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Harvest Festival 13081914 August 2019: Waterford Harvest Festival is to transform the historic city into a foodie wonderland from 6 – 8 September, with over 70 free and ticketed events taking place. The three days of gastronomical greatness is to feature some of Ireland’s best chefs, interactive demonstrations, and delectable food and drinks. For full details see waterfordharvestfestival.ie.

There will be free masterclasses from respected chefs across the weekend at John Roberts Square with A Taste of Dawn Meats Cooking Demos to feature Edward Hayden and GastroGays, along with Jenny Flynn (Faithlegg House Hotel), Emiliano Cislaghi (Emiliano’s Italian Restaurant), Eric Thezé (La Boheme), Eoin Aulsberry (Holy Cross Bar & Restaurant) and Sam Burfield (The Tannery).

Speaking on the 11th annual Waterford Harvest Festival, Festival Director Tommie Ryan said: “Whether you want to learn from your culinary heroes, fancy becoming a world blaa eating champion or simply want to celebrate the great Irish produce that is seaweed, there is something for everyone at Harvest. Thanks to our brilliant chefs, growers, producers, distillers, foragers and brewers, visitors will have the chance to embark on some serious taste adventures across the three days.

“The epicentre is the Festival Market on Arundel Square and Michael Street, open across the weekend and full of food champions showcasing and selling their mouth-watering food and beverages. The annual Blaa Eating Competition also takes place on Sunday at Arundel Square. There is the Waterford Chamber Skillnet’s South East Makers Market on Broad Street, while The Apple Market hosts the Copper Coast Pop-up Market on Saturday and Waterford’s finest producers and makers on Sunday.

“We are also delighted to celebrate Waterford produce and the launch of Fáilte Ireland’s #TasteTheIsland campaign with a new event, Greenway Grazing - The Waterford Way on the Friday. The Waterford Greenway will become an open market for the occasion, with an opportunity for walkers and cyclists to graze their way along the trail.”

Coupled with special beer, wine, whiskey and gin tastings and tours across the weekend, will be unique dining experiences hosted by local restaurants during Waterford Harvest Festival including a zero waste dinner created by GROW HQ Head Chef JB Dubois, and visiting chef and Chef’s Manifesto Ambassador Conor Spacey of Food Space at the GROW HQ on the Dunmore Road (6 September).

There will also be a Food from our Fields experience at Bellissimo (6 September); and an exclusive Grand Finale Dinner at Faithlegg with chefs Jenny Flynn, Pamela Kelly and Paula Hannigan (8 September). Showcasing Irish flavours with a Malaysian twist, head chef at The Cottage Restaurant, Co. Leitrim, Sham Hanifa will produce a special lunch at Everett’s Restaurant (8 September); while seaweed expert Marie Power joins the team at Momo for a tasting menu featuring local seaweeds (7 September).

There will be brunch at the Granary Café (8 September); local oysters at the Viking Longboat at Reginald’s Tower on the Saturday and Sunday; and a business networking lunch with Waterford Local Enterprise Office at Dooley’s Hotel (6 September). On Saturday (7 September) there will be a three-course meal paired with drinks from Waterford’s most passionate producers at The Reg; a Pigs and Pints event on Bailey’s New Street; and a meat lovers’ feast at Bodega. There will also be a Mexican Day at No.9; a middle eastern inspired mezze barbecue at Loko; and a tasting menu of Thai and Vietnamese street food at Sabai.

Speaking on sports nutrition at a free Glanbia sports talk will be nutritional therapist Amy Gilligan, sports scientist Arthur Dunne, fitness instructor, Ken Browne and Waterford FC manager Alan Reynolds. The event takes place at The Book Centre on Friday (September 6) and will be hosted by WLR’s Kieran O’Connor. Discussing whether a plant based diet is better for us and the planet will be GIY’s Michael Kelly and a panel of experts in Theatre Royal on Saturday (7 September).

There will also be a host of family activities such as a free kids chocolate biscuit making workshop at Carters Chocolate Café (8 September); and the renowned Baby HQ: Harvest LiveWell Day at Ballinakill Shopping Centre (6 September). The Ballybricken Fair, running on the Saturday and Sunday at Ballybricken Green, will include wood carving, birds of prey, an Agri Aware mobile farm and Butter Discos, where kids learn to churn as they dance.

