Ireland, Travelling
comments 13

A Postcard from the Waterford Festival of Food

Paul Flynn, Mark Hix, Richard Corrigan & Bill Knott enjoy some local stout

I sit in Dungarvan, gazing out at a gorgeous sunny day, with maybe a few hours before I dash to catch my flight back to London. Pondering the brilliant Waterford Festival of Food, I have to send you a quick little postcard on it.

I am immensely proud of what has developed in my little home town over recent years. We have food to rival anywhere and attract great food talent like Mark Hix & Richard Corrigan. The Tannery had some fantastic events that top anything I have been to elsewhere.

Brilliant local cheeses were showcased, fantastic beef, local oysters and other fish. Our local brewery, the Dungarvan Brewing Co made a terrific coffee & oatmeal stout with – of course – our local Flahavans. We have everything here, including Irelands only michelin starred chef outside of Dublin, Martin Kajuiter. I am bursting with pride.

What really made it was just how much fun it was, and the enthusiasm of everyone involved. I can’t wait to see next years evolution.

More soon once I get back to London town.

Martin Kajuiters Spring Chicken Starter at The Tannery Cookery School

West Waterford Experience Chefs

Paul Flynns Daube of Beef with Wild Garlic Mash

Unwinding after Service

Unwinding after Service - I told you it was fun!

Coffee & Oatmeal Stout

Making Treacle Cured Garvlax with Local Wild Salmon in OBriens Chop House, Lismore

Beef & Oyster Pie at OBriens Chop House, Lismore

Paul Flynn, Mark Hix & Richard Corrigan at The Tannery Cookery School

Mark Hix, Richarfd Corrigan & Paul Flynn at The Tannery Cookery School

Mark Hix, Richarfd Corrigan & Paul Flynn at The Tannery Cookery School

Tannery Cookery School

Unwinding After Service at The Tannery Cookery School

Award Winning Triskel Gaots Cheese from Portlaw, Waterford

Eunice Power feeds the masses paella

Cheesey Smile from the Raw Cheesemaker

Great Coffee from Badger & Dodo

Wild Garlic Pesto

Máire from The Tannery

The Farmers Market

Irish BBQ

Some locals chow down




  1. Aoife says

    Had the beef and oyster pie in O’Briens yesterday. Was delicious. Went to dungarvan but we were all freezing, stupidly underdressed, typical Irish, bit of sun and boom clothes gone lol.

  2. I’m raging now that I didn’t stay the extra day and go to the market, it looks like it was the highlight of the festival!

  3. WOW WOW WOW looks amazing! Cooking royalty. What a sight around that picnic bench!
    I still fantasise about about Mark Hix’s elderflower icecream and berry jelly that he did for great british menu a few years ago. Drool…

  4. Honestly, your home town put on a great show. I had such a fab time and am still on a high. Thanks for being such a generous local lass (Niamh knows EVERYONE). Stilll chuckling over the fun & food there.

  5. Pingback: April Goings On: Comfort & Spice Published in the US & Canada, Cooking at Waterford Festival of Food, Recipe in Delicious Magazine and Interview in the Irish Examiner |

Over to you! Your comments - I would love to hear from you :)