Waterford’s Annual
Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival participants.

By Gregory Chestler, Editorial Assistant
August / September 2019

The 11th annual Waterford Harvest Festival is set for September 6-8.


Waterford is expecting over 40,000 attendees to partake in the annual celebration of local food, culture, and heritage. This year there is a special emphasis on sustainability. On opening night, a dinner hosted by nonprofit GIY (Grow It Yourself) will feed 50 lucky diners a zero-waste meal. The dishes will be prepared by GROW HQ head Chef J.B. Dubois and visiting chef and Chef’s Manifesto Ambassador Conor Spacey of Food Space. GROW HQ is the food education center of GIY – which offers classes on growing, cooking and wellbeing. 70 free and ticketed events, ranging from educational workshops to elegant dinners, will take place over the weekend, with lots of activities for grown-ups and kids. Festival Director Tommie Ryan remarked, “From cooking demos and feasts with some of Ireland’s extraordinary chefs, to butter-making, wood carving, and beekeeping workshops; to our eco-friendly food stalls and markets, this year’s Waterford Harvest Festival is the most diverse yet.”

Regardless of your age, the festival promises that you won’t leave hungry or without a potential new hobby – and you might just learn how to cut down on food waste and save some dollars throughout the process!

For more information on the event, visit www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie. ♦

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