GIY is to organise Waterford’s Harvest Festival, it's been confirmed.
The annual festival runs in the city from September 10th to 11th and celebrates local food and drinks producers through markets, demos, family events and more.
Harvest Festival 2022 will also feature live music, suppers, entertainment, workshops and a mobile farm. Full details will be announced on the festival website over the coming weeks.
The organisation was founded in Waterford by Michael Kelly in 2008. It places food and food provenance at the centre of its activities and has been recognised the world over for its authenticity, growth and success.
GROW HQ, the headquarters of GIY which comprises a cafe, shop and working organic garden, was established at Ardkeen in Waterford in 2016.
GIY and Harvest
Michael Kelly is delighted to be on board with Waterford's Harvest Festival, saying he plans to create an event that promotes "a biodiverse and climate-positive future with healthy food systems, regenerative economies and a thriving community."
“It is our goal to re-invigorate the passion that the people of Waterford have for the Harvest Festival and ensure an outward-looking food festival that puts Waterford at the centre of a national and international discussion about food and makes a lasting ecological and social contribution to the Waterford community.
Michael Kelly is urging the people of Waterford to come out and celebrate, “We are lucky enough to live in the place where everyone else wants to live right now. We have a thriving food and drinks scene and we want to celebrate all of this at the Harvest Festival," he added.
Commenting on the announcement Cllr Joe Kelly as Mayor of Waterford City & County says, “As Mayor of Waterford, I am delighted that so many of Waterford’s festivals are returning this year. I am particularly excited with the new local team in GIY coming on board to deliver the Harvest Festival this year. I think this partnership will showcase Waterford as a leader in bringing sustainability to our festivals and help start delivering on our commitments to decarbonise Waterford from a grass roots level.”