6 Events To Check Out At This Year's Waterford Festival Of Food

6 Events To Check Out At This Year's Waterford Festival Of Food

The Waterford Festival Of Food Is Nearly Here!

Dungarvan and its neighbouring villages and towns will be buzzing with food lovers over the weekend of April 19th-21st at the Waterford Festival Of Food.

Waterford Festival of Food is one of Ireland’s largest and longest-running community food festivals. The main hub for this 3-day event is the scenic harbour town of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford with events also taking place in nearby Lismore, Ardmore, Villierstown, Ballyduff, Cappoquin and Kilmeaden, making it a unique showcase of the flavours and characters local to this food region.

Highlights from the diverse range of events on this year’s programme include guided taste tours, kitchen table talks with influential people from Ireland’s food scene and beyond, high profile guest chef dining events, sustainability workshops, and pop-up experiences in unusual locations. There will also be foraging walks, food waste talks, bus tours to farms and mountains, live cooking demos, and the festival’s famous market which is Ireland’s largest outdoor market, in Dungarvan’s market square on the final day.

However, we've chosen 6 that we think you just have to check out if you're planning to take a visit to the Waterford Festival of Food.

6 Events To Check Out At This Year's Waterford Festival Of Food

1. Ardmore Stars

  • Date: Friday, April 19, 2024 6:30 pm
  • Venue: Whitehorses Restaurant, Main St, Duffcarrick, Ardmore, Waterford

To kick off your weekend, head to Ardmore for an evening unlike any other at the restaurant where we showcase our trusted star local suppliers and producers.

They will also be celebrating the stars under the roof the amazing staff who have made the Whitehorses such a wonderful success and continue to grow with it.

The party will commence with bubbles and fun in the garden followed by what promises to be a memorable celebration dinner in the dining room for all of you shining stars!

Drink reception in the garden begins at 18:30 - €75 per person


Book Tickets Here


2. Tirlán Family Fun Zone

  • Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024 11:00 am
  • Venue: Dungarvan Castle

Running daily on Saturday and Sunday, join the fun in the Tirlán Family Fun Zone where you can get up close and personal with the animals at the mobile farm, meet the birds of prey, plant a seedling, enjoy the kids rides and take part in wellness taster sessions in this relaxed family space all at Dungarvan Castle.

Suitable for all Ages


3. Sunrise Yoga, Sauna and Breakfast

  • Date:Saturday, April 20, 2024 6:00 am
  • Venue: Clonea Lower Beach Car Park, Dungarvan

16+ Enjoy an inspiring early morning event on the beach starting with a 30-minute gentle yoga session with Emer of Elevate Wellbeing, followed by a 30 minute sauna session with The Hot Pod in their wooden barrel sauna with views over the sea.

Dip in and out for a sea swim as you please. Lastly enjoy a delicious breakfast of overnight oats (vegan & gluten free) and coffee of choice served by Castle End Coffee.

Times:  Saturday and Sunday – 6.00am, 6.30am, 7.00am and 7.30am

Yoga is suitable for beginners. Please bring your own mat and blanket if possible.

See further details and tickets here


4. Behind the Bite: A Portrait Series of Our Local Food Heroes

  • Date: 19th - 21st April
  • Venue: Currans Store, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, Waterford

Showcases the essence of Dungarvan and County Waterford’s local food heroes through the lens of acclaimed photographer Joleen Cronin.

This exhibition features forty striking black and white portraits, capturing the spirit of our diverse culinary community—from bakers to brewers and everyone in between.

Each portrait offers a glimpse into the lives of those who craft, create, and enrich our local food culture. Join us at Tom Curran’s Store throughout the festival weekend to explore the faces and stories behind our vibrant culinary scene.

Sneak preview here


5. The Kitchen Table Talks

  • Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024 11:00 am
  • Venue: Currans Store, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, Waterford

The Kitchen Table (Talks) in Currans Store on the Quay is the homely heartbeat of this 2024 Festival. Planting the message of the festival right where it belongs… at the open Kitchen Table!

These talks bring economists, chefs, actors, storytellers, podcasters, food producers back to the Kitchen Table for some good old open conversation. This is your table, your home, your Dungarvan. The festival mission in 2024 is to ensure that the local people who grow, produce, cook, and sell food all have a central presence so join them and you can look forward to some familiar faces and lively conversation around the Kitchen Table Talks!

Check out who be talking here


6. Taste Waterford

  • Date:Sunday, April 21, 2024 11:00 am
  • Venue: Currans Store, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, Waterford

Taste Waterford promotes food and drink producers along with the retail and hospitality sectors throughout the county. It provides the Waterford food community with a platform for networking and to showcase their products. On Sunday, they have a collective from the Waterford food community along with some guests to chat about all things food.

These talks have been curated and will be presented by Richard Povey.

Check out all the guests here


Festival team

The Waterford Festival of Food is brought to you by a small office team, and a huge number of dedicated volunteers, sponsors, supporters, funders, friends, growers, producers, chefs, cafe owners, and the whole brilliant community that add up to make this region so special.

Check out waterfordfestivaloffood.com for more info.


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