Beautiful South – The Line-Up For This Year’s West Waterford Food Festival is Here

West Waterford Food Festival

Celebrating its 11th year, the West Waterford Festival of Food will bring the community together for a weekend of fascinating discussions, fun events and delicious food.

The theme for this year’s festival is celebration and the festival will celebrate our farmers from both the land and sea.

Kicking off on Friday 20th April with the Waterford Way Tapas Trail, participants will be given the chance to enjoy one hero dish in a selection of different restaurants.

Also on the Friday night Chef Martijn Kajuiter, celebrating ten years in Cliff House Hotel, creates an intimate Chef’s Table dinner in the Michelin starred House Restaurant, championing the local producers he has built close relationships with and showcasing their beautiful produce through a stunning shared table tasting menu.

Some other Friday night events include the Secret Suppers, a new festival element where four chefs – Eunice Power, Shane McGrath (The Cliff House Hotel), Arun Kapil (Green Saffron), and Chris McGowan (Wine & Brine) each cook for a small group of guests in a secret location. These will be four exclusive dinner parties created by four very different chefs set in four homes in the area, with numbers of guests extremely limited.

Other highlights over the weekend include pop-up tastings, learning about the secret history of Absinthe, Food talks, a one-woman show accompanied by a supper of beef stew by Eunice Power and much more.

The Tannery will continue their festival tradition of hosting exceptional cooking talent, with Catherine Fulvio and Derry Clarke joining Paul Flynn in the kitchen for a Sunday lunch ‘Lords and Ladles’ style. Starting at 12.30pm, tickets are priced at €55 and can be booked directly with The Tannery.

Every day of West Waterford Festival of Food sees a busy schedule of trails and tours, whether it’s seaweed or forest foraging, taking one of the interesting Bus Bia tours through the West Waterford countryside with their different itineraries full of fascinating visits to local farmers and producers.

Always key to the West Waterford Festival of Food, and an integral part of this year’s programme are the little cooks. With plenty of events perfect for all from toddlers to teens, West Waterford Festival of Food 2018 will see little chefs shine with events and workshops so there’s plenty of options for a foodie day out for all the family.

Some of Ireland’s finest chefs, producers, stall-holders and all round lovers of fine food come to the beautiful coastal town of Dungarvan from 20th-22nd April to celebrate this fantastic Irish food festival. Combining the best of food and drink, engaging events, pop-up restaurants, one of Ireland’s largest farmers’ markets, trails and tours, kids’ cookery, and much more, the 11th annual West Waterford Festival of food is a must visit for food lovers everywhere.

Full details on the 2018 programme will be available on the Festival website by March 21st, and for bookings and enquiries contact 058 41741 or visit

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