Waterford Harvest Festival Almost Here

Waterford Harvest Festival
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Waterford Harvest Festival

Waterford Harvest Festival - September 3rd-11th 2011

THERE ARE just under two weeks to go to the start of the 2011 Waterford Harvest Festival, running in Waterford from September 3rd to 11th celebrating food heritage and culture in Waterford.

Join us for nine days of fun filled foodie events with cookery demonstrations, food tours, foodie films, tastings, taste workshops, restaurant trails, quayside markets, barbecues, street performances and big outdoor music gigs. Our midweek Food For Thought menu is bookended by two wonderful weekends of Street Parties basking in the glory of the delicious good, clean food on offer in a city surrounded by such rich resources as The Bread Basket, The Golden Vale and The Atlantic Ocean.

Waterford Harvest Festival recreates a modern version of the traditional harvest celebratory and feasting period, with foodie fun and educational events for all the family and children’s entertainment across the city. The festival involves and educates people in the appreciation of good, clean, fair food while showcasing the region’s ever expanding network of dedicated, enthusiastic producers and all the gastronomic delights the region has to offer.

Festival Highlights

There’s plenty to see and do over the course of the nine days but two of the events jumping out at me, both of which I’m going to make a serious effort to clear the decks for and attend are the food business conference day on Tuesday September and Amazing Grazing, which stretches the length of the main quay, on Sunday September 11th. The former has a ticket price of €25 while Amazing Grazing, with a mile long stretch of food stalls and food producers, is a free event.

Enterprising Food: The Recipe For Food Business Success

The growth of small food enterprises in Ireland presents a real opportunity for the Irish economy. Local quality artisan food producers moving from market stalls to supermarket shelves, restaurants taking advantage of food tourism and opportunities to expand their brand to other outlets and cafés and bars using locally made products to enhance their customers’ food experience are all driving new product development to meet ever broadening appetites. The enterpRISING FOOD conference will offer the business tools and information needed to develop branding, packaging and new products, sell to multiples and identify new trends that will help food businesses rise to success.

Amazing Grazing

If you were there last year, then you’ll know just how AMAZING this really is! Enjoy wonderful sights and smells as you stroll around the stalls of Ireland’s largest food market. Waterford’s South Quays will once again be transformed into a giant market place. The mile long quayside will be filled with food stalls, craft producers, vintage farm machinery, threshing, Kidszone, street entertainment, music, pets corner, seated food courts and a celebration of Waterford’s favourite food – the Blaa! Throughout the day, watch mighty men and women compete in the National Sheaf Pitching Championships, or stroll back in time and witness authentic Viking life in Fado’s Viking Village. This is a lovely day out for all the family – arrive hungry!

Other events include Local Food Heroes (Sunday 4th), a French Flair Masterclass with Jean Baptiste Dubois (Tuesday 6th), Old World meets New World Wines (September 7th), Coffee and Conversation with Darina Allen (Thursday 8th), Coffee with Brock Lewin of Badger & Dodo (September 8th), an evening of Irish Cheese and Beer with Kevin Sheridan of Sheridan’s Cheese (September 9th) and the annual GIY Gathering on September 10th which features over 30 workshops, demos and talks.

Booking Details

You can check out the full events lineup here. The nine days in Waterford sees a mixture of ticketed and non-ticketed events, with events running from one hour to a whole day. Online tickets can be booked here.

Written by Ken McGuire
Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.