For the full festival programme visit waterfordharvestfestival.ie. Follow Waterford Harvest Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #WaterfordHarvest19

Dunmore Bluegrass 2019 posterIf free banjo pickin', foot tappin' mandolin' pluckin', barnstormin', step dancin' fiddle playin', double bass clawin' sessions are for you, then the beautiful picturesque coastal village of Dunmore East, Co. Waterford is the only place to be from August 22nd to August 25th.

Fans of bluegrass, Americana, blues, country, rhythm ‘n’ roots can expect the cream of the musical crop as top class acts line up for this year’s 25th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival.

Top international names include Liz Moriondo from Missouri and The 19th Street Band, with roots in Arlington, Virginia and Holywood, Northern Ireland.

Closer to home there’s Alfi, a new Dublin trio combine Appalachian old-time music and Irish trad sounds to produce their own unique songs. Their tracks feature an unusual blend of harp, five-string banjo, low whistle, uilleann pipes and vocals. Dublin band Raglan Rodeo are renowned for their blend of originals and covers.

Acoustic harmony band The Blue Light Smugglers, specialise in bluegrass, country and swing, while Pilgrim St is a seven-piece outfit who bring a broad range of Americana, country, folk and bluegrass to their concerts.

Lands End’s music is strongly embedded in the bluegrass tradition, while each bandmate brings a distinctive sound of their own to the musical arrangements of the group.

Kiss My Grass hailing from Co. Wexford is a band all set to bring an energetic and vibrant bluegrass and rockabilly sound to the festival. Whistle specialises in Americana-style folk, roots, bluegrass, country and rock ’n’ roll. Together the six-piece deliver multi-part vocal harmonies, alongside guitar, banjo, violin, bass, harmonica, mandolin and accordion instruments.

The Northern Irish based Mons Wheeler Big Band also make a welcome return to the festival. Their trademark big rockabilly sound is guaranteed to get the crowds on their feet and Charlie Reader, often referred to as ‘The One-Man Band’ performs acoustic folk melodies and harmonies with the energy one would typically expect from a full group.

The 25th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival kicks off on Thursday, August 22nd at the Strand Inn and heralds the start of forty free gigs and pickin’ sessions throughout the village at The Strand Inn, The Spinnaker Bar, Azzurro Restaurant, Power’s Bar and The Ocean Hotel.

For more information about the 25th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival in Co. Waterford, keep up to date on Facebook – Discover Dunmore East - or to download the Dunmore East Festival Bluegrass brochure visit www.discoverdunmore.com.

WIT adult learnersWaterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has seen a 363 rise in part-time students from 2017/2018 to 2018/2019 according to the latest audited Higher Education Authority (HEA) SRS Returns.

The number of students studying WIT’s part-time and online courses increased to 1650 in 2018, a 28% increase on 2017.

Neil Quinlan, Head of the Department of Lifelong Learning says more and more adult learners and employers see the value in continuous learning.

“We are delighted to see an increase in our overall flexible and part-time student numbers as well as students of our online courses. The institute has placed a major emphasis on flexible and part-time learning over the last number of years with a focus on supporting industry needs through bespoke and flexible course delivery. It’s not too late to enquire about courses starting this September. Applications for 2019 can be made until late August and WIT staff are on hand to talk through the application process.”

WIT’s upcoming open evening on Wednesday, 21 August (5pm-7pm) will give adults who are considering a change of career, upskilling or climbing the career ladder a chance to find out how they can benefit from a course.

“Lifelong learning is a mainstream activity of all academic departments at WIT,” explains Quinlan. “Our part-time courses are integrated with academic schools and departments and are of solid academic quality. This is important not just to our students but in many cases their employers who support their return to education.”

WIT has built a strong reputation in the delivery of business courses and this extends into its part-time portfolio. In addition, the demand for engineering personnel has resulted in engineering courses with flexible delivery.

ArcLabs WITEarly-stage entrepreneurs from across the south east, with three hours a week to spare, are invited to apply for the 8-week New Frontiers programme (Phase 1). The programme is run by the WIT School of Business from ArcLabs, the innovation hub based at WIT’s West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford. Past participants say the free course has saved them from making the wrong financial decisions in relation to their business, as well as giving them the tools to take their idea or start-up to the next step.

The deadline for applications is Monday, 2 September at 4pm Applicants apply online at www.wit.ie/newfrontiers.

New Frontiers Programme Manager at Waterford Institute of Technology, Eugene Crehan explains the time commitment for Phase 1 is one evening per week, starting from early September. “This gives people the opportunity to investigate their start-up idea in stealth mode, surrounded by other like-minded people, giving it the best chance for success.”

