021
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Feast of food festivals for Waterford but blaa gig bites the dust

Several festivals have come together to give Waterford a lift next month. They will celebrate the great food and drink produced in the county and city and showcase some of its arts attractions.
The event, billed as WaterFood 2020, will include circus and street theatre, tasting trails, barbecues and craft displays.

It will also feature the famous blaa. But sadly, the blaa’s best showcase, the annual Booze, Blaas ‘N’ Banter get-together, has bitten the dust. The early morning celebration of song, food and story-telling, has fallen victim to Covid-19 restrictions.WaterFood 2020 will run from September 4 to September 13.

The Spraoi team will present Spraoi Time 2020, a  walk-through exhibition which will take place across the city streets over 10 evenings. For the first time, Spraoi will have a foodie element as it overlaps with the Waterford Harvest Festiva (pictured)l.

The Harvest Festival itself will celebrate the  best of local food and drink. This year’s programme will be packed with dining events  which will strictly adhere to social distancing and government guidelines

In mid-September, Tramore will launch its inaugural Vitamin Sea Festival, a weekend programme of sea-inspired events featuring excursions, taste trails, craft markets and celebrations of  the vibrant food scene.

To conclude, the West Waterford Autumn Festival of Food is holding two festival weekends with picnics, foraging, cruises, barbecues, and fine dining events.

The festival will take place over the last weekend of September and the first weekend in October.

For more details of these festivals see:

Meanwhile, it has emerged Covid-19 has dealt a blow to the festival that celebrates Waterford’s iconic bread roll.

The hugely popular Booze, Blaa’s ‘N’ Banter extravaganza, held each October Bank holiday weekend at Jordan’s American Bar in Waterford city, has been cancelled.

The gig organised by the Waterford Council of Trade Unions (WCTU) in association with the Imagine Festival had been planning an All Day Banter Bash this year to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary in style.

The WCTU is now planning an online banter gig to go out worldwide on this October Bank Holiday weekend.


Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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