35,000 foodies to descend on West Waterford next month
One of Ireland’s biggest foodie festivals is back and visitors to West Waterford Festival of Food will this year be able to explore what it means to be sustainably Irish.
More than 35,000 visitors are expected to attend the 13th annual West Waterford Festival of Food which takes place from April 16-19.
This year’s festival will be jam-packed with chefs and local artisan producers across numerous events, of which over 100 are free.
The three-day paradise for the pallet welcomes back some old favourites like the Festival Market, afternoon tea by Judit McNally, Waterford Way Tapas Trail, and Supper Theatre at Dungarvan Mart. Also returning is the Flahavan’s Greenway Breakfast, Blind Tasting at Merry’s Gastropub, and the acclaimed Bus Bia Tours.
Showcase experiences from the 2020 festival programme include the Great House Dinner with renowned chef Eunice Power at Woodhouse Estate in Stradbally, and a FoodCloud feast made with surplus food from zero waste chef Conor Spacey at The 2 Sisters Restaurant.
For Sunday lunch options, head chef of Michelin-starred Ichigo Ichie, Takashi Miyazaki is to cook a Japanese feast in The Tannery Restaurant, and esteemed Waterford Castle head chef Luis H Martin will also be putting on a delectable meal at Dromana House.
Brand-new 2020 highlights include the rediscovery of the art of table talk through canapés by Jess Murphy of Kai Galway, a Moroccan party with the team at Mezze, a picnic river cruise, and a Gatsby-inspired feast marking 100 years since prohibition.
There will be a masterclass from Josh Sutton aka the Guyrope Gourmet, on making feasts in the smallest spaces, a talk on what salty snacks work with which wine from Audrey Biraud, Cliff House Hotel sommelier.
Greg Harris, 360 Cookhouse’s executive chef will host a vegan cooking demo, and to balance that chefs Shane McGrath and Paula Hannigan fire up an Argentinian barbecue by the Dungarvan Brewery.
A further addition to the 2020 Festival are the Industry Sessions, presented in partnership with the Local Enterprise Office. These include four workshops — Food Photography, Storytelling, Food Styling and Dealing with the Media, along with a session on the reality of setting up a food business.
The 2020 West Waterford Festival of Food is supported by Waterford City and County Council, with sponsors including Flahavan’s, Glanbia Ireland, Flo Gas, Dawn Meats, Garvey’s, Eurofins, San Pellegrino, Blackwater Distillery, SuperValu Food Academy, FBD, Local Link and AIB.
Tickets for all events go on sale from Wednesday, March 18 at: http://www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com