Phase 1 of the New Frontiers Programme will commence in Waterford at ArcLabs, the innovation hub based on WIT’s West Campus in September 2019 with Phase 2 commencing in December 2019. For more information and to make an application see www.wit.ie/newfrontiers

In 2016 €1.5m in Enterprise Ireland funding was announced to support early-stage entrepreneurs over five years across the south east region. Successful applicants to Phase 2 received €15,000 financial support available to further develop their innovative business start-up. Paid in tax free monthly instalments of €2,500 for six months, this gives people the chance to work further on their business while getting paid to do so.

With recent reports highlighting the Health Service Executive’s financial deficit reaching €170 million, Home Instead Senior Care is offering advice to those whose home help packages have been affected.

There are currently 6,000 people awaiting home help packages and HSE budgetary constraints may curtail the provision of new packages to those who wish to live independently at home, rather than enter long-term nursing care.

Danette Connolly, Director of Care at Home Instead Senior Care Waterford, said that it can be a very worrying and uncertain time for those with elderly relatives. “Home-help hours are particularly vulnerable to being cut and that will have consequences for seniors who are waiting to be discharged from hospital or are in receipt of home-help hours.”

“While not an ideal solution, there are a few things that families can do to help alleviate the stress of the situation.”

“If at all viable, family members can apply for extended leave from their employers while a more comprehensive care plan is put in place for their elderly relative. It may not be a long-term solution, but employees are entitled to take carers leave of at least 13 weeks to look after a sick or elderly relative.”

“If a family member takes extended leave, they may qualify for Carer’s Benefit. This payment is made to insured people who leave the workforce to care for a person in need of full-time care.”

Having a hospital discharge plan in place for an elderly relative coming home from hospital is imperative. While it may take plenty of time-tabling and co-operation amongst family member, it will make the discharge process easier and less fraught with unforeseen difficulties.

Danette suggests collaboration between family members. “Identify common care responsibilities you need to handle for your family member and work with other family members to ensure these needs are met. Chores such as bathing, dressing, toileting, cooking, cleaning, medication management and medical appointments can be allocated to family members most suited to that particular need.”

“There are community organisations that can help with services such as transport or meal delivery. While it may take time and research, having all the bases covered in rolling out a discharge plan will provide peace of mind and assurance.”

Private care is another alternative to those in need of home care, temporary relief or ongoing care. Tax relief can be claimed by the bill payer at their marginal rate of tax (either 20% or 40%). In most instances the bill payer is a son or daughter and up to €75,000 can be claimed.

Home Instead Senior Care provides services to seniors in their own homes to help them retain their independence by assisting with activities of daily living such as meal preparation, laundry, shopping, light housekeeping, and personal care.

To find out more information visit www.citizensinformation.ie. Alternatively call Home Instead Senior Care Waterford on 051 333966 for a free consultation to discuss your home care needs or visit www.homeinstead.ie

Waterford Institute of Technology is to host a Springboard and Part-time Open Evening on Wednesday 21 August 2019 from 5pm-7pm.

This gives people considering a return to education through an evening course, online course or through block release the chance to talk to WIT subject experts and discuss flexible course opportunities available in 2019/20. Springboard+ experts will also be on hand to discuss Springboard+. Springboard-funded courses are now open to people irrespective of their employment status.

Applications for 2019 can be made until late August WIT staff are on hand to talk through the application process.

Springboard level 6 courses will remain free to all participants, and returning students and those in receipt of certain allowances, including Jobseekers Benefit, will continue to be able to access courses free of charge. For employed participants on Springboard courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee will be funded by the Government, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.

There is no need to register for this free event - just turn up on the evening.

See more at www.wit.ie/springboard and www.wit.ie/parttime

The picturesque Co. Waterford fishing village of Dunmore East plays host to the 25th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival from Thursday, August 22 to Sunday, August 25.

Fans of bluegrass, honky-tonk, blues, country, Americana and rhythm ‘n’ roots are in for a real musical treat. The festival will feature a whole host of artists playing almost forty free gigs throughout the village.

Making their Dunmore East debut is The 19th Street Band. Hailing originally from Holywood, Northern Ireland, Caolaidhe Davis moved to the US in 2005 to pursue a career in music. While establishing an earlier group, he found himself in need of a fiddle player. This led him to meet Meghan, who auditioned for his band. What Caolaidhe didn’t know was that he was also auditioning his future wife.

