Wednesday, 8th August 2012
Bumper Harvest Food Festival On The Menu For Waterford
Ireland’s Biggest Food Festival Harvest' launches its 2012 Programme
Neven Maguire, Kevin Dundon, Darina Allen and Richard Corrigan will all be out en 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.
Slow food tours, wine and whiskey tasting, giant street markets, an artisan beer festival, cookery demonstrations, restaurant trails, a family fun day and lots of music and entertainment have been lined up to satisfy all appetites throughout the weeklong festival.
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 15th and 16th. 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.Commenting on the programme launch for Harvest in Waterford, Festival Chairperson, Anne Marie Caulfield said,
"We are delighted to announce details for the fifth year of the Harvest Festival. Last year over 50,000 attendees came to the city during the Festival and we are confident that this year's diverse & exciting programme will attract many more. Harvest Waterford is always a celebration of great Irish food and we're particularly proud to showcase the culinary range & expertise of the region which makes this Ireland's largest food festival'.
Festival-goers of all ages can also enjoy a traditional harvest celebration. We have everything from a ‘Revival of Forgotten Skills' workshop to a Tea-dance, a Threshing display and a real Farm which will be positioned in the centre of our ancient city".
Festival highlights include the Festival opening on Monday, September 10 with cookery demonstrations in the City Centre and a Curry war! Other highlights will include the National Young Butcher Competition, a Good Food Ireland Showcase, Artisan Beer Festival & BBQ and ‘Sunday Best' - the largest open-air food market in Ireland which will see Waterford's South Quays and John Robert's Square transformed into a giant market place.
The annual GIY Gathering which will take place during Harvest brings together some of the world's leading experts and advocates on home-grown and local food from Ireland, the UK, US and New Zealand. The event will bring together up to 400 people from around Ireland for a two-day festival of learning about growing your own food in Ireland's oldest city.
According to its founder Michael Kelly "It will appeal to novice and expert growers alike and includes approximately 30 talks, debates, demos, workshops, forages, Q&A sessions and much more."
Commenting at the launch Gary Breen, Failte Ireland said, "We are delighted to support the Harvest Festival in Waterford, Ireland's biggest food festival. Food plays an invaluable role in driving tourism in Ireland, we are a nation abound with the highest quality fresh produce and festivals like the Harvest festival carry this ethos. Last year the Harvest attracted no less than 50,000 visitors and judging by the wide and varied programme unveiled today, we are sure it will be an even greater success this year."
The city will be in festival mode from 10th to 16th September with events on offer for all the family. For a full programme of events see http://www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie
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