Largest crowds ever for Waterford's Harvest Festival

Largest crowds ever for Waterford's Harvest Festival

The 2023 Waterford Harvest Festival attracted record crowds to the City over the weekend and the GIY team of organisers say the festival surpassed all expectations.

Shona Dubois and Rosy Bent the Festival’s Co-Directors along with GIY Founder Michael Kelly said: “All of our goals for the 2023 Harvest Festival were met, smashed even! All of the hardworking team behind the festival are equally elated and exhausted today, knowing what a fantastic event was delivered for all of our visitors and that all of our goals for the festival this year have been met."

They continued: "We have had the largest crowds to date for the festival, we gave away over 4,000 herbs to eager and enthusiastic people who were all keen to learn how to get started growing their own food, the Junior GIY zone was a big hit, all of our workshops were full with children everyday and Monty and his wormery was a special hit. Thousands of seeds were sown by the next generation of GIYers and Waterford, its food producers and Chefs shone brightly from the Taste Waterford Kitchen stage."

The  Waterford Harvest Festival  offered a full programme of entirely free events for everyone to enjoy - from a live music stage and a vast array of entertainment and things to see, do and eat throughout the festival weekend.


Highlights included ‘Food Matters’ food sustainability talks with some of the country’s most esteemed food writers, chefs, activists, journalists and business people offering engaging and entertaining debate each day.

Waterford’s rich food heritage was celebrated across the restaurants, eateries and producers with Waterford’s finest chefs delivering free cookery demos on the Taste Waterford Kitchen Stage.

In the Junior GIYer’s zone on O’Connell Street families enjoyed the Wooly Farm.

Artist Aga Krym created a new living art installation with Slí Waterford based on the UN sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger and the Cool Food School and GIY hosted workshops on seed sowing, growing and cooking food with Monty Potts.


There was storytelling and seed sowing at Waterford City Library and more.

At the Waterford Honey Show visitors voted on the best tasting honey and the winners were presented with their prizes by Darina Allen.

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