Fast forward a few months and the pair found themselves living on ‘19th Street’ in Arlington, Virginia. There, they wrote songs and created the sound that would become the backbone of The 19th Street Band - a fusion of Americana, country and rock.

Another new act to appear at this year’s festival is Missourian Liz Moriondo. Embarking on her first ever Irish tour, she is a talented singer songwriter who is well known for her dynamic voice.

There’s also Raglan Rodeo, a Dublin band renowned for their blend of originals and covers. Raglan Rodeo draws upon a wide range of influences, including Hank Williams and Carter family classics to Bob Dylan, Neil Young and other Americana artists.

Alfi, a new Dublin trio combines Appalachian old-time music and Irish trad sounds to produce their own unique songs. Their tracks feature an unusual blend of harp, five-string banjo, low whistle, uilleann pipes and vocals.

Meanwhile, another notable fresh three-piece is acoustic harmony band The Blue Light Smugglers, comprising of Luke Coffey, Terence Cosgrave and Niall Hughes. Specialising in bluegrass, country and swing, the group can usually be found playing a residency at the Blue Light Pub, nestled at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.

In terms of returning acts, there’s Pilgrim St – who made an electric Dunmore East debut in 2018. The seven-piece outfit bring a broad range of Americana, country, folk and bluegrass to their concerts. Those familiar with the group have come to expect a lively and energetic performance from Navan’s finest.

There’s also Lands End, whose members hail from Cork, Galway, Dublin, Munich, Liverpool and Gloucestershire. Whilst their music is strongly embedded in the bluegrass tradition, each bandmate brings a distinctive sound of their own to the musical arrangements of the group.

Another returning act is Kiss My Grass. Hailing from Co. Wexford, the band is all set to bring an energetic and vibrant bluegrass and rockabilly sound to the festival.

Meanwhile, Dublin outfit Whistle specialise in Americana-style folk, roots, bluegrass, country and rock ’n’ roll. Together the six-piece deliver multi-part vocal harmonies, alongside guitar, banjo, violin, bass, harmonica, mandolin and accordion instruments.

The Northern Irish based Mons Wheeler Big Band also makes a welcome return to the festival. Their trademark big rockabilly sound is guaranteed to get the crowds on their feet.

Another crowd-pleaser is Charlie Reader, often referred to as ‘The One-Man Band’, as the Liverpudlian artist performs acoustic folk melodies and harmonies with the energy one would typically expect from a full group.

The 25th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival will kick off on Thursday, August 22 at the Strand Inn in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford. The event heralds the start of forty free gigs throughout the village at The Strand Inn, The Spinnaker Bar, Azzurro Restaurant, Power’s Bar and The Ocean Hotel.

You can also keep up to date on all things Bluegrass on the Discover Dunmore East Facebook page or by visiting www.discoverdunmore.com

New Frontiers Shana ChuCounty Waterford innovators, entrepreneurs and start-ups have the opportunity to invest one night a week to road-test their business ideas.

The New Frontiers programme for early stage entrepreneurs is open for applications for its 8-week programme starting in September.

New Frontiers, funded by Enterprise Ireland, is for potential entrepreneurs who have a well thought-out innovative business idea or an innovative technology that has the potential to be developed into a scalable high potential start-up company.

New Frontiers Programme Manager at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Eugene Crehan says Phase 1, which is taking applications for this September, is ideal for working people who want to investigate their start-up idea over a few months and perhaps even take it further if they are successful in getting onto Phase 2 of the programme.

“The time commitment for Phase 1 is one evening per week for 8 weeks, starting from early September. As well as being a fantastic learning and development experience it is also a useful lead-in to Phase 2 of New Frontiers. On Phase 2 of New Frontiers participants spend six months getting paid to develop their business ideas; they receive €2,500 tax free a month for six months. We have individuals travelling from across the south east to participate.”

Past participants on New Frontiers at WIT from County Waterford in recent years include:

Charlotte Matabaro, Rathgormack, Co Waterford co-founder of Mohecan, participated on Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the New Frontiers Programme in 2017 and 2018. “The key benefit for me was being in a room with the other participants who are going through all the same struggles and facing the same challenges as you are – it is a very supportive environment.”

Shana Chu, STYL.wrap participated on Phase 1 and 2 of the New Frontiers Programme in 2018/2019. The key benefit for her company was: “New Frontiers gave me a great opportunity to expand my network with key industry experts.  The advice and support from these experts and from the workshop facilitators was instrumental in helping me develop my business proposition.”

