I am bursting with excitement! This weekend is the Waterford Festival of Food in my hometown of Dungarvan in Ireland. There is so much great stuff going on and I will be filling my boots.
Of course, I am going to wax lyrical about it. We have a brilliant food culture there and I frequently rant about it. In case people didn’t believe me, I brought four other bloggers there, and they loved it too. And now, Richard Corrigan and Mark Hix are popping over to cook dinner this weekend.
The weekend is peppered with Bus Bia (Bia is food in the Irish language) tours including a Beer & Seafood one on Saturday, and a Seaweed Seminar on Sunday. There will also be Farmers Markets, walks, talks, demonstrations in the town hall and lots of fringe events.
Highlights (for me!) are:
The Dungarvan Brewing Co are launching a festival beer – a coffee and oatmeal stout. It will be available in the Craft Beer Garden at The Moorings all weekend. Only established one year,they have already won several awards and have fans like Darina Allen and Paul Flynn. Me too, if you’re wondering ;)
Thursday 14th Aril, West Waterford 3 Chefs Kitchen Supper at The Tannery
While not strictly speaking a part of the Waterford Festival of Food, this will be a very special dinner bringing together the talents of Martijn Kaujiter (the only Michelin Starred chef outside Dublin), Eddie Baugio from O’Brien’s Chophouse and Paul Flynn. They will cook a kitchen supper showcasing the best of West Waterford cooking and produce with seasonal vegetables from our own Tannery garden. The evening kicks off with rhubarb martinis, made by Justin Green of Ballyvolane House and a short demo by the chefs, describing what they are cooking and why they like to cook this way. Places limited to 30 are €55 each and this event is now fully booked.
Friday 15th April, Food Camp 2: Following on from the first Food Camp in Kilkenny last year, Waterford Festival of Food is host to Food Camp 2. The Food Camp is attracting some big names in Irish food circles and will set the agenda for debate on the food industry which is seen as one of the key economic drivers as the country bids to haul itself out of recession.
The event at King John’s Castle will involve free speaking sessions and panel discussions. I will be on the panel but don’t let that put you off! Speaking slots are available to anyone with skills and experiences to share with others interested in or already involved in the food industry in Ireland. Intending participants simply register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with an outline of their topic. You’d be surprised at who you might meet there.
There will also be a special 6 course tasting menu in the Tannery Restaurant celebrating the Waterford Festival of Food - €55 per person.
Saturday 16th April, Richard Corrigan & Mark Hix at The Tannery Cookery School with Paul Flynn
On Saturday 16th April Richard Corrigan and Mark Hix will cook a kitchen supper in the Tannery Cookery School. Richard and Mark need no introduction here. Dungarvans own Paul Flynn will cook the main course and the evening kicks off with cocktails followed by a short talk by the chefs and supper. Places limited to 30 are €65 each and this event is now fully booked.
Further information is available online at http://www.waterfordfestivaloffood.com/
Hope to see you there!