A Celebration of Waterford From the Mountains to the Sea!
WaterFood 2020; From the mountains to the sea and throughout the historic city streets, Waterford comes alive this September with food, entertainment and art! Waterford has always been a city of firsts – the first place to roast coffee in Ireland, the home of the rasher, and not to forget the humble blaa.
Known nationally for its festival and event scene, this year Waterford comes together to celebrate all of the things that make Waterford great, as well as some more “firsts” – including the launch of Waterford Distillery’s ground breaking new Irish whiskey, a brand new sea themed festival in Tramore – Vitamin Sea Festival, and Waterford’s first Honey Show.
From September 4th to 13th Waterford’s renowned international street theatre organisation Spraoi, will present Spraoi Time 2020, which is sure to lift people’s spirits, hearts and minds in traditional Spraoi style. This walk-through exhibition will take place across the city streets over ten evenings in September and will feature mesmerising sculptures, spectacles, circus, lights and sounds. For the first time ever Spraoi will also have a foodie element as it overlaps with the Waterford Harvest Festival to offer pre theatre menus in many of the restaurants in Waterford city. www.spraoi.com
Waterford Harvest Festival will then present A Harvest Celebration from the 11th to 13th of September! With a keen focus on celebrating the very best of local food and drink, this year’s programme will be packed with dining events for every taste which will strictly adhere to social distancing and government guidelines. With online demos and chats, as well as events in cafes, restaurants, bars, distilleries, beaches and gardens there’s a Harvest event for everyone. From guided tours, to bottomless brunches, to Ancient Food Feasts, basket making to the love of bread and butter. This year even sees the launch of the Waterford Honey Show! All of these events will have a side of the usual serving of Harvest fun, and while it may look different, Harvest 2020 will be one to remember. www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie
Moving into mid-September, the coastal town of Tramore launches its inaugural Vitamin Sea Festival. A weekend programme of sea inspired events featuring exciting foodie collaborations, guest hosts, coastal excursions, taste trails, online events, craft markets and much more celebrating the vibrant outdoor and food scene! From freshly roasted coffee to Middle Eastern inspired falafels – Tramore has become a hive of artisan food producers and this will be showcased on 18th – 20th September. To keep up to date with this seaside foodie revolution check out ‘Vitamin Sea Festival’ on Facebook and Instagram. www.facebook.com/vitaminseafestival
And to conclude this county-wide celebration of Waterford’s artisan food producers, creative chefs, and world-class produce, the West Waterford Autumn Festival of Food is holding two Festival weekends. Wild Weekend takes to the mountains, rivers, beaches and woodlands of beautiful West Waterford to discover the best wild food tastes, with picnics, foraging, cruises, barbeques and more. Join renowned chefs to make the most of the new season’s foods from September 25th to 27th. Then October 2nd to 4th sees the region’s restaurants and chefs come together to showcase the best of local in Dining Weekend. www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com
With 100km of sandy beaches, the Waterford Greenway, a 46-km off-road walking and cycling path stretching from Waterford City to Dungarvan, the 1,000 year old Viking history that emanates from Ireland’s oldest city and some of the tastiest food festivals in the country, Waterford is perfect staycation destination all year round.
For full programmes for all of the above see www.spraoi.com, www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie, www.facebook.com/vitaminseafestival, www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com or www.visitwaterford.ie