In 2016 Enterprise Ireland announced increased supports of early-stage entrepreneurs over five years across the south east region with funding of €2.7m to run New Frontiers programmes in Waterford and Carlow institutes of technology. 

Phase 1 of the New Frontiers Programme will commence in Waterford at ArcLabs, the innovation hub based on WIT’s West Campus in September 2019 on a part-time basis, with Phase 2 commencing in December 2019.

The deadline for applications is Monday, 2 September at 4pm. Applicants apply online at www.wit.ie/newfrontiers.

Waterford Transport Hub

26th July 2019: Plans for a state-of-the-art Transport Hub on Waterford’s North Quays go on public display today (26 July) at Waterford City and County Council offices and online. The Transport Hub is part of a transformative urban regeneration project, which will see the redevelopment of the eight-hectare North Quays site into a modern mixed-use development with a hotel, offices, apartments and 50,000 square meters of retail, hospitality and entertainment space.

Waterford City and County Council’s Part 8 planning application proposes the construction of a new train station to replace the existing Plunkett Station. The planning in the city’s designated Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) also includes a new bus set down area and short-term parking facilities. This latest milestone for the North Quays development comes at a time of significant investment for the county and region with multi-million euro funding recently announced for Waterford Airport, Waterford Greenway, and the Kilkenny Greenway from Waterford to New Ross.

Councillor John Pratt, Mayor of Waterford City and County Council said: “It’s fantastic to see the innovative North Quays development take a significant step forward with the Part 8 planning application for the Transport Hub. This will be one of Ireland’s most modern transport hubs, linking the city’s rail and bus services and dramatically improving access from north to south. It will be transformative for those living and working in Waterford — connecting with the Greenway, the proposed sustainable transport bridge and an enhanced road network.”

Further developments for the SDZ, which is a project under Project Ireland 2040, will see Falcon Real Estate Development Ireland imminently submit a planning application for the eight-hectare real estate mixed-use scheme on Waterford’s North Quays, and An Bord Pleanála decide on the Planning application for the Sustainable Transport Bridge to the South Quays. In making their decision on the new Sustainable Transport Bridge across the River Suir, An Bord Pleanála has sought further information on a specific issue relating to the visual impact of the vessel protection system on the opening section of the bridge. Waterford City and County Council will be responding in the next two weeks but there will be no impact on project timelines.

Waterford City and County Council Chief Executive, Michael Walsh added: “The ground-breaking Falcon Real Estate Development Ireland scheme, together with the Transport Hub and the Sustainable Transport Bridge, will transform Waterford into a modern city quarter. The North Quays offices and accommodation will provide for a range of enterprises and up to 1,500 jobs primarily targeted at Foreign Direct Investment. In total, 2,300 jobs will be generated by the development and a further 1,000 in strategic industrial lands. These additional jobs alone will generate consumer spend in excess of €50m per annum and lead to an estimated annual footfall of 2,500,000.

“We are a city undergoing huge transition, with 5,000 additional jobs expected by 2025 and Waterford’s tourism numbers to double by 2025 to one million. The North Quays, the development of Mount Congreve as a world class visitor experience and the Government’s recent €2.65 million investment in the Waterford Greenway and €5 million in Waterford Airport, firmly places Waterford as the gateway city of the south east. Waterford is driving forward with the delivery of a forward-looking urban centre that will make it the most cost competitive regional city in Ireland, accelerating regional growth over the long term, and supporting a stronger national economy.”

Waterford City and County Council has submitted a bid for €104.5m to fund the North Quays development via the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund, with matching funding at  a local level accounting for a further €34.8m. Part 8 comes following extensive work by Waterford City and County Council with Coras Iompair Éireann, Iarnród Éireann and Bus Éireann.

Further elements in the Part 8 include associated works such as alterations to the existing bus depot site, upgrades to the drainage network and flood defence works. The planning application is available for inspection at the Council’s offices in Waterford City and Dungarvan until 23 August. It is also available to view at www.waterfordcouncil.ie/projects/public-consultations/index.htm.

Mathematical Entertainer Caroline AinsleyMaths Ireland, coordinated by Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s groundbreaking STEM engagement centre, is once again celebrating maths during Spraoi. As one of the festival’s creative partners, Calmast brings workshops, demos and activities to thousands of people over two days of Spraoi.

Spraoi is a free urban festival with performers from all over the world taking place from 2-4 August on the streets of Waterford.

