The Cream of the Crop to Cook Up a Storm at This Year’s Waterford Harvest Festival

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A perennial favourite on the culinary calendar, Waterford Harvest Festival, will fill the streets with inviting sights, sounds and aromas as one of Ireland’s leading food festivals returns from September 8th to September 10th.

Returning for its ninth year, Waterford Harvest Festival will focus the spotlight not only on the region’s great food producers, but also on the region’s great chefs and restaurateurs, from Waterford and surrounding counties.

Director of Waterford Harvest Festival, Tommie Ryan has expressed his delight at the expansion of the festival programme for 2017, commenting that “Waterford and its surrounds have a diverse and vibrant food producer scene and amazing chefs who are all too happy to use this local produce. For those who grow, harvest, cook and produce some of the country’s best food, the Waterford Harvest Festival is a wonderful platform to showcase their work to thousands of people over the three-day festival.”

“We’re looking forward to welcoming back these food heroes to the Festival, and are equally excited about the introduction of some new restaurant events. We have secured some very talented chefs to create unforgettable dining experiences over the Harvest weekend,” he added.

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Most notably, one of Waterford’s most exciting chefs, Keith Boyle of the Bay Tree Bistro will host the Festival’s closing event in collaboration with Billy Whitty of Aldridge Lodge, Paul Haynes of La Cote Seafood and Michelin star chef Ken Harker of the Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet, bringing together some of the biggest names in the industry for one night only.

On the closing dinner, Boyle explained “We have the privilege of closing the festival with a four-course event, where each course will be designed and prepared by an individual head chef showcasing their unique style and creativity. The menu will be a secret until September 10th.”

La Boheme Restaurant, which last year introduced Gautham Iyer’s Brahmin culinary philosophy to Waterford, will host renowned Japanese chef Takashi Miyazaki, while The Olive Tree Restaurant will prepare an exciting Spanish tapas menu.

New additions to this year’s line up include a Free Flahavan’s Fit Family Breakfast and many of the elements that were hugely popular in previous years will be retained such as the Ballybricken Fair, Farm to Fork, food and movie pairings, Gintastic lunches, the Sunset Seaweed Feasts.

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