Grainne Walsh (Metal Man Brewing) and Eric Theze (La Boheme Restaurant) Back row: Cian Hawes (Pure Food Company), Nicola Crowley (Mezze) and Timmy Ryan (Anchor Spirits) Pic: Patrick Browne
Waterford’s world famous blaa is set to take centre stage once again at the Waterford Harvest Festival as the Blaa World Eating Championships return to the city for a third year.
The announcement was made as the Waterford Harvest Festival launched for its tenth year, once again, putting the spotlight on the people who make good food great.
A staple on the nation’s culinary calendar, the streets of Ireland’s oldest city will be filled with a banquet of inviting sights and aromas as the 10th Waterford Harvest Festival returns to the city from September 7 to September 9, 2018.
This year the programme will feature a smorgasbord of cookery demonstrations and workshops, a health and wellness area, family fun on the Green, exciting chef collaborations, producer’s stalls, country markets and much more.
Director of Waterford Harvest Festival, Tommie Ryan is relishing bringing the 10th Harvest Festival to the streets of Waterford, which will wind from Arundel Square, through John Roberts Square to O’ Connell Street, the city’s new cultural quarter and beyond to Waterford’s traditional “top of the town” Ballybricken.
“This is the tenth year of the festival and we’re looking forward to bringing together producers, chefs, growers, bakers, distillers, foragers and brewers over the three-day festival to showcase the very best of what they do, day in, day out.”
The streets of Waterford city will provide the backdrop to the festival with events such as country markets, the Ballybricken Fair, Fit Food and Wellness area, the Taste of Food and Craft area tent, the Applemarket Street Feast, the Granary Brunch and Blaafest to name but a few.
Local restaurants have pulled out all the stops and will present tasty and exciting dining events. La Boheme pairs with Chameleon’s owner and Head Chef, Kevin O’ Toole to create a pop-up Taste of Bali experience.
The Bay Tree Bistro’s Keith Boyle will host a collaborative event with Eddie Atwell, Executive Head Chef at Eccles Hotel in West Cork and also a contestant on the BBC TV show Great British Menu, along with Glen Wheeler, former Head Chef with Neven Maguire’s MacNean House and now Head Chef and proprietor of 28 Darling St in Enniskillen and Jim Mulholland, Executive Chef at Jean Christophe Novelli’s new restaurant Novelli at City Quays Belfast.
Festival goers will be spoiled for choice with a large selection of unique dining experiences, including Momo’s cross cultural Irish-Polish four course dining experience called Flavours from Home, A Taste of Waterford from Land to Sea at Bellissimo restaurant, a sparkling lunch at Everett’s, Mezze Middle Eastern pop-up at Garter Lane, Just Desserts seven course tasting menu at La Boheme, the Waterford Table Brunch at the Granary Café and A Taste of the Sea at Bodega restaurant.
“There are so many exciting developments happening in Waterford and our producers, chefs and restaurateurs have always been at the heart of the city’s vibrancy. It’s difficult not to get swept up in their passion, commitment and enthusiasm for delivering the best produce, creating exciting dining experiences and championing our long-standing proud food heritage.”
All things dough will be discussed at the Bread is Gold workshop with Sarah Richards of Seagull Bakery. The GastroGays, following their 6-week sojourn in Scandinavia will marry Waterford’s 1,100-year-old Viking heritage with Scandinavian influence and host a communal dining experience at Walsh’s Bakehouse.
New events added to the programme include a tour of Waterford Distillery, Food The Waterford Way demo area, the Deise Hurlers cook-off, chocolate making workshops, storytelling and craft beer trails along with a gin festival and whiskey tastings.
The perennially popular family-fun events such as WIT Calmast science workshops, food and movie pairings, Taste of Dawn Meats cooking demos, Seaweed Forage, LiveWell Baby HQ, petting farm and reptile zoos, GIY Food Matters and a full programme of food themed activities at Garter Lane are also guaranteed to delight the young and young at heart.
With events taking place all weekend long there’s something for everyone, from the tiny taste buds to those truly seeking gastronomic delights!
Find out more about the Waterford Harvest Festival from September 7 to September 9 by visiting www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie to download a brochure or keep up to date on all things Harvest Fest by checking out #waterfordharvest on Facebook and Twitter.
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