Waterford on a plate!

25 restaurants collaborate to produce the essential guide to dining in Waterford – “Eat Waterford”
“EAT Waterford”, the definitive guide to dining in Waterford, puts the spotlight on the city as an exciting food tourism destination.

Launched this week, EAT Waterford offers locals and visitors alike a comprehensive insight into the world class dining experience available in the city and surrounds.  The informative guide provides details such as theme, price range, menu options, and accessibility on 25 Waterford restaurants.  The restaurants involved in the initiative range from classical French fine dining to traditional Asian cuisine and casual American style dining to time-honoured fresh Irish fayre.

EAT Waterford is the brainchild of Fiona McHardy, CEO of The Viking Triangle, Waterford’s cultural and heritage quarter.  Commenting on the launch of EAT Waterford, Fiona said, “This collaboration is an exciting example of the strength of co-working and what can be achieved by businesses who ordinarily compete with each other to attract visitors to our city.  In essence, the businesses, tourists and locals will all benefit.”

“The seed, to form a coalition amongst local restaurateurs, was sown at the end of last year’s tourist season.  In partnership with the local tourist office, we gathered extensive feedback from visitors not only about their overall experience of Waterford, but also their experience of dining out in the city.”

“In the main the feedback was extremely positive, however there was no overall guide to inform them about all of the fantastic restaurants Waterford has to offer.  As a result, EAT Waterford came into being and we intend to let locals and visitors know about the array of great restaurants and talented chefs that Waterford has.”

Another area this collaboration is keen to promote is the role that local producers play.  All of the restaurants are ardent supporters of artisan producers and there is currently an exciting cohort of local producers who supply these restaurants in Waterford.  The home of the blaa, rashers and even the humble cream cracker has inspired a generation of producers of great meat, seafood, breads, vegetables, beer and spirits.

EAT Waterford is supported by Waterford City and County Council and Lar Power, Director of Economic Development, welcomed the initiative.  “It’s great to see businesses working together to promote the city, its food culture, its hospitality, its producers and ultimately its calibre of restaurants” he said.

“At a glance visitors can get a real feel for Waterford city and all that it has to offer.  The restaurants and hotels working on this initiative have proven that sharing a common goal and working together can only enhance the food offering of Waterford city as a whole.”
To find out more about the EAT dining experience visit http://eatwaterford.ie/ or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.