50,000 foodies do some ‘amazing grazing’ at festival

ABOUT 50,000 foodies feasted on a huge banquet of flavour at the Waterford Harvest Festival in the city over the weekend.

The first weekend of the festival, which started on Friday and continues in the city until Sunday next, attracted tens of thousands to the quay yesterday to a host of food producers from the 32 counties offering some “amazing grazing”.

Hoards of hungry people visited the endless stalls, satisifying their appetites for paella, noodles, crepes and hog roasts – to name but a few items on the menu.

A picnic in the park, with Mayor Mary Roche at The People’s Park on Saturday, offered children’s workshops on African drumming, sports, crafts and theatrical fun. The HSE was on-hand to encourage “traditional playground games”, according to the organisers.

The local gardaí yesterday said that “over 8,000 people turned up” at the car park next to the William Vincent Wallace Plaza later on Saturday evening.

Here, they feasted on the ample musical offerings served up by the likes of Cathy Davey, Jape, Lisa Hannigan and Gerry Fish at the city’s [south] quay at the Big Street Party.

The weather had been poor on Friday but had cleared up by Saturday morning. Mayor Roche yesterday joked that she had her “Child of Prague in the window” at home to help the weather situation.

“It’s an amazing event and it certainly underlines the fact that Waterford and the south-east is seen as the bread basket of the country.

“And next weekend, the country will come to the city and that will be great craic altogether,” added the mayor.

Next Saturday is Déise Day at the festival and sees the “joys of rural life” in the heart of the city.

Apparently, anyone wondering how a Pig’s trotter would taste in Waterford ‘s indigenous floury bap, known as a Blaa, can satisfy their curiosity along with their appetite here.

The quay will be the focus point of From Soil to Sea – the grand finale of the festival featuring demonstrations and displays of food.

The menu also offers Desserts, which is “food for thought presented by Slow Food”, throughout the festival.

This includes healthy eating demonstrations for students, a paella party, food tours and an advanced tasting session.


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