The all-weekend festival features Irish and international artists, street performers and musicians and attracts more than 100,000 visitors over three days.

Ben Dolan, Maths Ireland Digital Engagement Manager, says “We’re delighted to be part of such an inspiring festival and to bring maths to the streets of Waterford. Maths Ireland will present hands-on puzzles, games and other activities for all on Hanover Street, 3 and 4 August, from 1pm.”

For several years now Hanover Street turns into STEM Street during the Spraoi weekend. “Everyone is welcome to engage in exciting experiments, intriguing chemistry demos, hands-on physics, and much more with Calmast, the Physics Buskers, Mathematical Entertainer Caroline Ainslie and Juggling Scientist James Soper, who will also present their shows in Garter Lane Theatre and on Gladstone Street,” adds Dolan.

The STEM events organised by Calmast are supported by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Garter Lane Arts Centre, the overall coordinator of the SprÓg Festival, and local companies EirGen Pharma, Sanofi, Bausch and Lomb, GSK, MSD, and SFI.

This wonderful, family friendly event will see you use maths in ways you’d never expect, get drawn in by fun challenges, puzzles and games and discover the wonderful world of numbers, shapes and all of maths! See you at Spraoi.

Harvest 2019 31A meal made entirely from food waste is a festival highlight at the 11th annual Waterford Harvest Festival, taking place from 6 – 8 September. The Wasted Supper Club, held at GROW HQ, the home of not-for-profit social enterprise GIY, will highlight the 1 million tonnes of food wasted annually in Ireland. This year’s programme of over 70 free and ticketed events features cooking demos, grow-it-yourself workshops, local food markets, child-friendly events, and more, all taking place across Ireland’s oldest city. For more information visit www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie.

Commenting on the launch of the programme, Festival Director Tommie Ryan said: “At Waterford Harvest Festival we are passionate about sustainably sourced food and reducing food waste. We are very excited to see GROW HQ Head Chef, JB Dubois, along with Chefs’ Manifesto ambassador Conor Spacey (Food Space) host a zero waste meal for 50 lucky diners to launch GROW HQ as the Irish hub for Chefs’ Manifesto – a global community of chefs facilitating change for a better food future.

“Walsh’s Bakehouse will team up with the fantastic and fun GastroGays to celebrate locally produced food serving a delectable dinner at The Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms. We are also delighted to introduce the unique Greenway Grazing food market along the Waterford Greenway on 6 September. Hop on your bike or put on your walking shoes to explore food stalls filled with local produce along the old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan.

“Attracting over 40,000 visitors each year, Harvest 2019 will see Waterford city transform into a foodie haven celebrating local food, culture and heritage across the three days.”

Mark Diacono (River Cottage & Otter Farm) and Lia Leendertz (The Telegraph & The Guardian) will discuss how to create the ultimate kitchen garden at an interactive workshop at GROW HQ, Dunmore Rd.

A multi-course pop-up lunch with highly esteemed chef, Sham Hanifa (The Cottage Restaurant) will take place at the award-winning Everett’s Restaurant on High St. serving the best of Irish wholesome flavours with a Malaysian twist. Seaweed expert Marie Power, aka The Sea Gardener will also explore the world of seaweed delights at Momo, Patrick St.

The final day will host an exclusive five course tasting menu to close out the Festival at Faithlegg, cooked by local chef extraordinaires Jenny Flynn (Faithlegg), Paula Hannigan (Cliff House Hotel), and Pamela Kelly (Farmgate Café).

Children can enjoy themselves at the Junior HQ tent, located on Ballybricken Green. Waterford’s Little Red Kettle are running a free drama workshop for children aged 10+ and kids of all ages are invited to take part in Ireland’s interactive drum show. On Sunday, little bakers can learn the art of chocolate biscuit cake making at Carter Chocolate Café, on Barronstrand St.

Further key events include a feast of cooking demos taking place at the Dawn Meats Demo Tent, on John Roberts Sq., with celebrity chef Edward Hayden, along with another appearance from the GastroGays, as well as local chefs Sam Burfield (The Tannery Restaurant), Jenny Flynn (Faithlegg), Emiliano Cislaghi (Emiliano’s Italian Restaurant), Eric Thezé (La Boheme) and Eoin Aulsberry (Holycross Bar & Restaurant).

Tommie added: “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.

“Waterford has a legacy of great cuisine and Waterford Harvest Festival celebrates that by bringing together traditional and new culinary specialities for all the family to enjoy.”

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