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Waterford Harvest Festival, which takes place from September 8th to 10th, is renowned for championing the great producers of the South-East region. This year will see the festival introduce new restaurant events which showcase this produce at its very best.

While retaining an almost inexhaustible programme of tasty, family-focused, fun-filled events, there will be an extra dimension as many of Waterford’s restaurants, pubs and cafes create a veritable feast of exciting dining experiences throughout the three-day festival.

The opening event, The Banquet on the Mall, is a collaborative celebration of local producers as chefs Darren Collins of The Olive Tree Restaurant, Shane McGrath of the Cliff House and The Seagull Bakery’s Fergal Walsh prepare a sumptuous five course meal at the Olive Tree on the Mall. Owner Trevor Prendergast is looking forward to bringing this unique communal dining experience to the festival.

“This event really highlights the breadth and calibre of produce we have on our doorstep, with a menu consisting of glazed pigs head, whole Comeragh lamb, BBQ oysters and lobsters and sourdough flat breads, all sourced from within the county.”

La Boheme Restaurant welcomes the owner and head chef of Miyazaki Take Away in Cork, Takashi Miyazaki. One of Japan’s most exciting and innovative chefs will prepare an unforgettable Japanese dining experience, which will be introduced by John and Sally McKenna. 

An advocate of Japanese cooking, Miyazaki’s philosophy is to introduce its delights to many.  “There are so many types of Japanese food.  It is like a treasure box.  I want people to enjoy the real flavours of Japan.”

The Granary Café set in the bustling centre of the city will serve up a sophisticated Afternoon Tea consisting of sumptuous sandwiches, tasty pastries and delectable desserts made from the freshest local produce.  Dooley’s Hotel will host the ever-popular Love Local Lunch, whilst Burzza, in its inimitable style, is preparing a pizza / burger and craft beer pairing weekend.

Already sold out, the closing event of the Harvest Festival is the Bay Tree Bistro’s Grand Finale.  This “Three Sisters” themed event features owner and chef Keith Boyle, alongside Billy Whitty of Aldridge Lodge, Paul Hynes of La Côte Seafood Restaurant and Michelin starred chef Ken Harker of the Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet. Each chef will create a course showcasing their individual talents, unique flair and love of food.

According to McKenna’s Guides food writer, Eamon Barrett, this is a natural extension of the Festival.  “The essence of any food festival is the extent to which it reflects its own locality and the producers and chefs who work in that locality and Harvest certainly does that. In addition, food festivals should try to bring the best of what’s new and exciting in the Irish food scene from around the country to a new audience so that the whole event becomes a collaboration of excellence, from which everyone – chef, producer, attendee – benefits.”

The weekend will also be peppered with an eclectic range of free family, fun and food infused events such as GIY’s Grow, Cook, Eat, Festival Markets, Flahavan’s Fit Family Breakfast, Skillnet Food and Craft Tent, Waterford Country Market, Ballybeg Greens, Saturday Market, Meet the Makers, the Ballybricken Fair, Dawn Meats City Farm and Festival Demo’s, GastroGays Brunch Demo, Blaa Eating Competition, Baby HQ, Calmast at Harvest, music on the Mall Stage, harvest readings at the Book Centre, coffee roasting, Glanbia Sports nutrition talk and Harvest Fit Food and Wellness.

To find out more about all of the Waterford Harvest Festival events visit or keep up to date by checking out #WaterfordHarvest on Facebook and Twitter.


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