The organisers of the West Waterford Festival of Food have come up with a new way to highlight and celebrate the region's food and producers this year.
Festival Spirit is running from 23 – 25 April and features virtual and socially distanced talks, experiences and workshops that showcase West Waterford’s food culture. The three-day events also sees the launch of a number of initiatives including an online gifting portal and a children’s adventure maps initiative in partnership with six local cafés, which will be rolled out across the county.
One highlight to look out for is the six-course dine Taste of the Festival meal experience which is available for delivery nationwide. Priced at €165 (to serve two) it’s a collaboration between some of Waterford’s top chefs including Roisin Horsom of Crews Restaurant, Paul Flynn of the Tannery, Ian Doyle of Cliff House Hotel, and Judit McNally of Ormond's.
Annemarie and Carol Prendergast of The 2 Sisters Restaurant have created a collection of petit fours for the collaboration, while the cheese and crackers course is by Eamonn Lonergan of Knockanore Farmhouse Cheese, Susan Denn of Interlude and Greg Harris of Cookhouse 360. There is also a bespoke aperitif cocktail from Blackwater Distillery created by mixologist John Coleman in collaboration with The Old Bank Dungarvan.
The weekend will also see the airing of Land & Sea Forage, a film showcasing foraging in the region. Filmed at Annestown Beach and Curraghmore House and Gardens, it's hosted by Paul Flynn and GIY founder Michael Kelly and contributors include Marie Power aka The Sea Gardener and Andrew Malcolm, a leading Irish forager.
For tickets, event registration and more info go to westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com.