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Ireland celebrates West Waterford Festival of Food

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Welcome to Ireland and its West Waterford Festival of Food, which has become synonymous with fabulous food, fantastic family events and most importantly lots of fun.

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Over the years the festival has been a showcase of the food of the region, as well as being host to some of our top chefs, fresh flavours, interesting influences and good ideas.

This is one festival where there is definitely something for everyone - a full children’s programme, foraging trails, bus tours, cooking demos, dining experiences from high end to very casual plus of course the markets.

Taste the best of Ireland with the local Farmer’s Market on Thursday, the weekly Country Market on Friday, the festival’s quayside market on Saturday with a seafood theme, all culminating in famed Festival Market on Sunday when over 100 stalls fill the town centre to bring you the best of local and Irish artisan food.

Now in its 11th year, this year’s festival runs from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of April, officially kicking off on Friday 20th, with the Waterford Way Tapas Trail, the ultimate movable feast, starting on Friday night.

Some of Ireland’s finest chefs, producers, stall-holders and all round lovers of fine food come to the beautiful coastal town of Dungarvan.

Mexican chef and co-owner of Picado Mexican Pantry, Lily Ramirez-Foran will be cooking up a Mexican-inspired storm with a pop-up in the unusual venue of the brewery of Dungarvan Brewing Company on Friday night also, with a tasting of a range of the brewery’s many fine beers.

Saturday sees journalist Catherine Cleary bring back The Appetite Talks for a special one-off session at the festival.

Taking place from 11am-4pm, these are talks with teeth, looking at a crossroads moment for food and farming, where experts take a long hard look at where Irish food is now and what the future holds.

For a supper with a difference, Saturday night sees a one-woman show – Charolais, written and performed by Noni Stapleton – in Dungarvan Mart.

A 70-minute play which is a surreal, black comedy of love, longing and one woman’s intense rivalry with a Charolais heifer, appropriately, this is accompanied by a supper of beef stew by Eunice Power!

And another key event at every West Waterford Festival of Food is the hugely popular Farmer’s Market, this year on Sunday April 22nd.

One of the largest artisan food markets on the island, this year is set to be the biggest yet with over 100 stalls showcasing the best producers and artisans of the region, along with a full schedule of live entertainment and a Meet the Makers chefs’ demo tent.

Tickets are on sale today 28th March at 2pm.


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