West Waterford festival is great food for thought


PRODUCERS, chefs and foodies from all over the country will gather in Dungarvan this month for the West Waterford Festival of Food.

It is now a staple in the Irish food calendar with its great line-up of culinary events that includes everything from foraging trails through the Comeragh Mountains, dinners in historic castles and theatre in a cattle mart.

Taking place from Friday, April 26th to Sunday, April 28th, the various events encompass a long tradition of food production and innovation where visitors will join with local producers who have worked with the rich agricultural land of the region between the Comeragh Mountains and Irish Sea.

Set to be the biggest year yet in it’s 12-year history, the festival has now announced details of its jam-packed 2019 bi-lingual festival programme which pays homage to the strong Gaeltacht roots of West Waterford.

For the first time ever, a host of well-known female chefs fill many of the top festival spots and they will outnumber the boys! 

Michelin-starred Chef Danni Barri (Eipic), Maeve Walsh (Canteen), Holly Dalton (Gertrude Restaurant / 3fe) Paula Stakelum (Ashford Castle), Rose Green (formerly of In de Wulf, Belgium) and Lily Ramirez-Foran (Picado Mexican) are all part of the 2019 line up alongside Michelin-starred Ross Lewis (Chapter One), Martin Shanahan (Fishy Fishy) and Peter Everett (Everett’s Restaurant).

They will be joined by Judith McNally (Ormond Café), Nicola Crowley and Dvir Nusery (Mezze Middle Eastern), Marie Power (The Sea Gardener), Louise Clark (formerly Nude Food) and Tom Walsh (new executive chef of The Old Bank, Dungarvan), ensuring an abundance of riches for hungry food lovers in Dungarvan that weekend.

There is also a full children’s programme, as well as bus tours along with a Farmer’s Market on Thursday, Dungarvan Country Market on Friday, The Quayside Market on Saturday and The Festival Market on Sunday.

More than 100 stalls will fill Dungarvan town with the best of local and Irish artisan food.
More than 50,000 people from across Ireland and from abroad attended the annual event in 2018.

For further details go to www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com


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