Thousands due at Waterford gourmet festival

Thousands of foodies are expected in Dungarvan this weekend as the fifth Waterford Festival of Food celebrates the best of local artisan food producers.

Several big names from the culinary world will visit Dungarvan, including British-based Michelin star chef Angela Hartnett, Richard Corrigan, Dylan McGrath, Martin Shanahan, and Nick Munier. And a host of well-known local chefs and cooks will also be taking part, including Paul Flynn of The Tannery and Eunice Power.

This year’s Festival of Food programme has been expanded and is more diverse than ever. As well as many popular events returning, there are lots of new ones including a free Nutrition & Health Foundation workshop in the town hall on Friday, where former RTÉ broadcaster Míchael Ó Muircheartaigh will be sharing some of his secrets of a healthy lifestyle.

Once again one of the focal points of the festival will be the legendary Farmers Market Extravaganza in Grattan Square, featuring the very best of artisan food produce from right across the south-east and beyond.

“This is well and truly established as one of the premier food events on the food festival map and we look forward to welcoming thousands of people to Dungarvan and the county for the event,” said festival chief executive Therese McDermott

The festival is tailored to appeal to entire families and includes a host of free as well as ticketed events over the weekend.

There are seaweed seminars, foraging trails, cake decorating demos, the mobile farm at King John’s Castle, restaurants trails and cookery demonstrations.

The Park Hotel is hosting a special music and culinary evening with a tribute to the Clancy Brothers with Rosin Clancy and Colm Power, followed by a special performance by Meteor Award nominee Ann Scott.

Ticket sales have been extremely encouraging and there are still places available on some of the “Bus Bia” tours through west Waterford on Saturday, while tickets for quirky cookery demonstrations featuring The Brewer, The Blogger and The Baker and a major Surf ‘n’ Turf duel between locally renowned chef Paul Fynn of the Tannery and Martin Shanahan of Fishy Fishy in Kinsale.

One event which is sure to be fun is the Ready, Chef, Go contest, a fast, furious and fun cookery demonstration which will be hosted by RTÉ’s John Murray. Local chefs Conor Foran from Lawlor’s Hotel, Eunice Power from Powersfield Hose, Michael Quinn from Waterford Castle Hotel, and Louise Clarke from Nude Food will be taking part.

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