Local Food Hero’s central to Harvest Festival in Waterford City

From the smallest food businesses working from home kitchens to international market leaders of the food industry, this year’s Harvest Festival will showcase the best of what Waterford and the South East food producers have to offer.

The Harvest Festival takes place in Waterford City on the weekend of the 12th to 14th September 2014. Now in its sixth year, the three day festival has built a reputation as a valuable showcase for local and regional food producers.  Young and young at heart alike will be able to find something to whet their appetites throughout Waterford’s city centre, the Viking Triangle and the three City Centre Parks.

Since pagan times, the harvest festival has been a time to celebrate the crop, where family and community to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labour, and this year’s festival intends to do just that. New events to the programme include The Big Taste in John Robert’s Square, The New Street Garden Party and Wyse Weekend, along with the welcome return of the Enterprising Food Village, Picnic & Play in the Park and The Viking Rocks Craft Beerfest.

From buttered blaas to BLT’s, craft beer to creamy cupcakes, pulled pork to garden greens, Waterford Harvest Festival has something to suit all taste buds. Visitors can expect a variety of succulent street food from festival favourites and a smorgasbord of celebrity chefs such as Darina Allen in the Grow HQ Kitchen event.

Chair, Paul Nolan is looking forward to this year’s Festival, “We are extremely excited with the plans for September’s Harvest Festival. Personally I am delighted that this year we are focusing on highlighting, promoting and supporting the food producers in the region.”

“We want to make it a city wide festival that encompasses city centre retail, the historic Viking triangle and amenities such as New Street Gardens, Wyse Park and the People’s Park. We hope everyone supports their local food producers and enjoys what will be a wonderful weekend.”

This year’s festival promises a congruence of sights, sounds, tastes and aromas with cookery demonstrations, foodie films, tastings and workshops, all making Waterford City one big street party for Harvest weekend.

All roads lead to Waterford on 12th – 14th September.  If you want to know more the Harvest Festival’s full programme of events is available on http://www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie/.  

A Festival brochure will be distributed and also widely available throughout the City and County over the coming weeks.  Be sure to keep up to date on all things Harvest Fest by checking it out on Facebook and Twitter