The organisers of the West Waterford Festival of Food have unveiled the programme for 2020, with a focus on sustainability taking centre stage.
The festival, now in its 13th year, is taking place this 16th – 19th April. The 2020 theme will explore what it means to be sustainably Irish, with tickets for all events on sale at www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com.
Showcase experiences from the 2020 include the Great House Dinner with chef Eunice Power at Woodhouse Estate in Stradbally; and a FoodCloud feast made with surplus food from zero waste chef Conor Spacey at The 2 Sisters Restaurant. For Sunday lunch options, head chef ofMichelin-starred Ichigo Ichie, Takashi Miyazaki, is to cook a Japanese feast in The Tannery Restaurant; and Waterford Castle head chef Luis H Martin will also be putting on a meal at Dromana House.
Festival Director, Gemma Tipton, said: “Waterford’s culinary reputation has soared in recent years, especially having been named Foodie Destinations winner last year. Our festival is a showcase of the food from this region, shining a spotlight on West Waterford producers, chefs, suppliers, growers and brewers.”
Over 35,000 visitors are expected to attend West Waterford Festival of Food. Popular events returning this year include afternoon tea by Judit McNally; Waterford Way Tapas Trail; and Supper Theatre at Dungarvan Mart. Also returning is Flahavan’s Greenway Breakfast; Blind Tasting at Merry’s Gastropub; and the Bus Bia Tours.
The Festival Market will be Quayside on Saturday, 18th April, with a programme of entertainment and food that celebrates Dungarvan’s marine heritage. The Festival Market will then travel to Grattan Square on Sunday, 19th April.
A further addition to the 2020 festival are the Industry Sessions, presented in partnership with the Local Enterprise Office. These include four workshops — Food Photography, Storytelling, Food Styling and Dealing with the Media; along with a session on the reality of setting up a food business.
Gemma added: “Sustainability is a big focus for us, and we want to shine a light on being Sustainably Irish — what those involved in the festival do, how they do it and what impact they have on society and the environment.”
The 2020 West Waterford Festival of Food is supported by Waterford City and County Council, with sponsors including Flahavan’s, Glanbia Ireland, Flo Gas, Dawn Meats, Garvey’s, Eurofins, San Pellegrino, Blackwater Distillery, SuperValu Food Academy, FBD, Local Link and AIB.