28 May 2022

Waterford men plan to have "great craic" in kitted out old spud van at Daytripper

Two Déise men are looking forward to having “great craic” at Waterford Daytripper this weekend.

Waterford’s Brian Walsh and Paddy Torrie’s brainchild side business Pig 'n' Bird Catering has become a firm favourite on the festival scene.

The duo came up with the idea of cooking mouth-watering grub, made out of the freshest homemade local ingredients, for events after finishing college in Limerick in 2014.

“We set up at the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, threw up a tent and started selling some pork burgers. It went down very well so we got an old spud van off a friend, kitted it out ourselves and gradually over time developed it more and more. We started doing some festivals, parties and weddings and it took off from there,” Brian tells Waterford Live.   

Paddy and Brian have always had a love for street food, learning their trade during summers spent in Rhode Island. Brian says the attention to detail that goes into their unique and rustic style is a huge hit with festival-goers.

“Paddy’s the man behind the sauces and spices. We slowly roast our pork for about nine hours and we cook it in a bit of fat. We get a belly of pork which can be a little fatty so we leave a bit of it in there and it keeps the food nice and moist - that’s our secret,” Brian smiles.

Pig 'n' Bird Catering will set up stall at Daytripper, which runs from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August at The Gasworks.

Brian, who works in aviation software in Shannon, and Dublin biochemist Paddy get great pleasure out of their part-time Pig 'n' Bird Catering gig.

“We done the Dunmore East Food Festival this year and it was pretty non-stop cooking and prepping but they didn’t feel like long days at all. They were great craic, and we are delighted to return home this weekend for Daytripper,” Brian adds.

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