Monday, November 12, 2012

A Taste of Waterford's Harvest Festival 2012

Get Ready To Drool (& Eat!) 
From 2011's fest- the Viking's table

 Waterford Harvest Festival is returning on 10-16 September, and it is going to be another tummy-tempting event! We went last year and nearly had to be rolled home after the enormous Sunday food market. So have a read of what's on this year, & mark your calendar, because you definitely should be there!

Here's some info from the festival as to what is on:

A host of top Chefs are lined-up to feature at the Waterford Harvest Festival from Sept 10 to 16.

Neven Maguire, Kevin Dundon and Darina Allen will all be out in force to showcase their culinary skills in addition to BBC’s Martin Dorey, the presenter of the hit TV series ‘One Man and his Campervan’ and author of the Camper Van Cookbook.

Taking to the streets of Waterford City this week the city’s top restaurant Chefs unveiled the festivals restaurant trail which features, a Curry War, Meet the Chef Cookery Demo’s, Bambina Pizzini, an afternoon of Funky Irish Food, a Restaurant Masterclass and more.
Chef Kevin Dundon will launch the festivities at the brand new Medieval Museum on Monday, September 10 at 1pm with the Super Valu Mobile kitchen for an afternoon of food, fun and freebies! 

Waterford Harvest Fest Chefs!
Also on September 10 join food critic and wine connoisseur Paolo Tullio and take a journey through Waterford’s Wine history and tour the wonderfully atmospheric 13th century Mayors Wine Vault. 

Throughout the week from Tuesday, September 11 to 14 a daily ‘Meet the Chefs’ open-air free cookery demonstration will take place.
Wednesday afternoon, September 12 renowned chef Neven Maguire will take to the stage at the Tourism & Leisure building at WIT and chat about his favourite recipes. 
On Wednesday evening, September 12, a very special event will take place with all proceeds raised going to Waterford Hospice. Neven Maguire will showcase his recipes featuring local produce. Guests will be treated to wine and canap├ęs at 7.30pm at the House of Waterford Crystal.
A highlight of Harvest festivities, the Harvest Dinner take place on Thursday, September 13 at 7.30pm at Waterford Castle. Enjoy a seven course tasting menu – featuring dishes that relate to the ‘History of Food in Waterford’ where Head Chef Michael Quinn will introduce each course.
On Friday, September 14 The Artisan Beer Festival takes place at 6pm and will feature BBC’s Martin Dorey, the presenter of the hit TV series ‘One Man and his Campervan’ and author of the Camper Van Cookbook will cook up a storm. Martin will showcase his expertise on outdoor cooking and takes the helm at 7.30pm. 

Also on Friday 14 The Big Barbeque’ takes place at the Viking Triangle. This is the perfect opportunity for everyone to enjoy free access to Waterford’s exciting new heritage developments within the Viking triangle, including the Medieval Museum and the Bishops palace.

Martin Dorey will also host a free cookery demonstration on the Quayside at Feastival’ on Sunday, September 16 where the quayside will be taken over by food producers from across the country creating Ireland’s longest food market. This cookery demo will take place at 2pm.

Lebanese food from 2011 Harvest fest- soo tasty!
The 2012 GIY Gathering will take place in the city during the Harvest festival and sees BBC’s Alys Fowler and Mark Diacono of River Cottage join a host of Irish stars on September 15 and 16.  The GIY Gathering will also include guest speaker Roger Doiron from the US, the inspiration behind Michelle Obama's White House vegetable garden and founder of Kitchen Gardeners International.

The city will be in festival mode from September 10 to 16 with events on offer for all foodies and the family. For a full programme of events see

   MORE on the Harvest Festival HERE and even MORE here :-)

from 2011- this delicious ice cream was made on a small Wicklow farm
I'm happy to say that I will be visiting the Harvest Festival on the 13th &14th, on the Blogger's tour, and I'll also be there on the Sunday 16th for the fantastic Feastival. Hope you will get a chance to come, or all the tweets I'll do of the food will just leave you drooling! 
 Happy Feasting!


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